Pueblo City Schools
Pueblo’s first school building was a one-room adobe hut built near the Fountain River around 1862. As the population grew, additional buildings and teachers were added. In 1866 “School District One” served what is now the north side of town.
The town of South Pueblo was laid out in 1872. In the summer of 1873, “District Twenty” was organized. At that time a one-room schoolhouse was built on South Union Avenue.
Additionally, the small districts 22, 43, and 45 existed briefly but were quickly absorbed into the larger two districts.
The existence of these two school districts in Pueblo gave rise to the oldest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi River – a game that is still played annually. Pueblo District One’s new Centennial High School opened January 9, 1878 with four staff members. Across town in South Pueblo’s District Twenty Central High School opened three years later in 1881 with seven staff members. Central and Centennial met in their first football game in the fall of 1892 – the first football game most Pueblo residents had ever seen. Since then the “Bell Game” has been an annual event drawing current students, alumni and community members together at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium.
Pueblo School Districts One and Twenty were consolidated into Pueblo School District 60 on March 4, 1946. Once again in 2006 the district underwent a name change when it became Pueblo City Schools. On August 1, 2019, the Board of Education voted, in accordance with it's strategic plan, to return to its roots and again adopted the name Pueblo School District 60. As the city has changed, so has the district, which now enrolls nearly 15,000 students. More than 140 years of traditions, community support and successes have helped lead Pueblo School District 60 as it develops into a district of purpose and impact.
About Pueblo School District 60
Pueblo School District 60 primarily serves the youth within the city of Pueblo. There are approximately 15,000 students served by 29 schools: 17 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 1 K-8 schools, 4 high schools, 2 magnet schools and 1 alternative school. The profile of the student body reflects 75% minority students and 63% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch programs. We are teachers, support personnel, administrators, school board members, parents and community members dedicated to improving student education.
The district's overall goal is to provide a high-quality education that assures each student the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to lead a life of purpose. In 2018 the district, in collaboration with diverse volunteers from throughout the community, collaborated and created a District Strategic Plan. The District Strategic Plan identifies seven core values, supported by strategies and action steps that will not only improve achievement, but will help the district to become a high performing school district that inspires community confidence.