Poudre School District’s newest middle and high school in Wellington officially has a name, school colors and a mascot — all “seeped in tradition,” much like the town.
The new middle and high school under construction in Wellington will be called Wellington Middle/High School. They will be called the Eagles, and maroon and white will be the school colors, maintaining a tradition for Wellington schools first established in 1926.
“It is because of the innovative opportunities for learning in our new building that we desire to intentionally build on the history and traditions in our community through the name, mascot and colors that precede the building that we will be fortunate enough to call home,” Wellington Middle School Principal Kelby Benedict told the PSD Board of Education during a presentation Tuesday night.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the name after a brief presentation from Benedict during Tuesday’s meeting.
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Wellington last had a high school from 1926 to 1964. In 1964, it became Wellington Junior High School, and high school students moved to the newly opened Poudre High School in Fort Collins. In 1993, the original building was replaced with what is now called Wellington Middle School, Benedict said.
Wellington Middle School is home to the last remaining structure from the original high school building: an arch on the south end of the school building.
Since 1926, the school has had the same mascot and school colors: the Eagles, with maroon and white.
Per district policy, high schools should be named for regional objects or geographic areas, unless a compelling reason is brought up for another name. Combined middle and high schools should also follow this naming policy.
The district superintendent may also recommend to the Board of Education a new high school be named for the city it is in if no such school exists.
“The town of Wellington is really seeped in tradition, and the residents are really loyal to their mascots and to their schools,” Board Director Carolyn Reed said. “I’m really proud we’ve decided to go with the name Wellington Middle/High School, and we’ve decided to preserve the school colors and the school mascot. I know it means a lot for the community.”
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The new school is set to open in fall 2022. In its first years, the school will serve all middle school grades and ninth and 10th grades, according to the district. An additional high school grade will be added each year, and the school’s first graduating senior class will be in 2025.
Wellington Middle/High School will have an outdoor central learning park, two-story windows throughout the entire building, flexible learning spaces and student learning pods, among other features, Benedict said.
The new school is located west of Interstate 25 at Larimer County roads 9 and 62E. Construction is expected to cost $115 million to $130 million and was funded by a 2016 voter-approved bond measure.
The district intends to repurpose the current Wellington Middle School building, likely as an intermediate school for grades four and five from Eyestone and Rice elementary school areas, according to the district website. No other details have been provided.
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