National and State Register

Durango High School

La Plata County

Extensively ornamented with terra cotta, high artistic values are embodied in this three-story, buff brick building.  Constructed in 1917, it served as the city’s only high school until 1976.

A picture looking up to the high school with two rows of vertical windows and arched entrance in the center with stairs leading down then splitting in either direction.

Durango High School (ca. 2000 photograph.)

Designed by the Colorado Springs architectural firm of Thomas MacLaren and Charles Thomas, the Classical Revival style building is the only collaborative effort in Durango by these two important architects.