The history of Chugwater School dates back to 1873, when the first schoolhouse, a one-room 18' by 24' wooden building was built by Hi Kelly. School history states that the school was organized in 1913, with the original building being moved to the current school site in 1914. The school district included a number of country schools, though by 1929 all students in the district were attending the town school, thus marking the end of the country school era.
The class of 1924 was the first to graduate from Chugwater School's high school, which at the time was only a three year program. The high school became a four year program in 1926. Francis Gard graduated in 1925 and 1926 due to the change in the program. He was the only student to graduate twice! The school mascot has always been the buffalo.
Alumni try to plan an all-school reunion every five years, with the next being planned for 2019. Planning will begin this fall and anyone who would like to help will be welcome. Any assistance in locating graduates would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Ruth Vaughn (307)422-2509 or Carol Eckhardt (307)331-5765 for more information.
CHUG - CHallenging Unique Greatness
Chugwater Elementary and Jr/Sr. High Schools are located in the town of Chugwater, Wyoming directly in between Wheatland and Cheyenne. The Chugwater Schools are home to between 50 and 60 students from Platte and Laramie Counties. Chugwater Elementary is a comprehensive elementary school school serving students in Kindergarten through fifth grades. Chugwater Jr. /Sr. High School serves sixth grade through twelfth grades.
Elementary students enjoy small combined classrooms with one K/1, one 2/3, and one 4/5 teacher, also one special education teacher, and a half time Title 1 teacher. At the junior high and high school level there are 5 core teachers, instructing in classes such as math, language arts, social studies, science and agriculture/industrial arts. Along with the core classes Chugwater also offers specialty classes in art, vocal music, guitar, computer/business, PE and foreign language. Classes are aligned to meet the standards for the Wyoming Hathaway Scholarship.
Students enrolled in the Chugwater Schools have the opportunity through small class sizes to work closely with excellent teachers to gain knowledge that will help them with any goals the students may have for the future.
Chugwater Schools - "Doing what is best for Student Success!"
Tom Waring, Principal of Chugwater Schools
A special thank you from the Town of Chugwater and it's residents to all of the Teachers and Staff at Chugwater School.
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