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NCHS Mission Statement:
NCHS Community is committed to preparing responsible and life-long learners who value themselves, contribute to their society, and succeed in a changing world.
“Every Student, Every Chance, Every Day”
Natrona County High School (traditionally called Casper High) has been a stalwart of Wyoming for more than 100 years. Built in 1924, the current school unites tradition with innovation. Alumni have established themselves in leadership roles throughout the community, state, nation and world. The academic programs are second to none, and the school consistently leads the region with National Merit Scholarship finalists. The International Baccalaureate program graduates a very high percentage of its students every year. Nearly all of the staff members have advanced degrees, and many are recognized experts and educational leaders in their respective fields. School staff members continue to work on the Professional Learning Community goals that allow teachers time to collaborate on common instruction and assessments. Staff collaboration meetings are designed to enable each and every student to realize his or her full academic potential.
NCHS teachers and staff believe that every student can be successful at NCHS. The school has a small learning community freshmen program based upon the philosophy that student success in the ninth grade is a predictor for the eventual successful completion of high school. NCHS offers multilevel courses in math, language arts, social studies and science, including the International Baccalaureate program, which is a comprehensive and rigorous liberal arts course of study. In addition to outstanding academic core programs, NCHS has rich offerings in electives for students, including fine and performing arts, as well as an extensive selection of foreign language classes, including Russian. Career technical education offers a vast assortment of career trades, agriscience, business education, and family and consumer science. Physical education facilities are exemplary, including an indoor track, weight room, physical fitness center, and multipurpose outdoor facility. NCHS is proud to offer Junior ROTC, which has been a tradition at the school community since October 1913.
The No. 1 priority is academic excellence, but NCHS activities and extracurricular programs are among the finest in the Rocky Mountain region. NCHS offers every extracurricular activity sanctioned by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.
Classes at NCHS are from 8:20 a.m. to 3:24 p.m. Activities are available before and after school.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Natrona County High School was built between the years 1924 and 1941 and is one of the city and state's most distinctive high schools. The architectural style, Collegiate Gothic, is highlighted by a dramatic entry tower and the extensive use of terra cotta that draws attention to the building's memorable facade. Constructed after the 1920s oil boom in Casper, the architectural firm of Garbutt, Weidner and Sweeney designed an educational facility with numerous amenities unknown in Wyoming at that time such as an indoor swimming pool.
The physical appearance of Natrona County High School, its conception, and its growth are closely intertwined with the economic growth of Casper and the evolution of progressive ideas about education sweeping the country. The laying of its cornerstone in 1924 coincided with the emergence of the modern high school in America. For decades it was the only high school in Casper, and it also housed Casper College from 1944-1955. The building is important for its direct association with the growth of education in Casper, and in the area of architecture as an outstanding example of the Collegiate Gothic style in educational buildings, and as the work of a master architect, Arthur M. Garbutt.
Please browse through our web site and take a look at what our school has to offer. If you are visiting Casper or are new in town and would like to see our school up close please call 307-253-1700 or stop by (930 S. Elm Casper, Wyoming 82601) and say hello. Our friendly staff will be glad to assist you and answer any questions that you may have. We would love to have you as a Mustang or Filly and be part of our proud tradition of academic and extra-curricular excellence. You never know when a future NCHS graduate may change our world and help it become a better place for all of us to live.
As we always say here at Natrona…
"Every Day Is A Great Day to be a Mustang."