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Natrona County High School

Natrona County High School
Natrona County mustangs
Pride in Excellence
930 S. Elm Street
Casper, Wyoming
United States
Type Public secondary
Established 1896
School district Natrona County School District #1
Principal Shannon Harris
Faculty 80
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Number of students 1,700+ (approximately)[1]
Color(s) Black, Orange and White
Mascot Mustang
Natrona County High School
Location 930 S. Elm St., Casper, Wyoming
Area 11 acres (4.5 ha)
Built 1927
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 93001491[2]
Added to NRHP January 7, 1994

The school building

Natrona County High School (NCHS) is a public secondary school (grades 9–12) located in Casper, Wyoming, and serves Natrona County School District #1, which encompasses all of Natrona County, Wyoming. The school remains a rival of Kelly Walsh High School, one of Casper's other two high schools along with Roosevelt High School. A fourth nearby high school is Midwest School in Midwest, Wyoming. The drama department has the distinction of being home to International Thespian Society Troupe 1. NCHS is an International Baccalaureate World School.


  • History and facilities 1
  • Academics 2
    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) 2.1
    • International Baccalaureate Program (IB) 2.2
  • Athletics 3
  • School symbols and culture 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History and facilities

Natrona County High School was originally known as Casper High School in its early days. The current building was constructed between 1924 and 1941 in Collegiate Gothic style. It was partially built under the authority of the Works Progress Administration; the crest of the WPA visible in the sidewalks on the front campus. In exchange for the federal assistance, male student participation in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps was mandatory until a few years after Kelly Walsh High School opened in 1965. The JROTC at NCHS is the second oldest unit in the nation and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014.

The school's swimming pool was built in 1929, making it the first indoor pool for educational purposes in the state. It was demolished in 2014 during renovations to the building. [3]

The campus of the Natrona County High School was the first campus for Casper College, a community college also located in Natrona County Wyoming, which occupied the upper level of NCHS in the late 1940s, before it had a campus of its own.

Natrona County High School was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 1, 1994.[4]

In 2010-2011 the Natrona County School District began the process of a major re-design to reconfigure the site and renovate the historic building.[5][6] In early 2012 the state allocated $118 million for the design and construction of the NCHS renovations and expansion.[7] In July 2012 the state released funds for the design with construction funds to be released in 2013.[8] In August 2012 preliminary concepts for the design of the renovated school were presented to the community by Bassetti Architects.[9]

Dean Kelly resigned as principal in September 2014 after a school district investigation into sexual harassment complaints resulting from a skit performed during hazing and initiation of new teachers before the start of the school year. Kelly did not take part in or directly approve the skit, but took responsibility as the head administrator. Kelly Hornby, executive director for curriculum instruction in Natrona County School District #1, will fill the role of acting principal until a new principal is hired. [10]


In addition to standard core curriculum, NCHS offers courses in several areas of academic and technical specialty, including:

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Audio Production
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Auto Service
  • Business
  • Cisco
  • DECA
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • FBLA
  • FFA
  • Metals
  • NCTV (video)
  • Small Engines
  • Welding
  • Wood Tech

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

NCHS has been offering the IB Diploma Program through the IB World School program since 2001.[11] The program is a comprehensive two-year curriculum for students in grades 11 and 12. Graduates of the program are awarded a high school diploma recognized by universities worldwide.[12]


NCHS offers the following athletic programs:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Basketball - Boys
  • Basketball - Girls
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track - Boys
  • Indoor Track - Girls
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Soccer - Boys
  • Soccer - Girls
  • Swimming - Boys
  • Swimming - Girls
  • Tennis
  • Track - Boys
  • Track - Girls
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

School symbols and culture

NCHS's fight song is "All Hail To Casper high school",[13] a song that, in its title, recalls the early history of the school.

The school mascot is the Mustang. "Every day is a great day to be a Mustang", a famous slogan in the halls of NCHS. It further exemplifies the motto of Pride in Excellence.

A bronze mustang by Wyoming artist Chris Navarro graces the football field, which was named Cheney Alumni Field in honor of alumnus Richard Cheney in 2003. Cheney donated $1000 for the construction of the field.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Natrona School High School Planning webpage. Retrieved 2011-11-02
  2. ^
  3. ^ , Casper Star-Tribune, April 10, 2014Wrecking ball looms for school's historic pool, retrieved 2014-12-02
  4. ^ Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2011-11-02
  5. ^ Natrona Schools Scope of Project. Retrieved 2011-11-02
  6. ^ Natrona Schools High School Planning. Retrieved 2011-11-02
  7. ^ , Casper Star Tribune, March 7, 2012Natrona County School District gets $175M for high school projects, retrieved 2012-07-04
  8. ^ , Casper Journal, July 2, 2012School construction money released - Officials wrestle with spending plans, retrieved 2012-07-04
  9. ^ , Casper Star Tribune, August 28, 2012Plans for renovated Natrona County High School expand theater stage, replace famed gym, retrieved 2012-08-29
  10. ^ , Casper Star-Tribune, September 17, 2014NCHS principal resigns after inappropriate skit. Retrieved 2014-12-02
  11. ^ International Baccalaureate Program. Retrieved 2011-11-02
  12. ^ School IB Program webpage. Retrieved 2011-11-02
  13. ^ School Athletics webpage. Retrieved 2011-11-02

External links

  • Official site
  • Natrona County High School at the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office
  • Concept plans for renovation, Casper Star Tribune, August 28, 2012
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