The Senior Class of 1861—five students—was the first class to be graduated from Fort Collins High School.
By 1891 the Senior Class had grown to 15 students. The making of this informal Senior Class “farewell portrait” was the beginning of a tradition that has continued ever since.
|Now the Senior Class “farewell portrait” is always taken in the gym: The Fort Collins High School Senior Class of 1989 numbered 420.
|For many years each graduating class donated, and planted, a class tree to beautify the school’s grounds. This tradition continues today with a twist: Each graduating class presents a class gift to beautify the school inside or outside the building.
|The first Commencement Exercise at Fort Collins High School contained the same elements then as those of today: speeches and other expressions of gratitude, music, and the presentation of diplomas.