School Profile

HHS School Profile 2023-2024

Heritage High School
Established in 1972, Heritage is the newest of the three comprehensive high schools within Littleton Public Schools. The other two include Littleton High School (1956) and Arapahoe High School (1965). The school's mascot is the Eagle, and the school's colors are Scarlet and Silver.

Awards and Recognitions
During the 1990-91 school year, Heritage became the first high school in the district to be recognized as a United States Department of Education National Recognition School, earning itself its Blue Ribbon of Excellence designation.

Recent accomplishments include:

  • Being ranked as one of the top high schools in America by Newsweek Magazine.
  • Being acknowledged by 5280 magazine as one of the top schools in the Denver area.
  • Having 29 students receive the prestigious Boettcher scholarship during our history.
  • In the past eight years from 2016-2023, having 70 students recognized in the National Merit Scholarship program with eight students achieving Finalist status, nine students achieving Semi-Finalist status, 43 achieving Commended status, seven National Hispanic Scholars, and one National Indigenous Scholar recognition.
  • Having 629 students take 1,215 AP exams, and having 78% of those exams graded three or higher.
  • Having graduating seniors offered nearly $24 million in scholarships and 15 students accepting NCAA athletic scholarships.
  • Raising over $280,000 since 2006 during MAD (Make a Difference) Week with most of the money going to Sierra Leone where we have helped build our sister school in Kabala (in conjunction with Operation Classroom). Also sending over 24 students and teachers to Kabala to help build the school and connect with teachers, students and community. During MAD Week we have also supported projects like Make-a-Wish, Free the Dalit, Lone Survivor Foundation, Danny Dietz Leadership & Training Foundation and Doctors Without Borders.
  • Earning a composite score of 1,080 on the SAT.
  • Having 85% of our graduates go on to 2-year or 4-year colleges.

Mission Statement
As a community of learners, founded on the principles of integrity and respect, we are committed to rigorous and relevant learning for all students. We cultivate meaningful collaborative relationships. We develop global citizens who are creative, critical thinkers and life-long learners prepared for the challenges of leading in the 21st Century.

Heritage's Placement on the Colorado Growth Model
Visit the Colorado Department of Education website for information on the new Colorado Growth Model. See how Heritage compares to other schools in the district and in the state.

The Building

  • The school contains 230,500 square feet divided between three levels.
  • The theatre seats 732 people and the main gymnasium seats about 1,600.
  • The library (also known as the Integrated Learning Center- ILC) is located on the first floor near the student access points. Housed within the ILC is our Flight Tutoring Center for student academic support as well as NHS tutor involvement. Also included is a Mac Lab complete witha aTedTalk stage for student presentations.
  • Every floor has an interdisciplinary faculty office adjacent to the department classrooms and resource centers.
  • The school has two lecture halls located on the second and third floors. These lecture halls accommodate approximately 100 people for large meetings or presentations.
  • The school includes a greenhouse on the roof that the students maintain throughout the year. Students belonging to the Botany Club learn various methods of growing and marketing their products.
  • The Audio/Visual Studio incorporates the latest in high-tech equipment for students to create and produce audio and visual porjects. The greenscreen allows for interactive displays and the opportunity for students to learn modern usage for immediate application during high school and into post-secondary careers.
  • In Student Center thrives with multiple opportunities for engagement with activities such as a Game Room, Study Area, and modern audio/visual displays. Students enjoy lunch at the updated, interactive seating complete with booths and large group tables.
  • Every floor has adaptable seating for interavtive and collaborative use by students.
  • The school also houses a construction technology workshop and lab where students can use laser engravers, 3-D printers, a computer program steel cutter and much more.
  • Inaddition to the main gymnasium, the school also houses an auxiliary gym, a state of the art weight room, a climbing wall, an indoor turf fitness center and an indoor pool. Outside the school are four tennis courts, a lighted artificial turf football field, and all-weather track, a soccer field, and a baseball field.
  • The school's practice fields total approximately 500,000 square feet.
  • Remodeling during the summers of 2005 and 2006, we updated departmental offices, improved the school's HVAC system, added water sprinklers, moved the library to the first floor, remodeled the entire business department, added new varsity lockers rooms above the existing west locker room, added an auxiliary gym, updated existing locker rooms, remodeled the administrative and counseling offices, updated all restrooms, and replaced lockers throughout the building. Cost of the remodel was approximately $14.5 million.




School Crest

  • The diving eagle, grasping a banner which bears the school motto, "Primus Inter Pares," which means "The First Among Equals," is at the top of the crest. The eagle is the school mascot. The dates 1872 and 1972 are important since 1872 is the date the first schoolhouse opened in Littleton, and 1972 is the founding date of Heritage. 
  • The mountain scene symbolizes the valley and its surroundings. 
  • The wagon wheel is symbolic of the early pioneers. 
  • The lamp symbolizes education. 
  • The wheat symbolizes agriculture, a huge part of Littleton's beginnings. 
  • The frontiersman and the astronaut symbolize early and modern times.