SOME HISTORY OF DAWSON'S CAMPUS
Dawson's physical campus has had a remarkable history, since its founding in 1970 to the spectacular 107-acre campus we enjoy today. The Dining Commons represents the first new building added to campus in 20 years.
Dawson was founded by G.B. "Jerry" Henderson, who named the school after his father. The school launched as the Colorado Junior Republic in 1970, where "Nothing Without Labor" and "Love of the Land" came together to give students a chance to learn by doing, whether on the farm, in a classroom, around campus, or on the athletic field.Time was split between a nearly 800-acre Lafayette campus and a 320-acre ranch at Stapps Lake near Ward. The cottages were dormitories, and there was a landing strip where students learned to fly. One can see the genesis of Dawson's commitment to outdoor and experiential learning, which is foundational to our program still today. The Green, the new campus 'quad,' will ensure that priority continues for years to come.
Intervening years saw the campus transition from boarding to day school, from all-boys to co-educational, and from upper school only to grades K-12. The Middle School grew into its own building in 1992, at which time Henderson Hall was also remodeled. In 1997, the Lower School was built.
Always an explorer and innovator, Henderson imbued Dawson's program with those passions - again, a hallmark of our school that has remained constant, even as trends and best practices in education change. Dawson's new Learning Commons and Innovation Center will ensure that today's - and tomorrow's - students have a place to explore and innovate.