About Our School

Our Mission @ Fossil Ridge

Our mission at Fossil Ridge High School is to ensure, that upon graduating from Fossil Ridge High School, each student will possess the character, skills, aptitude, and knowledge to successfully engage in every option they choose in work and in post-secondary education.

Our Goal @ Fossil Ridge is “Excellence, Everywhere.” We emphasize this with our students and staff throughout the year and work together collaboratively to achieve this every day in our classrooms, in our leadership across the school and in our competition in academic and athletic events.

RIDGE @ Fossil

We believe in Respect, Integrity, Determination, Gratitude and Excellence at Fossil Ridge High School. This belief applies to the classroom, the sports arena, academics and leadership. Our students know that together we are the strongest community of learners and RIDGE is how we operate to be the best school in the state.

Our Focus @ Fossil Ridge

Our focus at Fossil Ridge High School centers on our quest for excellence, everywhere. We strive for excellence of character as a means of reaching excellence of achievement. We engage students, parents, and staff collaboratively to achieve excellence. Everything we do, every decision we make, is aligned with our mission. We will accomplish our goal for excellence, everywhere in an environment that is safe, nurturing, and free from disruption of learning.

Our Work @ Fossil Ridge

The History of Fossil Ridge High School

Fossil Ridge High School is the fourth and newest public high school in the Poudre School District, serving Fort Collins and northern Larimer County, Colorado. Originally named "Harmony High School", our campus went through a transition from "Fossil Creek High School" to its final title, Fossil Ridge High School. Our school is named for the low ridge in front of the foothills to the west and southwest of Fort Collins and attests to the rich collection of fossils found in the Fossil Creek area.

Fossil Ridge High School is one of the thirteen nationwide Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings. The school was constructed out of "green" materials and utilizes double-pane windows, as well as solar panels to produce energy. The school saves approximately $100,000 a year in utilities. Due to Fossil Ridge's environmentally friendly design, the Discovery Channel hosted a special highlighting energy saving and its importance in our modern society at the school. The new building received the international annual design award of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International for 2006, the "James D. MacConnell Award"[1] for outstanding new educational facilities.

Fossil Ridge opened with 475 students in grades 10 and 11 on August 18, 2004 and expanded to include seniors in 2005 and again in 2009 to include freshmen. Enrollment at Fossil Ridge remains strong with about 1970 students in grades 9-12.

Our Colors and Mascot @ Fossil Ridge

In the fall of 2003, a select committee composed of future students, parents, and community members engaged in a consensus decision process to determine the school colors and mascot. After receiving substantial input from all constituencies and engaging in lengthy discussion, the committee selected our colors as Hunter Green, Silver, and Black, and established our mascot as the SaberCat. Our mascot’s name is Fang.

At Fossil Ridge there is a community spirit of inclusion, pride and dedication to excellence in all that we do. Students take pride in and care of the school and its facilities, seek out challenging learning experiences, and involve themselves in a variety of school activities. Staff members are dedicated to excellence in their instruction, and seek to cultivate relationships of trust and respect with their students and the community. Parent involvement at Fossil Ridge is encouraged, supported and celebrated. Together, members of the Fossil Ridge learning community work hand in hand to sustain a school-wide culture of Respect, Integrity, Determination, Gratitude and Excellence (RIDGE).

The Alma Mater / Victory Song of Fossil Ridge

Our choir performs the Fossil Ridge Alma Mater at the beginning of all major assemblies, celebration events and commencement ceremonies. Derek Bestor, one of our graduates in 2006, wrote our school Alma Mater.

Through mountain pass black, silver, green
Walk proud and tall
Cross ridge and stream
We stand above 
The SaberCats will never fall
To hear the proud winds carry the roar
That always drowns out other calls 
Hail Fossil Ridge 
Memories and love behind us 
SaberCat pride we pledge to thee

Our pep band performs the Fossil Ridge Victory Song during all major athletic events throughout the year.

All hail the SaberCats
We're in the fight
We shall prevail
Onto a victory
Our colors proud
For all to see
We shall defend, Go Cats
Until the end, Go Cats