Phone: 719-328-6402


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Kevin Gardner, Principal

As the proud principal of Doherty High School, I’m excited to begin my 35th year in public education.  I want to personally welcome all of our students, parents and our community to SPARTA!  

As a Colorado native I’ve spent my life as a student, teacher and administrator in the public education system of the state of Colorado. I was born in Denver, graduated from Grand Junction High School and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I spent my teaching career in District 11, and began my administrative career in Douglas County and was honored to have the opportunity to return to Colorado Springs School District 11 when I was selected to lead Doherty High School. 

Our vision at Doherty High School is to become a next-generation high school that requires students to take primary responsibility for their learning, as well as their planning and preparation for life after high school by continuing their education, training or entering the military or workforce. Doherty High School works to personalize learning for each student, encourage student voice and choice, and be more tech-enabled by allowing students to access learning opportunities 24/7. The vision of Doherty High School also allows for our students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of different ways, not only through classroom grades and standardized testing (PSAT, SAT, AP and CMAS), but also expanding opportunities with the use of project-based learning, portfolios, internships and student presentations. It is important for our students, parents and our school community to remember that the mission of Doherty High School is to equip every DHS student with the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be college and workforce ready and to be contributing members of a rapidly changing society.  

As an educator, I am committed to student learning. My goal is to be a listener, a learner and a partner in bringing about success for our students, our school, and our community. It is vital that every stakeholder in our school has a voice and that we all share in the responsibility of leading a school that meets the needs of every student and the demands of the 21st Century.

Welcome to Sparta. I look forward to meeting each of you personally and sharing with you the many exciting opportunities available at Doherty High School.

Kevin Gardner, MA 
Principal Doherty High School