Westside schools:
Farewell luau to old Bijou location

       It's a decaying portion of the original Bristol School, built in 1891, surrounded by ancient portables.
       But 730 N. Walnut St. has been home to the Bijou School, an alternative District 11 high school, most of its 39 years of existence. And so, with next year's relocation to the Whittier School site, a good-bye event is being planned. The date for the “Farewell to Walnut” celebration/luau will be Friday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “As a tribute to those who have been part of this venerable campus,” former staff, students and community members are also invited, Principal Wayne Hutchison said.
       “Please come join us in saying farewell to this site that has been the educational salvation for thousands of high school students from all over the Pikes Peak region,” he said.
       Whittier, at 2904 W. Kiowa St., has been an elementary school since 1901. It will close after this school year (end of May), according to district plans, with its students dispersing to Howbert Elementary or the new Westside Elementary inside the West Middle School building.
       Bijou started in 1970 as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), taking on the Bijou name in 1996 when it was located on Bijou Street. Intended for students who prefer an alternative to regular high schools, the school has been situated at the Bristol site from 1970-93 and 2000-present. A junior high program was also offered until 1980.
       Luau participants are asked to bring a dish to share, as well as a non-perishable item for the local food bank. For more information, call 328-7900 or e-mail hutchwv@d11.org.
       Coronado High will have a “battle of the bands” Friday night, May 1 in the school auditorium.
       Four or five student bands are expected to play in the event, starting at 7 p.m.
       There is no charge. The public is welcome.
       Each group will get 15 minutes to impress the crowd, based on the “battle” format.
       “It's a great event,” Student President Nick Kadlec said. “A lot of the school's talent comes out.”
       Wyoming University offensive lineman Kyle Howard - a 2004 graduate of Coronado High School - was selected as as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the National Football League draft last weekend.
       The 2004 graduate, 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, is graduating from the University of Wyoming with a degree in education.

Westside Pioneer/press releases