In maintaining a “home away from home” atmosphere, South High School provides an array of activities tailored to the interests and needs of its students. Since involvement, fun and excitement are the keys to a comprehensive education at South School, all students are encouraged to be involved in at least one activity or sport.
Speech and Debate is a competitive club. Our members pit their thinking and speaking skills against those of students from other metro high schools in Saturday competitions from October to April in such events as Debate, Oratory, Extemporaneous, Drama, Poetry, Humor and Duet Interpretation. Competitors are rewarded with improved speaking skills, lightning-fast thinking skills, and the pleasure of beating their peers from other schools. Students are also able to earn membership and awards from the national speech organization – the National Forensics League, and may win a spot to compete at the National Speech Tournament in June. Visit https://denversouth.dpsk12.org/student-life/speech-and-debate/ for more info!
Membership in National Honor Society is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Invitations for membership are extended to students who have attained the following
Initiation is held during the spring semester of each year. Annual dues and service hours must be completed to continue in and graduate with an NHS honors cord.
The ROTC Color Guard presents the National Colors at school and civic events throughout the year. They also post the American Flag and Colorado Flag on the flag pole in front of the school each day. Students train on the proper protocols for the United States Flag.
The JROTC Honor Platoon is a select group of young ladies in the JROTC program. They compete in drill competitions at city, state and regional, multi-state levels. They are also a service organization that performs school community service and community service learning projects.
The JROTC Drill Team is a select group of JROTC students. They compete in drill rifle competitions at city, state, and regional, multi-state levels. Students learn to drill with the M1903 drill rifle, using drill regulations and routines and movements of their own design.
The men’s and women’s JROTC Air Rifle Teams train and compete in Olympic style marksmanship competitions with other teams in the city and state. Olympic marksmanship events require great mental focus and concentration in addition to technique training.
The yearbook staff is made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors with teacher approval. The yearbook staff learns business, leadership, photography, editing, interviewing and computer skills. The yearbook staff meets one period, after school and occasionally on Saturdays. For information on senior photos and senior baby ads, click here!
The newspaper production course is one of the few classes where there is a final product that reflects the students’ hard work and effort. That final project is The Gargoyle, South High School’s student newspaper. The Gargoyle is a 16 page student newspaper published eight times each year. The course follows objectives and standards outlined by Denver Public Schools, with emphasis on practical experience. The course will require some after-school work, especially during deadline week.