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Creating alternative experiences because each learner deserves different, not less.


Ferguson is committed to empowering passionate global citizens who are devoted to lifelong learning, celebrating differences, and positively impacting their world.

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining — they just shine.”Dwight L. Moody

History of FHS: The Story of the Lighthouse

Ferguson “Alternative” High School chose the lighthouse as their school symbol in 1990, as many students felt that Ferguson provides “a guiding light through life’s storms.” This light has helped lead those who had been lost, back to the safety and shelter of a caring school environment. During our graduation ceremonies, every graduate leaves a part of themselves and a piece of light for the students left behind, so that they too, will find their way to being successfully educated and cared about with the help of the “Ferguson Family.”

Following 21 years as the Principal of Loveland High School, Mr. Harold Ferguson moved to an administrative office position with the school district. Realizing the need for educational “alternatives” for high school students, he began a “storefront” school in 1972 on South Lincoln Avenue for students who had dropped out. In 1973, the school later moved to the old Washington School on Third Street until 1982, when it moved to the next location on East Eisenhower Boulevard. At that time, the district recognized Mr. Ferguson’s contribution to “alternative education” and renamed the school Harold Ferguson Alternative High School. In 1992, Ferguson dropped “alternative” out of our official name, as students now met the same graduation requirements as all other students in our district and they receive an official Ferguson High School Diploma.

Over the years the Ferguson Family has successfully provided a guiding light to students pursuing an alternative to traditional academic experiences. As a staff, our hope is that each and every student who chooses to attend Ferguson High School will benefit from the academic experience offered at our school.