Raymond Kruse

Our Namesake - Raymond James Kruse

It is an honor to have a school named after Raymond James Kruse. Ray has a long history in Poudre School District. He was a physical education instructor, football and wrestling coach, counselor, assistant principal, and principal in Poudre School District. He was involved in designing French Field by Rocky Mountain High School, as well as the gymnasium-athletic-playground areas at a number of elementary, junior high, and high schools in the school district. He implemented the Girl's Athletic Program in the 1970's to meet the requirements of Title IX. As you can see, he has contributed a lot in Poudre School District.
He was active in professional organizations, both as a teacher and administrator. He was a charter member and served as Treasurer of the Colorado High School Athletic Directors Association in the mid 1970's. One of the biggest honors for Ray was when he became the first and only junior high school coach to be inducted into the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame in 1977.