Education at 7,000 ft. - Lowell Whiteman School
● By Grant Johnson
In the 1940s, Steamboat pioneer Lowell Whiteman dreamed of a school which would offer young people a rigorous college preparatory education coupled with "so much adventure for so long that they would have sufficient opportunity to grow and mature." Hence the founding of the Gaylord-Whiteman School in 1957, which soon became just The Lowell Whiteman School.
Today, the school continues to strive to attain Whiteman's expectations, and we offer a one-of-a-kind, authentic academic and experiential education that puts student learning and doing at the center of everything we do.
Our facilities, simple yet grand wooden buildings built in the tradition of mountain lodges, reflect a great deal about who the faculty and students are. The buildings are sturdy and rugged, have tons of character, and serve many purposes. The Charley Williams Lodge, our main building, houses most of the administrative offices, as well as a good portion of the classrooms. So the separation between the adults and the students at Lowell Whiteman is small, which makes for a highly integrated community. The three residence halls all have their own feel, yet each adheres to the idea of simple and cozy mountain living. The Borden Center houses our dining hall as well as the beautiful Krautkramer Theater. Finally, The Anderson Gymnasium has a basketball court, climbing wall, student lounge, weightroom, and ski-tuning room. All of the pieces fit, and serve to make the students' lives comfortable but not luxurious.
We invite you to come to Steamboat Springs to see our campus in action. Meeting our students and faculty and spending time in our classes will help demonstrate what is so exceptional about The Lowell Whiteman School. The students and families who enroll believe that learning is a multi-dimensional, hands-on affair. We are proud to uphold our founder's vision of a school that impacts the mind, body, and spirit.