During the early part of the 19th century, the old trail that
connected the Arkansas and Platte river systems along the Front Range
was the Cherokee Trail. Among the groups who frequented this route were
Spanish military expeditions, the Long Scientific Expedition, Native
American tribes, traders and gold seekers.
The Cherokee Trail was not primarily a route for wagon trains of
families moving west, nor was it used as a commercial route like the
Santa Fe Trail. It was considered the trail of the adventurer: the
Spanish soldier, the Rocky Mountain fur trapper, the Indian trader, the
explorer, and the gold seeker.
Because we have embarked on a great "adventure" with this high
school, the essence of the name "Cherokee Trail" seems most appropriate.