Fossil Ridge High School is the newest of four public high schools in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. The school opened in August 2004, and was intended to help better distribute students in Fort Collins and alleviate pressure on Rocky Mountain High School.HistoryVoters approved the opening of Fossil Ridge High School in 2000, and the school opened to students in 2004.Athletics and activitiesFossil Ridge High School participates in the 5A Front Range League and offers all major sports to students. Highlights include a robust cheerleading program, which hit a perfect routine at the state competition in 2013, and took 13th place at the national competition in 2014. The boys' swim team won state championships in 2015 and 2016, while head coach Mark Morehouse was awarded National High School Coach of the Year honors by the National High School Coaches Association following the 2016 championship win. The girls' swim team won state championships in 2011-2012, 2014-15, and again in 2016-17. The boys' hockey team won their state championships during the 2011-12 season.The school also hosts many additional extracurricular activities, such as a yearbook staff, a school newspaper, a student council, community outreach organizations, and multiple musical groups. The marching band at Fossil Ridge won the state championships in 2012 and 2013, and took second place in 2014, 2015 and 2016.Fossil Ridge has a FIRST Robotics Competition team which is three years old, dubbed "Ridgebotics" by its members. In 2012, they received the Highest Seeded Rookie Award, and achieved 13th overall. In 2013, they were the 8th seed, but did not advance to Nationals. In 2014, they placed 45th due to electrical and coding difficulties. In 2015, the team advanced to the quarterfinals, achieving 26th in the placement rounds.