East High School (Denver)
Denver East High School is a public high school located in the City Park neighborhood on the east side of Denver, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Denver Public Schools system, and is one of four original high schools in Denver. The other three are North High School, West High School, and South High School.
|Denver East High School|
1600 City Park Esplanade
|Former name||Denver High School|
|School board||The Denver Board of Education|
|School district||Denver Public Schools|
|NCES District ID||0803360|
|NCES School ID||080336000338|
|Teaching staff||128.64 (on an FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||2603 (as of 2019) |
|Student to teacher ratio||20.67|
|Campus size||11.5 acres|
|Color(s)||Red & White|
|Athletics||30+ Sports, Club and Varsity|
|Athletics conference||CHSAA 5A, Denver Prep League|
|Feeder schools||Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences, McAuliffe International School|
Denver East High School
|Built by||Arvid Olson Invest. & Building Co.|
|Architect||George Hebard Williamson|
|Architectural style||Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Jacobethan Revival, other|
|NRHP reference #||06000660|
|Added to NRHP||July 27, 2006|
- 1 History
- 2 Academics and Activities
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
Denver East High School opened in 1875 and was the first high school in Denver. The first graduating class was in 1877. In 1889, it moved to 19th and Stout Street because of the need for more room. This location is now referred to as "Old East," and could accommodate 700 students.
The architect for the current facility was Denver native George Hebard Williamson, himself an 1893 graduate of "Old East" High. Williamson won national recognition for his design of the "new" East, which has a 162-foot (49 m) high clock tower modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
In early 1991, the East High building was declared an official Denver Historic Landmark by the Denver Landmark Commission and the Denver City Council.
East has been repeatedly honored as one of America's top high schools. It was honored in 1957 as one of the country's top high schools and subsequently selected in 1968 as one of America's Top Ten Schools. In 2000 Newsweek recognized East as one of America's top hundred public high schools. In 2008, Newsweek again recognized East in its annual list of the country's "Top High Schools".It is ranked 23rd out of Colorado high schools and 974th nationally by U.S. News "Best High Schools".
Academics and ActivitiesEdit
Clubs and Organizations-Edit
The Denver East student body has over 60 unique student-lead clubs and organizations including clubs revolving around represented groups in the community, and clubs that present students with unique opportunities to become involved. Students are able to create their own clubs and organize meetings/ events after proper approval. Popular clubs include Ski and Board Club, Sustainability Club, Key Club International, Latino Students United, Spike Ball Club, No Place 4 Hate, and Black Student Alliance.
East has an instrumental music program with three jazz bands, two concert bands, and an orchestra. Choir and theater also play prominent roles in the community with a variety of classes ranging from introductory to honors level. The groups preform regularly with choir hosting a Cabaret in the fall and a large pop-show performance in the spring. The East Theatre Company (ETC) hosts two large performances yearly with a fall play and spring musical in addition to senior projects and other smaller scale events.
Constitutional Law or "Con Law" as most Angels refer to it, is a large part of the academic extracurricular setting at East. The team, usually composed of 11th and 12th graders, has continuously traveled to Washington D.C. to compete in the national Center for Civic Education's "We the People: The Citizens and the Constitution" competition. This competition involves on average 54 other teams who have qualified by winning their state's competition and totals to around 300 students. The team has won 5 national titles with the most recent being in April of 2019.Other national titles include 2009, 2008, 2007, and 1992.
East is also known for its speech and debate program. As of 2019 the team is ranked the 156th best program in the United States, out of over 3000 high schools. This team regularly send competitors to both State and National Competitions. In 2010, the school fielded two state champions, as well as a finalist at the NFL National Tournament. At the 2011 NFL National Tournament, East fielded a national champion in congressional debate, and placed second in duo interpretation.
Model United Nations has been an accomplished team at East since the late 1900s. It has always been known for competing in state, national, and international conferences with a high success rate. Most recently in February, 2019 the team competed at an International Model United Nations Conference in Birkerød, Denmark where they returned two individual "Best Delegate" (1st place) awards. The team also hosts a biannual conference at East which sees upwards of 400 competitors from over 30 schools including several from out of Colorado. The conference is widely respected state-wide for developing intellectual background guides and facilitating strong debate between competitors.
DECA is a huge activity at east with over 200 students involved and a tremendous record of success at the district, state, and international level. In 2019, 21 students qualified for the annual ICDC (International Career Development Conference) where students demonstrated their knowledge about business, marketing, and entrepreneurship against a global audience. One student earned 1st place in the business manual category. The club as well focuses on community outreach with public events such as the annual "Trick-or-Treat Street" and large fundraisers aimed to collect donations for programs such as the Special Olympics.
East offers a wide range of options in the Advanced Placement (AP) sector including Advanced Placement classes in English Language, English Literature, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, French Language, U.S. History, World History, Human Geography, U.S. Government & Politics, Comparative Government & Politics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science, Micro/ Macro Economics, Psychology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Studio Art, Art History, Drawing/ Painting, Photography/ 2D Art, and Ceramics/ 3D Art. This allows students to take classes that challenge their thinking and that prepare them for college work loads.
Concurrent Enrollment or Dual Enrollment classes through the C.U. Succeed program are also available on and off campus. Students can take classes in subject areas such as English Composition, Algebra, Environmental Science, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, History, and Japanese. These classes allow students to take classes that qualify as credit towards their high school diploma as well as college credit hours that can be used to wave introductory classes students might be required to take upon starting a post-secondary education. Classes are taken with credit rewarded through the University of Colorado Denver but students can also take classes at the downtown Denver Auraria Campus at the Community College of Denver.
Denver East is ranked 4th in the State of Colorado for greatest amount of State Championships with the Angels holding 70 total state championships; 63 in boys teams and 7 in girls teams. Additionally, teams representing Denver East outside of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) as club teams have accumulated 8 combined state championships bringing the high school's count to 78 1st place finishes since the early 1900s.
In 2007, the boys' basketball team was named the top-ranked team in the state by RISE Magazine and Sports Illustrated, and finished the season with another 5A state championship win, topping a season with a 22-3 record.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Cross Country, Boys||5||1967,1964, 1963, 1959, 1958|
|Golf, Boys||2||1952, 1947|
|Tennis, Boys||16||1968, 1967, 1964, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1949, 1943, 1939, 1938, 1936, 1934, 1933, 1931|
|Soccer, Boys||3||2011, 2008, 1994|
|Football, Boys||2||1962, 1949|
|Winter||Basketball, Boys||11||2014, 2008, 2007, 2004, 1999, 1996, 1965, 1964, 1952, 1951, 1943|
|Swimming, Girls||2||1994, 1992|
|Baseball, Boys||2||1994, 1951|
|Track, Boys||19||1966, 1965, 1964, 1960, 1953, 1948, 1946, 1945, 1942, 1941, 1939, 1937, 1936, 1907, 1906, 1905, 1904, 1903, 1902|
|Track, Girls||3||1992, 1985, 1984|
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Spring||Ultimate Frisbee, Boys||2||2019, 2018|
|Rugby, Boys||6||2018, 2015, 2009, 2004, 2002, 1997|
2018-2019 School Year
- Male- 47.0%
- Female- 53.0%
- Hispanic- 23.0%
- White- 49.0%
- African American- 17.0%
- Asian/ Pacific Islander- 2.0%
- American Indian- 0.3%
- Multiple Races- 8.0%
- Percentage Minority Students- 51.0%
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