East High School (Denver)
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East High School Denver
Denver East High School
Front of East High School in Denver, 05-Sep-2012.jpg
1600 City Park Esplanade


United States
Coordinates39°44?30?N 104°57?22?W / 39.74167°N 104.95611°W / 39.74167; -104.95611Coordinates: 39°44?30?N 104°57?22?W / 39.74167°N 104.95611°W / 39.74167; -104.95611
Former nameDenver High School
StatusCurrently operational
School boardThe Denver Board of Education
School districtDenver Public Schools
NCES District ID0803360
CEEB code060400
NCES School ID080336000338
PrincipalJohn Youngquist
Teaching staff128.64 (on an FTE basis)
Enrollment2603 (as of 2019) [1]
Student to teacher ratio20.67
Campus size11.5 acres
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Red & White         
Athletics30+ Sports, Club and Varsity
Athletics conferenceCHSAA 5A, Denver Prep League
NewspaperThe Spotlight
YearbookThe Angelus
Feeder schoolsHill Campus of Arts & Sciences, McAuliffe International School
Denver East High School
Built byArvid Olson Invest. & Building Co.
ArchitectGeorge Hebard Williamson
Architectural styleLate 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Jacobethan Revival, other
NRHP reference #06000660[1]
CSRHP #5DV.2091
Added to NRHPJuly 27, 2006

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 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[2] 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.

In July 2005, a music video for the song "Over My Head (Cable Car)", by The Fray was filmed in East High.

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.[3] In 2008, Newsweek again recognized East in its annual list of the country's "Top High Schools".[4]It is ranked 23rd out of Colorado high schools and 974th nationally by U.S. News "Best High Schools"[5].

Academics and Activities

Clubs and Organizations-

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 perform 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-

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.[6][7]Other national titles include 2009, 2008, 2007, and 1992.

Speech and Debate-

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.[8] This team regularly send competitors to both State and National Competitions.[] In 2010, the school fielded two state champions,[9] as well as a finalist at the NFL National Tournament.[10] At the 2011 NFL National Tournament, East fielded a national champion in congressional debate, and placed second in duo interpretation.

Model United Nations-

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 (Distributive Education Clubs of America)-

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.

Advanced Placement (AP)-

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 or Dual Enrollment (CE)-

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 waive 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.[11] 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.

Denver East Angels Athletic State Championships[11]- Colorado High School Activities Association 5A Division
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country, Boys 5[12] 1967,1964, 1963, 1959, 1958
Golf, Boys 2[13] 1952, 1947
Tennis, Boys 16[14] 1968, 1967, 1964, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1949, 1943, 1939, 1938, 1936, 1934, 1933, 1931
Soccer, Boys 3[15] 2011, 2008, 1994
Football, Boys 2[16] 1962, 1949
Winter Basketball, Boys 11[17] 2014, 2008, 2007, 2004, 1999, 1996, 1965, 1964, 1952, 1951, 1943
Basketball, Girls 1[18] 2010
Swimming, Girls 2[19] 1994, 1992
Wrestling, Boys 1[20] 1937
Spring Lacrosse, Boys 1[21] 2000
Baseball, Boys 2[22] 1994, 1951
Swimming, Boys 1[23] 1960
Track, Boys 19[24] 1966, 1965, 1964, 1960, 1953, 1948, 1946, 1945, 1942, 1941, 1939, 1937, 1936, 1907, 1906, 1905, 1904, 1903, 1902
Track, Girls 3[25] 1992, 1985, 1984
Soccer, Girls 1[26] 1983
Total 70

Denver East Angels Athletic State Championships- Club Teams
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Spring Ultimate Frisbee, Boys 2[27] 2019, 2018
Rugby, Boys 6[28] 2018, 2015, 2009, 2004, 2002, 1997
Total 8


2018-2019 School Year[29]

  • 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%

Notable alumni


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