North High School (Denver, Colorado)
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North High School Denver, Colorado
North High School
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Denver North High School
2960 N. Speer Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80211-3754
United States[1]
Coordinates39°45?36?N 105°01?21?W / 39.76007°N 105.02261°W / 39.76007; -105.02261Coordinates: 39°45?36?N 105°01?21?W / 39.76007°N 105.02261°W / 39.76007; -105.02261
School districtDenver Public Schools
PrincipalScott Wolf[1]
Faculty74.39 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,235 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio16.60[2]
Color(s)Purple and gold   
Athletics conferenceDenver

North High School is an historic public high school located in the Northside of Denver, Colorado, United States. The school is part of the Denver Public Schools system and has been in continuous operation since 1883.[4] It is one of four original high schools in Denver; the other three are East, West, and South.


The high school was constructed by the then-independent township of Highland, northwest of Denver, in 1883. It belonged to Denver Public Schools from the beginning and was known as 'Denver North Side High School'; the original graduating class of 1886 was entirely female.[4] In 1896 Highland was incorporated into the city of Denver and the existing school became inadequate for the growing number of students; a new Beaux-Arts style building was constructed in 1911 which continues to serve as the core of the modern school.

In the latter part of the 20th century, North High School experienced a continual decline in attendance and student achievement. In 2012-13 the graduation rate was 56.7%, with a drop-out rate of 3.4% and attendance rates of 90%.[5] In 2010 it received a $3.1 million grant from the federal government as part of a scheme to reinvigorate low-performing schools in the United States.[6] In 2007 the school received a $17.1 million remodeling that restored the historic features of the 1911 building and updated the athletic buildings and infrastructure.[7]

Following several changes in administration, North High School has seen a strong rebound in recent years, with sharp rises in student enrollment, attendance, and graduation rates.[6]

On the sitcom Good Luck Charlie, it is the rival school of South High, where Teddy goes to school, and where PJ graduated from, and has a barbarian for a mascot in the show. It is almost seen in the episode "Double Whammy".


The number of students enrolled in North High School in 2009-2010 was 953.

Notable alumni



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  2. ^ a b c "North High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
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  4. ^ a b Ariana Ross (2016-09-10). "NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST - DENVER'S ICONIC PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Yesenia Robles (2015-03-15). "Denver's North High showing signs that latest improvements will stick". Denver Post. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b Jeremy P. Meyer (2010-08-27). "Colorado schools get $43 million in grants". The Denver Post. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "North High School Historic Renovations". Retrieved .
  8. ^ Noel, Thomas J.; Norgren, Barbara S. (1987). Denver: The City Beautiful. Denver, CO: Historic Denver, Inc. pp. 204-205. ISBN 0-914628-22-4.
  9. ^ "Colorado Architects Biographical Sketch - Burnham F. Hoyt" (PDF). Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Colorado History Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 21, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  • Colorado Department of Education Report Card [1]

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