EAST HIGH SCHOOL RECORDS 1876-1989
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Items in this collection highlight student life and events as rather than administrative and academic records. Oversize items include: ledgers, scrapbooks, newspapers and ephemera. Papers relating to the Class of 1939 50th reunion have been grouped together as they were donated separately.
The majority of the series consists of special event programs such as club award ceremonies, oration contests, scholarship prizes, alumni receptions, concerts, theatrical productions and graduation. A small portion of this series includes written histories and memoirs by students and staff pertaining to school athletics, memorial services, alumni biographies and student directories and handbooks. One photograph is included in this series.
This series consists of one VHS videocassette donated by the Class of 1939, entitled That's Dancing. The video is twenty minutes long and has footage of many of the famous stars from the late 1930s.
Oversize material include: two ephemeral items and a single page from the Denver Post donated by the Class of 1939, as well as, ledgers and scrapbooks from the different clubs and individuals. Ledgers include meeting minutes from the Lyceum and Attic Literary Societies as well as the Denver High School Congress. The scrapbooks document student life and contain news clippings, programs and memorabilia. One scrapbook has mimeograph copies of the eighth grade entrance exams for East High School.
The collection is open for research.
The East High School Records are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
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East High School, originally known as Denver High School, began as part of Denver’s first public school in June 1872. Called the Arapahoe School, it accommodated both elementary and high school students. With many students living far from the school it took a few years for student activities to take hold. The Woodbury Medal prize, field trips to Morrison, Colorado, dances and the school’s literary society, the Lyceum Club, were the only student activities. In 1876, the high school had four teachers and held mandatory entrance exams for each eighth grade student to advance to high school. In 1877, the seven graduating seniors elected the school colors of red and white.
As the Arapahoe School student body grew it became apparent that a new high school was needed. By 1882, only the south wing of a new building at 19th and Stout was completed. The high school moved into that section while construction continued. Once completed in 1889, it was listed in Baedeker’s Guidebook as one of the show places of the West. Although it was famed for its decorative architectural elements, the school lacked a gymnasium, cafeteria, shop building and supplies for science classes. The Arapahoe School remained open as an elementary school until 1890, when it closed and was eventually razed.
After moving into the new school, the Attic, another literary society was created. Each produced journals called The Lyceum Star and The Attic Sun. East High School, still called Denver High School, continued to grow. When the first middle school in Denver opened in 1917, the Latin School, or Old Broadway School, was closed and integrated into East High.
The class of 1925 wast the last to graduate from the 1886 Denver High School building, or
Old East was demolished, and the new building, or
New East, was dedicated on September 25, 1925. The new building located at 1600 City Park Esplanade, remains the current East High School. Speech contests like the Woodbury, Wolcott, Kiwanis Oratorical, Stevens Oratorical and Shafroth Extemporaneous competitions were widely popular.
The remainder of the 20th century was one of continued growth and development. The years also brought much social and cultural change to the school. As of 2012, there were approximately 2,200 students enrolled in the school.
1 box (1 linear foot)
1 Audiovisual box
1 oversize box
1 Oversize file folder
1 Oversize folio
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The collection was donated by East High School in 1968. Some additional materials were added by Betty H. Nichols in 1989, and by Verna Rose Gagnon, on behalf of the Reunion Class of 1939, between 1989-1990. Additonal items were donated by Kenton Forrest in 1991. Items added in 2023 by Deborah Braun.
1980’s Denver tour books and the 1937 and 1938 additions of the East High Angelus yearbook have been transfered to the Western/History Department.
Number of Boxes: 1 (1 linear foot)
Audio-Visual: 1 envelope
Oversize: 1 Box, 1 File Folder, 5 Folios
- East High School (Denver, Colo.) -- Archives.
- Ephemera. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- High schools (institutions). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- High schools -- Colorado -- Denver -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Schools -- Colorado -- Denver -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Scrapbooks. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Students. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- EAST HIGH SCHOOL RECORDS 1877-1992
- December 2012
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