Students enrolled 493
Hours no info
School leader John Youngquist
Transportation options Yes
District Denver Public Schools

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1545 Detroit St
Denver, CO 80206

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4 stars
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May 25, 2014
In many ways this is a very good school & I'm willing to delete the comment & write about all the great stuff. One appalling flaw that I and many other parents have brought up for more than this year to admin is the practice in 1 Spanish rm. The teacher uses like a roulette wheel for kids to earn 'pesos' for participating in class. They participate (if called on), spin a wheel thing, then where ever it lands is how many pesos the kid gets. Don't know exactly-there are various numbers from 0-100 on the wheel. Kids buy pesos from other kids so they can get their participation grade up (a friend in my kid's class has pd > $25 for pesos this yr from others who gets picked all the time and has more pesos than they need.) If they get a bad grade on the final exam, they can hand in any extra pesos to make their grade better. One kid who has tons of pesos has been saying that they can fail the final next wk & still get an A. How about the kid that doesn't get picked often & doesn't have $ to buy pesos from others? Admin people says the roulette is used in many foreign lang classes to get kids to participate more. Admin says the buying of pesos isn't taking place anymore- false.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
We are new to the city and we knew East HS would be a big change for my 9th grade daughter. It has been the very best change. The school culture is one of accepting all people as they are. Students can be who they want to be. Because of this my daughter has completely blossomed. She is so much more confident and happier. She is actually excited to go to school each day! It is not a cookie cutter, fit the "middle class, white, very christian, athlete" mold (as it was before we moved). There is so much diversity and yet, everyone seems to meld together and respect others even if they are different. It is a very safe school and while there is open lunch where the students can walk to Colfax for lunch and after school, police presence and dean presence is strong. They do not mess around if they think students are involved with drugs or fighting. The academics are great as with most college prep high schools. They offer many AP classes and honors classes. Choir and drama seem to be huge, as does Speech and Debate, and Basketball. Going to East has been life changing for my very miserable middle schooler! Love it!!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
This school is great good sports teams good students and great academics also the teachers are really fun and caring.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2013
This school is amazing. There is a wide range of challenging classes available, the athletics are awesome, and the arts programs are equally remarkable. The teachers get better and better as the classes increase in difficulty. However, it is also known for being a "party" school.

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2013
Simply put, East is extraordinary. Although the school has a strong athletic tradition, the competitive academic environment and diverse culture is what really sets East apart. There is tremendous pride that comes with being an Angel.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
My daughter is finishing up her freshman year at East. This is not our neighborhood high school but she was lucky to get accepted during the choice process. East has been fantastic. Great honors courses, fabulous drama and choir program, amazing school spirit and diversity (both racial and socioeconomic). She has thrived here and I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
My son is a junior at Denver East High, and it has been a wonderful school for him. The Honors and AP classes are very challenging, and he has learned to think, debate, analyze and reason. I've been impressed with nearly every teacher he's had over the past 3 years. They are engaged and clearly love what they do. The school spirit is amazing, and it has richly rounded out my son's high school experience. He's has the opportunity to participate in the school debate program, the Spotlight newspaper, the cycling club and the rugby team. His friends play tennis, soccer, ultimate frisbee, participate on the Constitutional Scholars and NHS. East is truly a gift to Denver, and the students who have the opportunity to attend there.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
I have an average student and find that as an average student my son needs additional tutoring to succeed in school,especially in math. I think East, like most public schools struggles with overcrowding. Teachers have so many students that they do not have time to devote to students on a "one on one" basis. That said, students have to reach out to teachers. If they do, the teachers do respond positively most of the time..

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August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 18, 2009
As an East High graduate, I can tell you that the special thing about East has little to do with test scores. As a school it certainly has always produced fine academicians. The intangible something that is East comes from the people and the spirit from all that have gone before. It is not just some old building. It is a thriving and living entity that bridges yesterday and tomorrow. The call to greatness that East instills in its students will affect you for the rest of your life. It is one of the few life changing experiences that you can knowingly participate in. Embrace it. Become an Angel. Change your life

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2009
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June 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 29, 2009
East HS Constitutional Scholars just 3peated, 3 years in a row as N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L Champs. They competed against 49 other teams representing all the other states in the country. Our son competed last year and we took our daughter to DC for the competition. They won because of their hard work [students and teachers,] and extraordinary support of volunteers in the community that formed their training and support network. This is East at its best. THere are opportunities for your student to take advantage of and apply themselves. The principal is closing out on his 2nd year and is great, weekly meals with students, always extending himself with them and staff. It is a very very solid life / educational learning environment for the student and family that fits it.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
This is such a great school. My child enjoys it soo much and is doing extremly well in school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2009
My son graduated last year and my daughter will be attending next year. We were very pleased with the education he received there. There is a new principal who my son loved and who is 'real', communicates with the kids and really cares. The feedback I got from staff is extremely positive. Read what the first 4 kids wrote, East is a solid place, real world experience of getting along with all types of kids [except rich suburban kids who live in the sterile burbs...]. My son was in the high level classes and had teachers who cared about him and were in contact with us. He learned how to think, analyze, really write and be his own person. He took advantage of opportunities at East and grew from them. I could not have asked for more from a public school educational environment

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January 06, 2009
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December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
This school is out standing the principal is the best principal i have ever had in the 11 years ive been in school. Mr Youngquest cares about everything there is to care about at our school and since hes been there the school has been in the best shape and environment ever.

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2008
I am a new freshman at this school, and i absolutely love it. everybody is so different, the teachers are great, and i have inquired a massive amount of information already. there are so many different choices of class, and the athletic program is amazing. i recommend taking speech!

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
east is a great learning school

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August 23, 2008
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June 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
East is an amazing school. You would be hard pressed to find a group of students or alumni prouder of their school than the East High Angels. The education is great, teachers are caring, and it is a diverse mix of people. Students learn how to live in the real world.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
I absolutely loved East. I got a quality education that cradit-wise allowed me to enter college as a junior and learned about what I feel the 'real world' is like. It doesn't have a suburban or rich feel as well, being in the heart of Denver and has great arts, sprts and academics.

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2007
East is such an amazing school! The kids there are humorous and always have open minds, all children I know that go there think it's awesome! The teachers are entertaining and really have great learning methods. I really recommend it!

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2007
Overall East is a great choice for motivated students with an open mind. The academics at East are top notch for juniors and seniors in AP and X classes, and are adequate for freshman and sophomore classes. Athletics are top of the line: Boys basketball are state champions, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, cross country, tennis, and gymnastics are all very good. The theatre company and art program are very strong. The open campus system gives students real world responsibility, and puts them ahead of the game for college.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
The school is of good quality but certainly not better than that. East has some excellent teachers, but in the main the teaching staff is mediocre. There are also a significant number of ghastly poor teachers. The administration has removed only a handful of poor teachers over the last six years. In general, the school is poorly run and poorly managed. Often, army-like commands substitute for a real discipline strategy. Some parents participate a great deal.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
As a parent who volunteers at East and who has kids who attend, I can tell you that overall the school is good. The teachers work hard with disrespectful students and a lot of parents who are worse than their children. Parents enable students to glide by without taking responsibility for their actions. Also, unfortunately, sports dictate the environment of the school. Academics are second. If you have a child who is moderately self-motivated, he or she will thrive.

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April 07, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2007
Have two kids at East, have now been there 4 years. Very happy. One daughter had some problems last year (acting out by ditching, drinking), and when I reached out to teachers/counselor for help, I literally cried tears of joy at their responses. Each one not only responded, but kept in touch about her progress. It was obvious that they were genuinely concerned about my girl - that says a lot. The guidance toward college is stellar - meetings, announcements, emails, one-on-ones - the counselors are to be highly commended for this. My girls have been in some regular classes, many X, and some AP classes, and we've been impressed with all. Drama and stagecraft are amazing. Productions rival local 'pro' theater. Also, I have been to the school many times and have driven many field trips, and the kids are just fantastic. The diversity and more importantly, acceptance is fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
Unfortunately, East High School is not what is was in the past and is only surviving because of past accomplishments. Once you have a student in the school, you quickly discover that things are not as advertised. DPS claims to want parental involvement, however the teachers discourage involvement by not returning phone calls and/or e-mails. Teacher absenteeism his high (or at least it was for my son) and 'most' of the teachers do not use or update the only tool available (Infinite Campus) for parents to monitor their child's grades. Politics have a strangle hold on the athletic program, which is why many programs are good but ultimately are not successful. The school could really use a breath of fresh air in its coaching ranks. You can only benefit for a successful historical past for so long. It's time to begin creating a history current students can be proud of later.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Perhaps the greatest thing about East is it's history.It has the most distinctive architecture of any high school-perhaps any building-in Denver.It is located in an area rich in history and fine old homes with a very diverse population.My father was in the class of 1932 and 4 of his 8 children graduated East.It has many proud traditions such as the Woodbury award. For studenjts willing to challenge themselves, the academic curiculum is better than many private schools and the cultural exposure unparalleled. Its the finest school in Denver, and I am proud to have gone there.

- submitted by a former student
April 26, 2006
East is a great school and the most diverse in the state. It does however require a motivated student taking a tougher course load for one to e able to say the academics are stellar. The arts at East are easily the best in the district and are parallel to top schools in Colorado. The sports teams are good. Boys lacrosse and boys basketball is really what East is known for. Many of the other teams are great too and their is a large variety of teams that are very easy for anyone to get involved in. Parents and alumni are pretty active in the school, but not as much as a school like Cherry Creek. Overall East is a great school for the right person and has many oppurtunities for those who seek them.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
Academic program is ok. Lots of music, art and sports available. PTA is very active.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
The quality of the academic programs are OK at East, though it can get distracting when you have to deal with not-so-personal attention with enormous class sizes. They just put in a new football field, which should improve the football program, and the other extracurricular activities are average. The PTSA seems to also have a large involvement in this school.

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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
Academics for freshmen not as rigorous as I'd hoped. Son's smart, but not so smart he shouldn't be working fairly hard. Many teachers seem indifferent to their students and subject matter. Overall friendliness of school is high. Students seem to thrive on the urban 'toughness' of setting and size Huge outdoor renovation project will make the school a showplace/ambitious inside renovation plans are said to be int he works. Athletics are so-so compared to suburban districts except for basketball, dominated by African-American kids, and Lacrosse, dominated by wealthier white kids. A good, but not a great experience.

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May 25, 2005
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March 09, 2005
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East High School
1545 Detroit St, Denver, CO  80206
(720) 423-8300
Last modified East High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews.