In an age which often seems careless with tradition, East prides itself in its long-standing educational service to the Denver community. Few buildings are capable of eliciting awe, but the striking East building, located in the City Park setting, offers beautiful landscaping and renders an aesthetic experience for East High students. East is patterned after Independence Hall in Philadelphia and was granted Denver Landmark Status on February 4, 1991, because of its architectural significance.
East remains a model of a highly mobile but integrated community which allows its students to experience people of different cultures, races and economic backgrounds, attracting over half its population from out of district enrollment. In this way, East High prepares its young people to live successfully in a pluralistic world. Since 1925, when first opened, East has fared well in academic and athletic competition with other high schools in the metropolitan area. Numerous athletic trophies for league championships and state titles grace the trophy cases at East. Its theatre program, music performance, both vocal and instrumental, student publications, ROTC unit, speech, United Nations, and Constitutional Scholars teams, among others, bring a feeling of pride to the East community. East High is blessed with well prepared, dedicated teachers who, through their humanizing style of teaching, provide an outstanding total educational experience.
In 1957 East was honored as one of the country’s top high schools. Later in 1968 East was selected as one of America’s Top Ten Schools. In 2000 Newsweek recognized East as one of America’s top one hundred public high schools. Although there has been a great deal of change since East first opened its doors, it remains a place where the total education of the student is held foremost.