George Washington High School (Denver, Colorado)

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George Washington High School (Denver, Colorado)
GWHS Denver Entrance.jpg
"Patriot Pride"
Denver, CO
United States
Established 1960
School district Denver Public Schools
Principal Jose Martinez
Faculty 89
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1491
Color(s) Green & White         
Athletics Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling
Athletics conference Denver Prep League
Mascot Patriot, the Green Foot and the Green Giant
School Newspaper The GW Surveyor
JROTC 6th Battalion
Sports Division 5A

George Washington High School (also "GW", "GWHS", "G-Dubb" and "George") is located near the intersection of South Monaco Parkway and Leetsdale Drive in Denver, Colorado. GW is recognized as the first school in Colorado to offer International Baccalaureate courses, beginning in 1984. GW is a large urban high school serving grades 9-12. GW is one of 14 high schools in the Denver Public Schools system and one of four named for a U.S. president.[1]


Enrollment in the 2009-2010 school year was 1,491 students.

Using federal government guidelines, 50.97% of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.[2]

International Baccalaureate program[edit]

George Washington High School became Colorado's first International Baccalaureate World School in April 1984. The school offers two dozen International Baccalaureate classes.[3][4] In 2007, 100% of GWHS IB graduates went on to attend college (39% in-state, 61% out-of-state), with a mean ACT score of 28.5 and SAT of 1920. Historically, half of GWHS IB graduates receive merit-based scholarships.[5]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The George Washington Courtyard

The school newspaper is The George Washington Surveyor which is part of the High School National Ad Network, and the paper got its name from president George Washington's lifelong association with geography and cartography. The Surveyor newspaper was the winner of the prestigious National Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association in 2007, 2008, and 2009.[6]

George Washington currently has 47 active clubs[7] and the GW Athletic department currently offers 21 sports in JV and Varsity.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Denver Public Schools". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ "The Piton Foundation". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  3. ^ "GWHS - IB Program Background". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ "International Baccalaureate". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "NSPA - Contest Winners". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
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  9. ^ "Chauncey Billups Biography". JockBio. 1976-09-25. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  10. ^ ""Mermaid" star visits school that set her dreams afloat". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  11. ^ Birnbaum, Robert (2007-11-13). "Dianne Reeves". The Morning News. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

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Coordinates: 39°42′19.99″N 104°54′51.58″W / 39.7055528°N 104.9143278°W / 39.7055528; -104.9143278