Kent Denver School
|Kent Denver School|
Ich Bin Ein Berliner
|4000 E. Quincy Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113-4916
|Head of school||Todd Horn|
|Enrollment||675 (222 in the middle school and 453 in the upper school)|
|Campus size||200 acres (81 ha)|
|Color(s)||Dark blue, red, white|
|Athletics conference||Metropolitan League|
Kent Denver School is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian college preparatory high school and middle school in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. It traces its origin back to the 1922 founding of the Kent School for Girls, and has existed as a co-educational institution since 1974.
The Kent School for Girls was founded by Mary Austin Bogue, Mary Louise Rathvon and Mary Kent Wallace on Sherman Street in Denver in 1922. The Denver Country Day School, an all-men's high school, was founded by Andrews D. Black and Tom Chaffee in 1953, and the two schools relocated to a portion the spacious Blackmer Farm in Cherry Hills Village in the 1960s. The schools operated side-by-side and with joint science classes until they merged in 1974. Since then the school has been known as Kent Denver Country Day School, and its current name, Kent Denver School.
Kent Denver is located at Colorado Boulevard and Quincy Avenue in Cherry Hills Village. The 200-acre (81 ha) campus is centered on two lakes and bordered by the Highline Canal. The campus houses 44 classrooms in four main building complexes. The old boys' school is now the middle school, housing grades 6 through 8 at the bottom of what is simply known as "The Hill". Likewise, the upper school, grades 9 through 12, are housed in the old girls' school.
Most student life is centered on the Bogue Common Room,a former courtyard that was walled in to create a meeting place with a cafe for the upper school. Until the recent completion of the Student Center for the Arts, most all-upper-school meetings took place here. Adjacent to the common room and the main upper school hallway is the Boettcher Foundation Library. Science classes were held from before the merger to 2001 in the Gates Science Center, situated between the library and the middle school. A significant renovation that year added the Bob and Betsy Magness Technology Center with new classrooms, laboratories and office space. The Gates Science Center/Magness Technology Center is also home to an aquarium and three computer labs. The new building also houses an astrometric (sundial) tower which was completed with the help of KDS astronomy students.
The theatre, music and visual arts departments recently relocated to the Student Center for the Arts, completed in 2006, which houses the 500-seat Anschutz Family Theatre. This is intended to replace El Pomar Hall, which as a converted dining hall was inadequate as a performance space. El Pomar has been renovated, and serves as a smaller, 125-seat performing arts venue.
Kent Denver's commercial music program, in particular, has gained a considerable reputation on the local, regional, and national levels. The program's R&B ensemble - the Quincy Ave. Rhythm Band - has been recognized by DownBeat Magazine six times in the past five years. In addition, the program's ensembles travel each year to learn more about the musical culture of that city. In the past, the student-musicians have traveled to Memphis, New Orleans, Miami, and New York. This year, the Quincy Ave Rhythm Band was invited to perform at the Porretta Soul Festival in Italy - a four-day music festival that celebrates Memphis music.
In 2011, Kent Denver completed another significant campus project with the opening of a new Dining Hall, the first LEED-Platinum building of its kind. Thanks to the many enhancements made in the building's design and construction, the Dining Hall boasts a 42% energy savings over comparable buildings, and it was built using materials that are environmentally friendly, sustainably produced, and/or locally sourced. http://www.archdaily.com/175179/kent-denver-dining-hall-semple-brown-design/
- Madeleine Albright – Former US Secretary of State
- Senator C. Thomas Blickensderfer – Former Majority Leader of the Colorado State Senate
- Lara Merriken – Creator of Larabar
- L. E. Modesitt, Jr. – Author
- Kevin Stadler – PGA Golfer
- Brandt Jobe – PGA Golfer
- Davis Lamair – finalist on the 2007 season of "Top Chef"
- Tara Smith – Broadway producer