West High School (Denver)

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West High School
951 Elati Street
Denver, Colorado 80204-3939
United States[1]
Type Public
School district Denver Public Schools
Principal Jorge Loera [1]
Grades 9–12[1]
Enrollment 796 (2009–2010)
Color(s) Orange and black         
Athletics 2A[2]
Athletics conference Denver[2]
Mascot Cowboys[2]
Cropped picture of West High's logo
(Denver) West High School Cowboys logo, one version

West High School is a high school located in Denver, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Denver Public Schools System. West High School is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of the original section of West Denver.


796 students were enrolled in 2009–2010.

Using federal government guidelines, 85.18% of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.[3]


West High School was organized in 1883. On June 13, 1884, at 2:00PM, Charles McDonough, Effie Hallam, Lelia Williams, Frances Brandt, Laura Duccy, and Morrison Stillwell became the first graduates of West High School. In 1902, after merging with School District No. 1 (East) to become Denver Public Schools, West became the district's "second" high school.

In 1926, West moved into its current building at 9th and Elati, a building designed in English gothic style and executed in light brick with buff terra cotta trimmings. It contains spacious halls and numerous academic, scientific, and vocational classrooms. It has a 1,082 seat auditorium that underwent a complete state-of-the-art renovation in 2014 (over 1,200 seats prior to renovation), and a gymnasium that seats 2000.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Denver Public Schools school list. Denver Public Schools school list. Accessed 29 March 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Colorado High School Activities Association. Profile for Denver West High School. Accessed 29 March 2007.
  3. ^ The Piton Foundation
  4. ^ They Were Cowboys

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°43′55″N 104°59′43″W / 39.731877°N 104.995243°W / 39.731877; -104.995243 (West High School)