Manual High School Culture Histogram

  • Idea for Manual Training High School is Created

    Idea for Manual Training High School is Created
    Manual High School was founded to be a different kind of school from the very beginning. Featured in these photographs are James B. Grant, to-be Governor of the state of Colorado and Chester S. Morey, to-be Denver Public Schools board member, two of the original creators of Manual.
  • Manual Training High School is founded.

    Manual Training High School is founded.
    Manual Training High School was created to train the 110 scholars to be career ready. Many of the founding teachers and leaders had ties to Denver East High School.
  • First Graduating Class of Manual Training High School

    First Graduating Class of Manual Training High School
    The first graduates from Manual Training High School complete their high school requirements (some members of the class featured in the photograph).
  • Manual sends five graduates to fight with the Tuskegee Airmen

    Manual sends five graduates to fight with the Tuskegee Airmen
    Five members of the class of 1933 from Manual Training School fight with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.
  • "Training" Dropped from Manual's Name

    "Training" Dropped from Manual's Name
    The word "training" is voted to be dropped from the name of Manual Training High School.
  • Old Manual High School Burns Down

    Old Manual High School Burns Down
    The old Manual building was burned to the ground and was rebuilt the following year.
  • Manual High School is rebuilt after fire

    Manual High School is rebuilt after fire
    Manual High School is rebuilt after a thee alarm fire burned it down earlier the same year. This building is still home to Manual today.
  • Manual Thunderbolts Men's Basketball Wins State

    Manual Thunderbolts Men's Basketball Wins State
    The T-Bolts were undefeated in their 1966 season and were inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 2014
  • Forced Busing to Manual

    Forced Busing to Manual
    The U.S. Supreme Court demanded that DPS desegrate its schools by busing upper-middle-class, predominantly white students from the suburbs to Manual High School in its decision in Keyes vs. School District 1.
  • Summer of Violence

    Summer of Violence
    74 people were killed in gang-related violence during the summer of 1993. Much of this violence was centered in Northeast Denver and in the Manual community.
  • Fight Breaks out at Graduation

    Fight Breaks out at Graduation
    1994 Graduation Fight Only six of Manual's African-American male students walked at graduation this year. A fight broke out on stage during the ceremony between two students around the tensions that had been building around the inequities for African American students at Manual for years.
  • Forced Busing Ended

    Forced Busing Ended
    Even though Denver's schools were more segregated than ever, a federal judge allows DPS to lift the forced busing requirements and return to a system of neighborhood schools.
  • Friends of Manual is founded

    Friends of Manual is founded
    Friends of Manual is founded to give a voice to the community in the conversation around Manual High School. FOM also organizes monetary community support and is a strong supporter of the reforms currently underway at Manual High School.
  • Gentrification in Whittier

    Gentrification in Whittier
    Gentrification in the Whittier and Five Points neighborhoods begins to creep in, grealty increasing over the subsequent decade.
  • Project Voyce is founded

    Project Voyce is founded
    Inspired by the closure of Manual High School in 2006, Project Voyce begins to empower students to have a strong voice in their educations and communities.
  • Manual High School is closed.

    Manual High School is closed.
  • Manual reopens under Rob Stein

    Manual reopens under Rob Stein
  • Rob Stein leaves Manual

    Rob Stein leaves Manual
    During the three years that Rob Stein was the leader of Manual, student test scores nearly doubled and enrollments increased exponentially.
  • First Graduating Class Since Closure in 2006

    First Graduating Class Since Closure in 2006
    The first graduating class to attend the newly opened Manual High School graduates in May 2010.
  • Brian Dale becomes principal

    Brian Dale becomes principal
    Brian Dale was selected to take over Manual after Rob Stein left in 2010. Dale brought a focus on social justice and expeditionary learning experiences. He was asked to step down midyear in 2014.
  • District and Community Vision Committee convened

    District and Community Vision Committee convened
    In an effort to create a sustainable plan for success at Manual High School, the district convenes a Manual Thought Partner group consisting of community members, parents, students, and district representatives.
  • Manual and East combining?

    Manual and East combining?
    The district proposes combining East High School and Manual to address overcrowding at East and low enrollment at Manual. Manual would host all 9th graders and run a 9th grade academy year while 10th, 11th, and 12th graders would attend East. This proposal is met with outrage.
  • Feeder Middle School for Manual?

    Feeder Middle School for Manual?
    Discussions begin in the community and the district around what to do to improve enrollment at Manual High School. Several middle schools begin to draft proposals to expand into the Manual campus, including McAuliffe International School.
  • Nick Dawkins selected as incoming principal for Manual

    Nick Dawkins selected as incoming principal for Manual
    After a rigorous selection process through DPS and with community input, Nick Dawkins is hired as the new leader for Manual High School.