East High School Spring Choir Concert

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East High School opened in 1875 and was the first high school in Denver. The first graduating class was in 1877. In 1889, it moved to 19th and Stout Street because of the need for more room. This location is now referred to as “Old East,” and could accommodate 700 students.

The architect for the current facility was Denver native George Hebard Williamson, himself an 1893 graduate of “Old East” High. Williamson won national recognition for his design of the “new” East, which has a 162-foot (49 m) high clock tower[2] modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

In early 1991, the East High building was declared an official Denver Historic Landmark by the Denver Landmark Commission and the Denver City Council.

In July 2005, a music video for the song “Over My Head (Cable Car)”, by The Fray was filmed in East High.

East has been repeatedly honored as one of America’s top high schools. It was honored in 1957 as one of the country’s top high schools and subsequently selected in 1968 as one of America’s Top Ten Schools. In 2000 Newsweek recognized East as one of America’s top hundred public high schools.[3] In 2008, Newsweek again recognized East in its annual list of the country’s “Top High Schools”.[4]

The instrumental music program is directed by local jazz saxophonist Keith Oxman. The school has three jazz bands, two concert bands, and an orchestra, as well as AP Music Theory and numerous student groups. Musicians connected to the school include Javon Jackson and Curtis Fuller.

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