West High Alumni Association is dedicated to preserving West High School memories
. We are proud of our lineage and the alumni that have helped to make our school what it is today.
WEST HIGH SCHOOL
In 2010, a community committee was formed to see how they could help
make sure that West High School remained open. Their enrollment had
fallen below 750 students. This committee originally had community
members which included West Alumni, several city council members, and
other West area agencies included as members. The name selected was
WDEEC (West Denver Equitable Education Collaborative Committee).
WDEEC along with Denver Public Schools began to research different
programs that would help improve the educational progress of West Denver
students. Many of the former middle schools were no longer regular
middle schools. Baker Middle School became the Denver Center for
International Studies, Rishel became a charter school, both of which in
the past had sent most of their students to West High School. Only
Kepner and Lake Middle School continued to send some students to West.
School buses for high school students had ceased and students were
required to find their own transportation to and from school.
WDEEC began to see that West would need to become a 6th-12th grade
school. Two new programs were selected to begin at West, starting with
6th grade and adding a grade each year. The two programs were West
Leadership Academy and West Generations Academy. One of the main
objectives was that all students who were attending West in 2010 would
remain at West High and not be forced to go to a different school. One
of the programs, Generations, had 6th and 9th grade their beginning
year. There had been a charter school housed at West called Edison
Manny Martinez Middle School and the 8th graders were allowed to remain
at West in the Generations program.
The new West Campus is doing well, incorporating many new techniques
to help students. There is an excellent Post-Secondary program that
allows students to take college courses at West or at CCD. Some of
these students will earn a two year degree from CCD when they graduate,
in addition to their high school diploma.
The students who attended West in the traditional program were named
the Legacy students, and they will graduate this year in 2015. They
will be the last group of students to graduate as West High. The
students in the new programs will receive West High diplomas with the
listing of their individual program on their diploma (see letter below).
We are still all COWBOYS and proudly wear our orange and black colors.