Things are changing at North High School: Test scores are up. More kids are taking AP classes. And there's a renewed focus on extracurricular activities, such as sports and music. That's according to the folks behind a new pro-North campaign called "I Am a Viking" -- a reference to North's mascot. ... More >>
When she was in high school, Favianna Rodriguez's parents wanted her to study to become a doctor. They supported her creativity, but subjected her to a string of math and science camps that monopolized her time. As an A , super-star student, she went to college, found herself pregnant, had an aborti ... More >>
At first, Alejandra Cardona Lamas couldn't have imagined that a single good thing would come out of July 20, 2012. She was among the hundreds of fans gathered for the midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora. And she was there for the mass shooting that kille ... More >>
The start of Denver Restaurant Week is still six days away. Before you plunge into that annual eating orgy, there are still plenty of delicious events on the culinary calendar. Here's just a taste of what's on tap. Front Range Brewing Company will host a Brewmaster Dinner, the second of a four-part ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
Students in Denver's public schools will no longer be ticketed by police for minor infractions, such as using bad language or getting into a scuffle in which no one is hurt, according to the terms of an agreement signed today by superintendent Tom Boasberg and Denver police chief Robert White. The a ... More >>
Jose Antonio Mercado is a man with a big, big dream -- to renovate the Historic Elitch Theatre, a dilapidated Denver landmark with a rich history, and refurbish both the building and its legacy. And Mercado, an actor, director and teacher made famous on the local level for his work with at-risk stud ... More >>
North High School has had many struggles. Among them: poor test scores, low enrollment, myriad redesigns and lax oversight of the school's credit recovery program. But a community group called Choose North Now thinks the historic high school is beginning to turn around -- and that co-locating a char ... More >>
Letters from the U.S. Attorneys Office telling medical marijuana centers they have 45 days to shut down or face prosecution went out yesterday. Some shops are already receiving their ultimatums in the mail.
After concerns about North High School's credit recovery program were raised in the Westword cover story "Passing on Education," Denver Public Schools asked the Colorado Department of Education to investigate allegations that students were allowed to cheat on online courses. The results of that inve ... More >>
School crossing sign with a hand-written touch. The school crossing sign seen above is commonly known as the "S1-1 School Advance Sign" and features a male and female student connected at the arm. Some may interpret the graphic as an intimate gesture of concern between an older brother and yo ... More >>
"Passing on Education," this week's cover story, examines rising graduation rates at North High School and questions whether part of the reason is because students were allowed to cheat in online credit recovery courses designed to help them make up classes they'd failed. In the wake of the ... More >>
North High School has long suffered from abysmal graduation rates -- so, in 2008, Denver Public Schools added credit recovery, which allows students to retake courses online. Since then, grad rates have skyrocketed. But some North teachers wonder whether the gains are legit, and whether credi ... More >>
At the rally.On Monday, advocates rallied at North High School in favor of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented graduates from U.S. high schools. (See a recap and photos here.) But yesterday, Senate Republicans stalled the measure, likely killing it ... More >>
Full-sized photos below.In yesterday's preview of an immigration rally at North High School in favor of the DREAM Act, which would provide a path for citizenship for certain undocumented graduates of U.S. high schools, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition communications director Alan Kaplan ho ... More >>
At 4 p.m. today, a rally will be held in support of the DREAM Act, a proposal that would allow select undocumented students who've lived in America for at least five years and graduate from a U.S. high school the chance to earn legal residency status. The measure faces steep obstacles -- but ... More >>
From denvernorth.orgNorth High School. Six struggling Denver schools were awarded $14.4 million in federal money to help them "turn around" -- which is education-speak for raise test scores and graduation rates. The schools -- Montbello High School, Rachel B. Noel Middle School, Gilpin K-8 S ... More >>
Angel Rayas is accused of having some vile hobbies.If the charges against Angel Rayas are accurate, he's been a busy boy -- and a bad one. Not to mention a candidate for an especially disturbing episode of Hoarders. According to Channel 7, the 33-year-old homeless man, whose last known addre ... More >>
"C'mon, coach. I'm at least as good as Kyle Orton."Look what we found: three blogs about Denver stuff. KaptainKirk at Mile High Report walks us through NFL.com's new website for updates about the league's labor situation. Players and teams have until March 5 to reach a new collective bargain ... More >>
Any stage director worth his salt knows that it's all in the timing. Without it, the stars won't align onstage or backstage and -- horrors -- the moment will be mediocre. In the world of theater, that's the kiss of death -- a point the accomplished local director José Mercado, known for his work wi ... More >>
José Mercado reworks a classic Shakespearean tale.
From the week of 6/14/2007
This senior won't give DPS a gold star.
In an interview that aired today on Colorado Matters , Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet discussed the controversial redesign of North High School. In a district that is suffering from "catastrophic institutional failure," as Bennet put it, North has the worst graduation rate in DP ... More >>
From the week of September 22, 2005
The Boulder International Fringe Festival offers a world odyssey.
North High stages stark Blood Wedding
School of Hard Knocks
A Zooting Success
Return of the Storytellers gives the common person a shot at visual expression.
From the week of April 29, 2004
Heavy hitters roll for North High's show
Home from Hollywood, José Mercado is putting on a show and showing Denver what North kids can do.
Promoting peace through culture
North High school's Greenhouse Club keeps on growing.
October 22 - 28. 1998