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CHRONOLOGY:
Important Dates in Our History

  • 1910-1916:  Denver Christian Schools begins to hold classes at The Fleming School
  • 1916: Denver Christian Schools was founded
  • 1916:  Denver Christian School’s own building is opened on the corner of Florida and Clarkson
  • 1916: The Denver Christian Schools Society
    The Denver Christian School Society was formed in 1916 when incorporation documents were filed.  Membership in the Denver Christian School Society means holding membership in a not-for-profit corporation called Denver Christian Schools.Society members include all parents and guardians of currently enrolled students, as well as friends and supporters who are aligned with the mission and philosophy of the school and have donated to the school during the past calendar year. Members of the society are allowed and encouraged to vote in corporate governance matters reserved for members of non-profit corporations under Colorado law. Thus, for example, society members vote for trustees and approve annual budgets.
  • 1945:  Denver Christian High School is incorporated into the State of Colorado
  • 1950: Denver Christian High School opened its doors on Pearl and Evans
  • 1957:  The DC High School Gymnasium is built
  • 1959: Van Dellen Campus opens on Warren and Illif for grades K-6
  • 1976: Denver Christian Schools opens its doors to preschool children
  • 1988: Highlands Ranch Campus opens
  • 1993:  Six additional classrooms completed at Highlands Ranch Campus
  • 2001: Middle School added to Highlands Ranch Campus
  • 2002: Van Dellen Campus extends the program to middle school
  • 2013: Denver Christian’s own Coach Katte named Colorado’s coach with the most wins
  • 2014: All Denver Christian Campuses moved to Teller Street Property. Doors open to preschool through 12th grade students
  • 2015: New DC Gymnasiums were completed
  • 2016: New Mascot was updated from Crusaders to DC Thunder
  • 2016: New Football, Track, and Soccer Field was completed
  • 2017: New Baseball Field was completed

OUR HISTORY

A LONG TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

Izard VanDellen

Izard VanDellen

The roots of Denver Christian Schools date back to the organization’s founding when, in 1916, a small group of committed Christian parents and pastors combined their resources to help realize the vision of a Christian day school in the Denver metropolitan area.

 

 

 

 

 

History: Florida & Clarkson First Denver Christian Campus

The First Denver Christian School on Florida & Clarkson

From 1910-1916, school sessions were held at The Fleming School.  Then in 1916,  the Florida and Clarkson campus was constructed and Denver Christian Schools had its first official school campus.  A majority of the classes were initially taught in Dutch.  Admission was open to all members of the community who accepted the school’s policies.

By 1919, Denver Christian Schools had developed a student body of up to 56 students.  The depression did not leave the school unaffected though. Teachers’ salaries were cut and promissory notes were given to the teachers in lieu of payment, however, they remained dedicated to the school and the education of their students. Despite the hard times of the depression, enrollment in Denver Christian Schools kept increasing.

 

DC History: Pearl Street Denver Christian High School

Pearl Street Denver Christian High School

Denver Christian High School on Pearl St.

In the 40’s the decision was made to forge ahead with the development of a high school. In 1945, Denver Christian High School was incorporated into the State of Colorado.  The high school campus on Pearl Street opened its doors in 1950. In 1957 the gymnasium at the high school was opened.

 

 

History: VanDellen Elementary Denver Christian Campus

VanDellen Elementary Denver Christian Campus on Warren St.

VanDellen Elementary Denver Christian Campus

Then in 1959, the Van Dellen School Campus on Warren and Iliff, named after Reverend Idzerd Van Dellen, opened its doors. The school then had 3 campuses. In 1976, a preschool class was added to the Van Dellen Campus.

 

 

 

In 1970, Denver Christian Schools won their first State title in AA Basketball.

Our History: DC Boys Basketball team in the 70s

DC Boys Basketball team in the 70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC History: Highlands Ranch Denver Christian Campus

Highlands Ranch Denver Christian Campus

Highlands Ranch Denver Christian School on Dad Clark Dr.

Then in 1988, Denver Christian Schools expanded their market into the newly built suburb of Highlands Ranch with the opening of the Highlands Ranch Christian School campus of Denver Christian Schools on Dad Clark Drive.

 

 

 

Denver Christian history includes the new Prek - 12th Grade Campus in Lakewood, co

Denver Christian Prek – 12th Grade Campus in Lakewood

Today Denver Christian as a PreK – 12th Grade School in Lakewood

So you see, Denver Christian Schools has quite a growth story. It grew from its humble origins in a small building on Florida and Clarkson streets in Denver, to a three-campus system, to our new home as of 2014 in a beautiful centralized campus in Lakewood that offers an excellent pre-school through 12th grade education to more than 500 students.

Having recently celebrated our 100th year, Denver Christian School looks to continue to honor our past while reimagining the future of Christian education for students throughout the Denver metro area. We hold tight and proud to our loyal alumni and countless supporters who believe in the spirit and mission of DC.

Denver Christian Alma Mater

In the shadows of the everlasting hills– 

Stands our own beloved Denver Christian High 

Guiding youth in pathways of truth

Teaching them how to live, how to die.  

Heavenly Father, bless our Alma  Mater dear, 

Guiding and keep her ever in the loving care; 

May we all respond to her call

With service to God and man everywhere. 

Denver Christian Fight Song

Yes we are stellar men of Christians,

We raise our standards bright and true.

And if the way seems sometimes darkened,

the Light will always shine for you (rah, rah!)

Oh noble men of Denver Christian 

fight hard to win the Victory’s nigh

Come on and fight we’re right behind you,

Denver Christian High!

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