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Media Release: Denver Public Schools Celebrates Opening of CHSAA-Approved Gymnasium at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Far Northeast

State of the art gymnasium and additional athletic upgrades at DMLK were paid for using Bond reserve dollars from the voter-approved 2016 DPS bond

On Nov. 30, 2023, DPS leadership, families, and students celebrated a new gymnasium at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (DMLK) in the Far Northeast. The new gym has been approved by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) to host high school games and matches.

The project includes a new CHSAA soccer field and new CHSAA gymnasium with spectator seating. Additionally, there are trainer rooms, an athletic director's office, locker rooms, restrooms, storage, concession and ticket sale stands. A “Hall of Fame'' corridor connects the existing main entry to the new wing.

Prior to the construction, DMLK students had to participate in high school sports off-site, bussing to other schools for practices and games for sports such as soccer and basketball. The new athletics wing and gymnasium expansion provides new game and practice space for DMLK students at their own school.

The new athletic spaces were made possible through support of Denver voters and paid for with 2016 bond reserve dollars. The budget for the gymnasium and soccer field totals more than $20 million.

“To every educator that pushed for this outcome, thank you! To every Denver citizen who voted to pass a bond and invested in our public schools, thank you! This project is the result of shared responsibility and a tireless commitment to serving students,” said Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero.

This project was made possible thanks to Denver voters, DPS Board of Education, DPS Planning, Design, and Construction team, DPS Bond Oversight Committee, DPS district leaders, and DPS community partners, contractors: Eidos Architects and GH Phipps. They all helped make this special project come to life, and played a role in helping unlock this next exciting chapter in DMLK’s history.

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