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Media Release: DPS Leadership Celebrates New Air Conditioning at Historic Denver High School

Air Conditioning and cooling upgrades have been happening district wide all summer long


Denver Public Schools hosted a community-focused celebration to spotlight the hard work of the Planning, Design, and Construction team over the summer. The celebration took place at the historic West High School on the afternoon of Aug. 10. West received air conditioning and cooling upgrades this summer as part of the 2020 bond package. 


West is one of 24 schools selected to receive air conditioning and cooling upgrades in the 2020 bond package. Schools were selected using a composite ranking system calculated by a combination of criteria, using both a heat index and an equity index. 


Since passing the bond in 2020, 11 schools have received their upgrades. By the end of 2023, 6 more schools will have received their upgrades and by the end of 2024 the remaining 7 will have received their upgrades as well.


“Behind me is West High School, one of those historic buildings that have housed many Denver Public School alumni over the years, spanning almost a century,” said Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero, “Today you will hear from West’s present day leaders, about what these AC and cooling upgrades mean for their school, for their students day to day experience in the classroom, and why it is of vital importance to continue to invest in public education.”


DPS celebrated the recent construction with an ice cream truck, yard games, and a resource fair for community members in attendance. The Denver Fire Department also was on the scene with a fire hose for the children to cool off with. Adolfson and Peterson construction gave facility tours to interested guests. 


For more information on how the bond is improving Denver Public Schools through air conditioning and heat mitigation, visit the AC FAQ located on the DPS website. 

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