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DSST 20th Anniversary Gala

Join us to celebrate DSST’s 20 years of transforming public education in Denver and Aurora.

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About the Event

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Please join us to celebrate DSST's first 20 years and to honor Bill Kurtz in his last year as CEO of DSST Public Schools. As the Founding Head of School of the Denver School of Science and Technology (now DSST Public Schools), Bill has been instrumental in the growth of DSST and transforming the educational landscape of Denver and Aurora. He was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame in 2016 and was named the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by New Schools Venture Fund. He is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Program and an Aspen Institute-Pahara Fellow.

 

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS  

Senator Michael Bennet 
Senator John Hickenlooper 
Governor Bill Owens 
Governor Jared Polis 
Governor Bill Ritter
Mayor Mike Johnston
Mayor Michael Hancock
Mayor Wellington Webb
Mayor Federico Peña
 
 

 

Event Details

5:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2024
650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
 
Dinner and drinks will be served.
 
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Questions regarding the event? Please reach out to Katie Glenn at Kaitlin.Glenn@scienceandtech.org.
 
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DSST's History

Celebrating 20 Years of Success

2004

Founded as Denver School of Science and Technology, a single high school in Denver's Central Park neighborhood.

 

2008

DSST's first class graduates with 100% of graduates earning admittance to a four-year college or university.

Middle school opens on founding campus.

2010

DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School opens.

Founding campus becomes known as DSST: Stapleton.

DSST Home Office founded.

2011

DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School opens.

DSST: Cole Middle School opens.

2012

DSST: College View Middle School opens.

2013

DSST: Byers Middle School opens.

2014

DSST: Cole High School opens.

DSST: Conservatory Green Middle School opens.

Founding DSST: GVR class graduates with 100% college admittance.

2015

DSST: College View High School opens.

Senators Michael Bennett and Cory Gardner visit DSST: Green Valley Ranch.

2016

DSST: Henry Middle School opens.

DSST: Byers High School opens.

DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School named National Blue Ribbon School

2017

DSST: Conservatory Green High School opens.

DSST celebrates first network-wide Senior Signing Day.

2018

DSST Middle School @ Noel opens.

Founding DSST: Cole class graduates with 100% college admittance.

DSST wins Broad Prize for Urban Education, awarded to public school systems that have demonstrated the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while narrowing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color.

2019

Aurora Science & Tech Middle School, DSST's first school in Aurora, opens.

DSST: Byers Middle School named National Blue Ribbon School.

Founding DSST: College View class graduates with 100% college admittance.

DSST: Stapleton renamed DSST: Montview after a student-led name-change process.

DSST Public Schools becomes the organization's official name as reach expands beyond Denver.

2020

DSST wins State Board of Education Appeal to open DSST: Elevate High School, demonstrating deep family and community engagement.

Founding DSST: Byers class graduates with 100% college admittance.

2021

DSST: Elevate High School opens, marking the first facility owned and operated by DSST.

Founding DSST: Conservatory Green class graduates with 100% college admittance.

DSST: Henry consolidates with DSST: College View.

2022

Aurora Science & Tech High School opens.

DSST Middle School @ Noel renamed DSST: Elevate Middle School and relocates.

2023

First STEM and Creative Core Showcase hosted at CSU SPUR.

DSST: Byers renamed DSST: Cedar after an inclusive community name-change process.

Future Features

As DSST launches our Strategic Plan 2028, we are thrilled for what is to come, including the founding of a second campus in Aurora, celebrating our 20th anniversary and more!