Welcome to North High! North High opened our doors in 1883. In 2023-2024 we have over 1,550 9th – 12th grade students, more than doubling our enrollment over the past 6 years. North is safe and welcoming and has an extremely strong sense of community and Viking Pride. North students love to come to school every day. We have a strong culture of academic excellence with Advanced Placement (AP), Honors and college credit classes, as well as early intervention and strong supports for students that want to accelerate or for those who may need extra support. We have rich academic elective offerings that allow students to excel in the fields of music, visual arts, drama, technology, fitness, JROTC, and world languages. Our scholars, staff, and families are proud to be Vikings.
Here are a few reasons we are proud to be Vikings:
Virtually every student reports that the student body feels like a “family” – close and supportive. North students take their studies seriously and engage in both friendly competition and mutual support to make every effort for top grades. In the 2021 DPS survey, 95% of families were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with North and would recommend North to other families. North’s Restorative Practice program has been recognized nationally for discouraging bullying while building a strong, shared Viking community.
North’s academic achievement has skyrocketed in recent years:
Our teachers and support staff are united in continuing the explosive academic growth of our scholars.
We are grateful for our 15 community partners that are integral in providing extra academic and social-emotional support students need to excel, including CU Succeed, Colorado Uplift, Denver Scholarship Foundation, GEAR Up, and YESS Mentoring. All North students have access to the resources and tools they need to thrive.
The research is clear – involvement in one or more extracurricular activities is linked to higher academic achievement and future success. 93% of our students participate in at least one club, activity or sport.
Sports – Well over half of North’s students participate in one or more sports teams throughout the year – and are expected to maintain academic success all year round. North offers 26 different sports throughout the school year. The Athletic Department’s average student-athlete GPA in the 2022-23 school year was 3.2. Viking athletes consistently compete in and win league and state championships and are known for high levels of sportsmanship. North also has an extremely strong Army JROTC program. The JROTC Raider team took 2nd place at Nationals in Daytona, Florida and our CyberPatriot team took 4th in the state in 2022.
Fine Arts – Our 2022 fall drama production, “Dracula – Mina’s Quest” and 2023 spring musical, “Legally Blonde” combined sold more tickets to their performances than any other productions in North history with sell-out audiences each night. Additionally, North band students provided live music for “Legally Blonde”. In 2022-23, North’s outstanding jazz band was invited to perform at special events across the city. Our mariachi program continues to grow, along with choir, band, modern band and orchestra.
Clubs – There are a range of clubs available to North students, including:
Every North senior graduates with a plan for success in college, and all students have the support of the Denver Scholarship Foundation Future Center as well as our eight Counseling staff members in the college and financial aid process. North graduates attend colleges and universities all over Colorado and across the country and the world. Our Class of 2023 earned well over $12M in scholarships. The North High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships to our students this past spring and has an endowment of over $1.7 million.
North High School is the premier high school North Denver deserves for its kids. I invite you to come visit North and see why all of us are so proud to be Vikings, we guarantee you will be impressed.
For more information about North or to schedule a tour, contact Rebecca Caldwell at Rebecca_Caldwell@dpsk12.net or call 720-424-1495. We look forward to welcoming your family as part of our North High Viking family.
North High School Principal