DPS Breaks Ground at Byers
Denver Public Schools kicked off its summer construction season by breaking ground at the future home of DSST: Byers Middle School.
DSST: Byers will home to the Falcons (the school’s mascot). Brad White, director of DSST: Byers, explained how the characteristics of the mascot are in line with DSST’s culture of excellence. “This falcon demonstrates precision and tenacity in pursuing its goals,” White said, “Like the falcon, [the students] will soar to great heights and pursue their college dreams with speed, precision and tenacity.”
The Byers building has a great history in the city of Denver. It was built in 1921 and served as a junior high for southeast Denver for several decades before it became home to Denver School of Arts. DSA left the building in 2003. Since their departure, the building has remained vacant.
Norwood Robb, alumni of Byers Junior High and a DSST board member, reminisced with a crowd of almost 50 supporters about his mile-long trek to school, which involved a streetcar. Mr. Robb was also the captain of the color guard and the only boy in his typing class. Robb told the crowd this was a meaningful event and looks forward to welcoming a new generation of students to Byers.
DPS Superintendent, Tom Boasberg, also spoke to the crowd about the thrill of being able to invest in such a historic building, “and have it become such a thriving hub” for the community.
The neighborhood was influential in reopening the doors at Byers and inviting DSST into its space. White acknowledged how the opening of DSST: Byers Middle School is a true testament to the neighborhood’s determination.
The remodeling at the Byers Campus is one of 93 bond-funded construction projects by DPS this summer. This building will be home to DSST: Byers Middle School at the start of the 2015-16 school year. DSST: Byers Middle School will open this fall in a temporary location at Calvary Temple, 200 S. University Boulevard.