Downtown Denver Expeditionary School to open April 9, 2014

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DENVER - After years of anticipation, the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School has a start date.

Students and teachers will begin class in their new downtown building on April 9 where they'll finish out the school year.

Teachers will begin moving their classroom materials in mid-March.

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg and the Denver School Board of Education will announce the name of the new campus, at 1860 Lincoln Street, Tuesday morning.

The 13-story campus will be named "The Emily Griffith Campus," in honor of Emily Griffith.

Griffith was a pioneering educator who began her career as a Denver Public School elementary teacher and later founded the Opportunity School.

The Opportunity School opened in 1916 and provided free, adult education.

Griffith later served as Deputy State Superintendent of Schools for Colorado.

DPS told 9NEWS The Emily Griffith Campus is the first campus in downtown Denver to serve all ages.

"It will be home to three schools: the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (grades K-5), Emily Griffith High School (grades 9-12), and Emily Griffith Technical College (ages 17 and up)," said Denver Public Schools.

"In addition to providing a modern, updated, learning facility, the new Emily Griffith Campus will provide new opportunities for the students it serves. The Emily Griffith Technical College operates several student-run businesses including a café, barber shop, salon, and spa, which will benefit from upgraded facilities and a central location. All three schools at the Emily Griffith Campus will have first-rate learning facilities for their kids and families."

The Downtown Denver Partnership says a downtown elementary school was identified as one of the top five requested amenities that would attract and retain families to downtown Denver and city center neighborhoods.

Along with the Downtown Denver partnership, the school will take advantage of the Children's Museum of Denver, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Harmony Project, Think360 Arts and Earth Force.

"These partnerships will allow DDES students to utilize the city as their campus, creating purposeful learning opportunities to engage, motivate and inspire children to explore the connections among disciplines," said Jenny Starkey with the Downtown Denver Partnership.

Starkey said the new elementary school has already reached 90 percent enrollment of K-2 students and will continue expanding each year, eventually growing to a K-5 school.

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