Legacy of Achievement

Students in hallway

Manual High School, which opened in 1892 and was one of the first schools to educate women and African Americans, has a rich and impressive history. Today, we are building on this powerful legacy of achievement and are proud of our many graduates who have distinguished themselves in a wide array of fields. Manual alumni include Wellington Webb, the first African American mayor of Denver; Norman Rice, the first African American mayor of Seattle; Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, an activist, boxer, and poet; Michael Hancock, current Denver mayor; Ted Conover, an author and journalist; and Scott Horsley, a National Public Radio correspondent.

For more information regarding the history of Manual High School or to donate, please visit Friends of Manual.

Manual Training 1919, DPL Western History
Black and white photo of the Manual bowling team