Phil Goodstein Author Visit - The Denver School Book

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Join us for an educational talk as we welcome author, Phil Goodstein for a discussion on his newest work, The Denver School Book: The History of Denver Public Schools Volume One, 1859 - 1967, the first book in a planned trilogy and a fascinating survey of Mile High public education.

This book traces the origins of Mile High schools to the arrival of the city’s first schoolmaster, Owen J. Goldrick, in 1859 and how Denver was soon home of numerous different school districts. This eventually led to their consolidation in 1902 as District #1 of Denver Public Schools of the City and County of Denver. The Denver School Book explores superintendents, members of the board of education, the district’s facilities, and how the Chamber of Commerce, working with the PTA, essentially gained control of the school board in 1917, dominating it for the next 50 years.The Denver School Book is essential reading to anyone who wants to know about the city or wishes to probe what public education is all about


Author Phil Goodstein is a graduate of Denver Public Schools. There he found himself bored in class while he sought to change the world. Over the last 30 years, he has sought to probe how Denver operates and the character of the community. Some of his previous books include; Denver from the Bottom Up, In the Shadow of the Klan, and the Ghosts of Denver: Capitol Hill.

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