The following schools in Far Northeast Denver are significant part of the community. The three schools, DCIS at Ford, Omar D Blair and Marie L Greenwood are named after prominent community members who were instrumental in improving the education in this sector of the school district.
DCIS at Ford is name after Barney Ford. He was an escaped slave who became a wealthy Colorado businessman and civil rights pioneer. he was born in January 22, 1822 and died December 22, 1902. Mr. Ford is result of the white plantation owner and a slave woman named Phoebe. The school he was named after has undergone many changes and is currently a non traditional school
Omar D Blair is a charter school . Omar D Blair is a respected community leader who served as an officer in the Tuskegee Airman. He was par to the Great Train Robbery.
Marie L Greenwood was born in 1912 in Los Angeles CA. She is a well respected educator who worked for Denver Public Schools. She is 103 years old and still active in her namesake Marie L. Greenwood Academy.
These are three schools that I have either worked in or am currently worked in during my tenure in Colorado. I have also work in Oakland Elementary which opened in 1984.
The history of each of these schools is dying out and with the exception of Omar D Blair, the principal has never shared the historical contribution of the schools to the community of Denver. I will continue to write about these schools and adapt the information in lesson plans. I will post a template and copy of the lesson.
Each of the lessons will include various forms of technology that will enhance the lesson for the students, in addition to providing historical facts about the community.