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Graland History Blog

Writings from the Graland Archives Committee

List of 6 news stories.

  • One of the items to be displayed in the “Alumni Memorabilia Gallery” will be a wood-covered yearbook.  Included in the back was a handwritten letter to each graduate from Georgia Nelson. This letter is from June 4, 1947.

    Sharing School History… New Corkins Center Display Planned for 2022

    As we inch closer to Graland’s 100th anniversary since its incorporation in 1927, sharing its glorious history seems very fitting with a new display in the Corkins Center. The current Allen Tupper True display will be taken down in a few weeks and in its place will be an “Alumni Memorabilia Gallery.”
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  • An enclosure on campus housed a number of farm animals, including a pair  of donkeys named Macaroni and Popsicle.

    Graland Country Day School - What's in a Name?

    When the current school site was selected in 1928, can you picture what this area looked like?  Imagine a wide-open, spacious prairie with only two buildings - the Cranmer Mansion at 200 Cherry Street and an old brick house built by John Leet. There was "nothing but sagebrush and prairie dogs to the east, farms, and dairies to the south, and the city camp to the west (now the Cherry Creek Shopping Center)."
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  • Photo from the Archive

    Graland Southwest Trip - 50 Years Since Inception

    With great preparation and many layers of health and safety precautions taken, Grade 6 students were able to once again attend the Southwest Trip, a hallmark of Graland’s historic experiential learning. This trip originated 50 years ago, in 1971, and was the idea of teaching legend Nancy Nye ‘39 Priest, who passed away just last November at the age of 93.
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  • Graland Christmas Toy Workshop

    The Magic of Holiday Programs over the Years

    Besides providing a strong academic program since its founding in 1927, Graland has also excelled in the visual and performing arts. From its earliest years, Graland has found ways to celebrate the joys of the holidays through memorable school programs and activities.
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  • The Passing of Graland's Beloved Nancy Nye '39 Priest

    It is with great sadness and regret that Graland wishes to share the passing of Nancy Nye ‘39 Priest. Nancy passed away peacefully at her home on November 20, 2020.

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  • Enjoying the Campus from the Outside In!

    Since the parent and alumni communities are currently unable to be on campus, it seemed fitting to share some interesting historical information about part of the school campus everyone can see from a distance - Preisser Field.  Our hope is that with a greater knowledge of parts of our school’s history, there will be an even greater appreciation.
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The Graland Archives Committee

The Graland Archives Committee is a dedicated group of Graland alumni from different eras with a passion for preserving and raising awareness about the school's history. Jim Arneill '66, Ed Murane '78, and Ann Ladd '87 Ryan are excited to periodically share interesting bits of information to our community.

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.