In her book on Graland, Rosemary Fetter described our school as “the ideal setting” and tied together our history with the history of Hilltop:
“When Graland Country Day School first opened in 1928, the surrounding neighborhood consisted of a few isolated houses and George Cranmer’s mansion on the hilltop to the north. Vacant lots flanked the school’s eastern front, with no streets or sidewalks, and no extensions to supply gas or electricity to future homes. Less than a century later, Hilltop has become one of Denver’s most charming neighborhoods, blossoming since the 1930’s with Tudor, Prairie, and Streamline Moderne-style residences.
The square mile from Colorado Boulevard to Holly Street between Eighth Avenue and Alameda Avenue is the highest point in Denver. According to Alice Millett Bakemeimer in Hilltop Heritage, the area once served as the prehistoric stomping grounds for herds of horses, bison, deer, mammoths, and even the single-humped camel during the Age of Mammals, 65 million to 11,000 years ago. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science still has the sacrum and ten vertebrae of camelops besternus found during installation of a drainpipe at 620 Clermont Street in 1936. The forelegs of another camel were discovered in 1935 at 100 Cherry Street.”
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.