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Rosemary Fetter in her book about our school recounted the history of the Cranmer home :

“In 1916, a farsighted businessman named George Cranmer discovered that the city had paid $20,390 for a future park at Hilltop. Cranmer purchased several lots to the east of the unfinished park to build his estate at the highest point of the hill. After he became manager of Improvements and Parks under Mayor Ben Stapleton in 1935, Cranmer landscaped Mountain View Park, which was renamed Cranmer Park in 1959.

“According to Tom Noel. . . Cranmer. . . ordered the removal of trees that blocked his view ‘declaring that trees could not be planted to grow above the sightline from an open flagstone terrace at the top of the hill.’ Cranmer, however, also installed a sundial six feet in diameter supported by a seven-foot steel bar."

One of the best places to escape the roar of the crowd any afternoon is the sundial. My ninth-grade English class and I often visited the sundial. In fact, we once had a grammar lesson on gerunds near the sundial.  I treasure a photo Marilyn Foster snapped of my class and me at the sundial.

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.