I must thank, the late Ruth Gorham and Rosemary Fetter for writing their histories of this school. In addition, I must praise Betty Clarke who “decorated” her basement with many of the school’s archives and lovingly organized much of what we have. In addition, I salute Ben Duke, Marilyn Foster, and Renee Rockford as well as many others who pioneered various phases of organizing and collecting our archives. Without all of them, I would be creating my own version of the school’s history -- and no one wants that! My tale might be full of sound and fury and signify nothing.
Permit me to quote from Ruth Gorham’s book:
“ In Graland’s story there is magic. To imagine building a school far from the city, in the midst of a commonwealth of prairie dogs, required the vision of founding parents. To work constantly for its success demanded courage and persistence.
“ Following the story (through minutes of the Board and the words of those who were there) makes one realize how much time,energy and thought poured into the school’s creation and growth. We owe much to those builders and those builders and to those who maintained the school through many years of struggle, and we continue to be in debt to those who give of themselves so generously to keep Graland strong. Destructive, divisive rivalry has never existed among the people who keep the school functioning. The Head of the School, parents, trustees, and faculty have always worked together for the benefit of the children. Graland is a fine example of what can be accomplished through collective endeavor.
We ask indulgence for any omission or errors. Because of insufficient early documentation, we cannot claim that this is a complete record, but we hope the following pages will give a little flavor and excitement of life on the campus of Graland over the past fifty years.”
I echo, if not plagiarise, Mrs. Gorham’s three paragraphs, especially the last paragraph. I have striven in my scribblings to highlight the Graland I know, the school that gave me a chance. Thank you, Mike Teitelman!
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.