Ribbon-Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration for James E. Loan Athletic Center May 6


Denver, Colo. (April 25, 2019)
– Denver Academy (DA), an independent school serving diverse learners in grades 1 to 12, will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration for its new James E. Loan Athletic Center for faculty/staff, DA parents, donors and friends of the school on Monday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

This event is by invitation only and celebrates the completion of the new center and Phase One of DA’s 50th Anniversary Building on Excellence construction project. A renovated Elementary/6th Grade Building was also completed as part of Phase One and opened in February. The capital campaign continues to support DA’s Endowment Fund and Phase Two construction, which includes a Performing Arts Center.

The James E. Loan Athletic Center is located on the southeast corner of Denver Academy’s 22-acre campus, adjacent to Richardson Hall. The 25,000 square-foot facility has a regulation varsity-sized multi-use gym, complete with 500 seats, which will allow the school to host regional and state tournaments. The building includes additional features like locker rooms, a weight room, and a dance studio. It will also provide a place where DA’s community of students and staff can all gather in one location. The new center has been named in honor of James E. Loan who was with Denver Academy from 1974 to 2008. Mr. Loan started as Associate Director and Master Teacher at DA and was the co-creator of the school’s pioneering curricula. In his more than three decades with the school, he served as a strategist, fundraiser, and administrator, specifically in his role as Denver Academy Headmaster from 1992 to 2008. Find out more about the James E. Loan Athletic Center and additional projects of the Building on Excellence campaign here.
Photo opportunities at the James E. Loan Grand Opening event:
  • Building Namesake & Former Denver Academy Headmaster James E. Loan
  • Denver Academy Headmaster Mark Twarogowski
  • Denver Academy Head of Lower School Lori Hull
  • Denver Academy Head of High School Mark Wood
  • Denver Academy Director of Facilities Jim Levinson
  • Denver Academy Athletic Director Mark Bender, Athletic & Physical Education Faculty
  • Denver Academy Board of Directors Chair Ed Callahan &
Incoming Board Chair Kristi Taddonio Mullins (Class of ‘94)
  • Denver Academy Building on Excellence Campaign Cabinet Members & Donors
  • Representatives from the project architects, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
  • Representatives from the project contractors, JHL Constructors, Inc.
  • Representatives from project managers, Inline Management

About Denver Academy
Founded in 1972, Denver Academy believes that students thrive when taught in the way they learn best. DA is one of the top schools in the nation dedicated to teaching diverse learners, including those with dyslexia and ADHD. DA’s innovative, proven learning model is based on the balanced application of classroom management, information processing, and academic literacy. Small class sizes of 12-14 students facilitate student-centered differentiated instruction. Flexible placement and several academic levels within each core subject, including honors classes and advanced coursework, allow faculty to teach to each student’s optimal level. For more information, visit www.denveracademy.org.
(Photos available upon request.)