Jessie Whaley Maxwell’s Namesake

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Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary opened in 1998, and is named after Mrs. Jessie Whaley Maxwell (1909-2002). She was the first African-American Administrator in Denver Public Schools and the state of Colorado. Mrs. Maxwell believed that every child deserved an opportunity to learn and she encouraged all students to strive for excellence.

Mrs. Maxwell was named Principal of Whittier Elementary School in 1955, where she served until 1966. She then became Principal of Columbine Elementary School until her retirement in 1972.

At the dedication of Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary School in 1998, Mrs. Maxwell said, “It is humbling to think of this school dedication. But this is more than mine. It is a symbol of the progress that has been made.”