History & Mission

3 students posing in front of school

Lake Middle School, formerly known as Lake Junior High School, has deep roots in the City of Denver. The school opened its doors to students on  September 8, 1926. Lake’s outstanding academic offerings, location, historical architectural status and strong ties to thousands of local junior high graduates have made Lake an important educational institution for more than 90 years.

Our Mission

At Lake Middle School, we empower all students to achieve academic excellence, develop strength of character and build inclusive communities to impact our future.

Our History

Designed by Highlands natives Merrill and Burnham Hoyt, Lake Junior High School was built in 1926, and was referred to as “The Castle” for its English Tudor-esque features. Facing the snowy mountain range, the school is located on the East end of Sloan’s Lake, on 1820 Lowell Boulevard. Lake Junior High would become the most distinctive structure in the area because of its Moorish architecture combined with ornamental lights and soaring features, giving the school a medieval appearance. Artist Walter Pesman designed the garden area with varieties of native and imported flowers before the building was erected. Lake Junior eventually became a middle school in the Denver Public Schools.

Historical photo Lake Junior High
Historical photo of Lake Junior High

Lake Middle School Offers

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We’d love to show you around our beautiful school and give you a look inside our classrooms in action! Learn more about scheduling a school tour.