History of Rachel B. Noel Building

Collegiate Prep Academy is located in the Rachel B. Noel campus in the Far Northeast region of Denver. Dr. Rachel Bassette Noel was the first African-American elected to the Denver Public Schools Board, who leaves behind a distinguished legacy in her effort to integrate Denver’s public schools with the Noel Resolution passed in 1970. Noel also became chairwoman of the African-American Studies Department at Metropolitan State College and taught sociology.

In 1976, she was the first African-American voted onto the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Noel passed away on February 4, 2008, at the age of ninety, but leaves a powerful legacy in our district and within our building.