Denver Manual High School principal resigns

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DENVER -- Nick Dawkins, the principal at Manual High School in Denver, resigned Friday.

RELATED: Dawkins' resignation letter

“Dawkins was like an uncle and a dad to many members of the high school,” Manual student Tai-Lonni French said.

The departure of Dawkins was not just felt by students, but the community too.

“He was an incredible leader and he was the one that was making change, changing that narrative, bringing us back to greatness," former Friends of Manual Board Chair Lainie Hodges said.

Hodges also stepped down on Friday.

“Having a leader like Nick Dawkins in place is what fueled a lot of people’s tanks and without him in there. I just have nothing left to give at this point,” Hodges said.

“I’m not upset with Dawkins because right now the best thing that’s for him is his happiness,” French said.

A letter was posted to the  Friends of Manual High School Facebook page from Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg saying the district is grateful for Dawkins' service.

The letter does not say why Dawkins resigned.

We are writing to let you know that Principal Nick Dawkins has decided to resign. We want to share how incredibly grateful we are for Nick’s service.

Nick grew up down the street from our school and has given so much to Manual and our community. In his time as school leader, our students have shown strong progress in performance, jumping two levels on the School Performance Framework in just one year. More than 90% of our students report being satisfied with their experience in school. And the vast majority of our families say they would recommend Manual to other families.

“What I am most proud of in my time leading in DPS is where I chose to lead,” Nick wrote in his letter sharing his decision. “DPS giving me the chance to go home and make some things right by the students there is a gift I will always be thankful for.”

We will be announcing our interim school leader and sharing details of our principal selection process, including how students, staff and community can participate, early next week.

Thank you for your continued support of our school as we work through this transition period.

Dawkins, a graduate of the University of Denver, was featured in a story when he was principal at Hamilton Middle School in Denver in 2015.

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