Ricks Center for Gifted Children (Denver, Colo.)
University of Denver. 2040 South York Street, Denver, Colorado 80208. Date built: 1991. Major renovation: 1997. Gross square feet: 30,225. "A major fundraising drive in 1990 resulted in funding for a new facility. The parent body alone raised more than $100,000 for this project. The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Mrs. Ruth 0.W. Johnson, and several anonymous major donors were also essential to the success of the drive. In November 1991, Ricks Center for Gifted Children was dedicated and named after Alta Merle Ricks, our major benefactress. The new addition was completed in 1996 adding ten classrooms. An early childhood wing and a middle school wing now house the youngest and oldest students. A science lab, music recording studio, art lab, media and technology center are new, special features of the Ricks Center facility. The new facility was designed by architects who encouraged the children to contribute their ideas, and today it stands as a reflection of the unique learning needs of its students. Classrooms, a science and visual arts laboratory, media services, a foreign language lab, a multi-purpose room (for physical education, drama, music), and administrative office space are all housed in one building. Outdoor playgrounds are located on the site, and students also have access to many University of Denver facilities." Brick with copper roof and limestone trim?
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Alta Merle Ricks (1905-2005) was a benefactress for the Ricks School of Gifted Children.Her generosity supported the Ricks Center building project and an endowment fund. She was a regular visitor to the school and attended many events. This collection contains items collected and created by Ricks, unconnected to the school, including family photographs, personal paintings, and various trophies and awards.
File — Box: M454.0006
Overview Box 6 contains trophies of Alta Merle Ricks and/or her family. This includes bowling trophies, a Lads 'n Lassies trophy for Alta and her husband, and a W.F. Williams Award given to Ethel McMahan (Alta's mother) in 1917.
Overview Ricks Center at the University of Denver was founded in 1984 and was then known as the University Center for Gifted Young Children. The program has grown into a school serving approximately 250 children from three years of age through the eighth grade. The collection consists of historical records, photographs, and other memorabilia related to the founding and operation of the school.