Manual High School principal resigns; Confederate flag controversy not mentioned in letter

DENVER — Nick Dawkins, the principal of Manual High School, has resigned after more than 16 years with Denver Public Schools.

His departure was announced Friday in a letter posted on Facebook by DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova.

The letter does not mention any reasons why Dawkins decided to leave Manual — a school he grew up down the street from and, as the letter touts, gave so much to. 

However, his resignation comes nearly six months after a false accusation surrounding an alleged Confederate flag display at a football game sparked controversy between two school districts. 

Dawkins was among other DPS officials who accused Weld Central High School’s football team of allowing the racially-charged symbol to be displayed during a game between the two schools Manual was hosting on September 22, 2017. 

He and other officials from both districts later confirmed the sighting was unfounded.

During his time at Manual, the school’s performance jumped two levels in just one year, the letter reads. 

“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.” 

DPS officials said they would be announcing an interim principal early next week. 

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