|J. K. Mullen High School|
3601 South Lowell Boulevard
|Motto||Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Dr. Raul Cardenas|
|Student to teacher ratio||17:1|
|Campus size||39 acres (160,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Mullen High School (formerly J.K. Mullen High School) is a Roman Catholic, Brothers of the Christian Schools, college-preparatory high school in Denver, Colorado. It is run independently within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.
Mullen High School was named for John Kernan Mullen, businessman, philanthropist, and founder of the Colorado Milling and Elevator Company. Together with his wife, Catherine, Mullen envisioned the founding of a high school in Denver for orphaned boys. In 1928, working with Henry Tihen, Mullen contacted Edward Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, for advice on how best to design and operate such a school. Following Flanagan's recommendation, Mullen wrote to the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist de La Salle in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and invited them to be the directors and teachers of his planned school.
In June 1928, Mullen opened negotiations with the De La Salle Christian Brothers. However, both Catherine and John Mullen died before the project could be completed, but their daughters and their husbands carried on with their plans. They purchased a 420-acre (1.7 km2) plot of land on the outskirts of Denver known as the Shirley Farm Dairy. An agreement was made that would allow the dairy to remain in operation in exchange for the students’ opportunity to work in the dairy and receive training in agriculture and mechanics. On April 8, 1932, 17 boys and three brothers moved into the new J.K. Mullen Home for Boys.
Since then, Mullen High School has experienced four distinct eras of change and growth:
Mullen enjoys an intense rivalry with Cherry Creek High School of Greenwood Village, Colorado. This rivalry was developed in the Centennial League and continues despite Mullen and Cherry Creek now play football in separate leagues since 2010. The two schools have met in the 5A State Football Championship game 3 times – 1998, 2004, and 2008, with Mullen winning each time. This rivalry is widely believed to be the state's top high school rivalry and spans several sports and activities.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||8||1978, 1979, 1980, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|Cross Country, Boys||1||1999|
|Cross Country, Girls||5||1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Winter||Swimming, Boys||2||2003, 2011|
|Swimming, Girls||7||1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005|
|Basketball, Boys||2||2001, 2006|
|Basketball, Girls||7||2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|Spring||Golf, Boys||7||1984, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002|
|Golf, Girls||5||2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005|
|Tennis, Girls||2||2001, 2006|
|Track and Field, Boys||12||1968, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009|
|Track and Field, Girls||11||1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011|
Mullen is a charter member of the National Forensics League.
7. Mullen High School Alumni, The Baseball Cube. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/hs/profile.asp?ID=427