APS administrator returning to Denver’s East High School after DPS ‘splits’ controversy

John Youngquist will be taking over as principal of East High School in Denver after Friday’s shakeup that saw the principal and assistant principal resign over handling of a video that surfaced showing a cheerleader being forced into splits during training. Youngquist, who’s been at APS since 2013, was principal at East from 2007-2012 before serving a year as DPS’s director of principal talent managem

AURORA| Aurora Public Schools chief academic officer has announced he is heading back to Denver Public Schools.

John Youngquist will be taking over as principal of East High School in Denver after Friday’s shakeup that saw the principal and assistant principal resign over handling of a video that surfaced showing a cheerleader being forced into splits during training. Youngquist, who’s been at APS since 2013, was principal at East from 2007-2012 before serving a year as DPS’s director of principal talent management.

“We thank John Youngquist for his four years of service as APS Chief Academic Officer and wish him all the best in his next chapter,” APS Superintendent Rico Munn said in a statement. “Andre Wright, P-20 Learning Community Director, will serve as Interim Chief Academic Officer. Over the next few weeks, I will evaluate the role and expectations of the CAO position prior to developing a profile for that position moving forward. In the interim, I am confident that Andre’s leadership will maintain our district’s growth and momentum.”

Youngquist was one of the first major hires Munn made in 2013 when he took over from former APS Superintendent John Barry.