Few people have served the Cherry Creek School District for as long, or in as many meaningful ways, as Dr. Jack Platt, who was honored with the Legacy Stadium Educational Leadership Award and inducted into the Legacy Wall of Fame during a ceremony held at Cherokee Trail High School on May 1.
“It is important to remember those who have gone above the call of duty and dedicated a lifetime to the district,” said Paul Hanley, a member of the award committee and a former member of the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education. “That is certainly Dr. Jack Platt.”
Platt joined the district in 1956 as a junior high, and then high school, math teacher. During the next 38 years, he served as an assistant principal, principal, director of elementary education, director of program development and director of curriculum, where he helped the district develop a seamless curriculum from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.
“Jack’s leadership in curriculum development fostered the adoption of innovative and best practices in all subject areas,” said Dr. James McDermott. “This work alone is a legacy for which he can be very proud.”
Even 18 years after his retirement, he continues to work on behalf of the district as a member of the District Accountability Committee and the Retired Employees of Cherry Creek Schools (RECCS).
The Cherry Creek School District established the Legacy Stadium Educational Leadership Award and Legacy Wall of Fame in 2003 to permanently identify and recognize those individuals and groups who have left a lasting legacy in their dedication and commitment to excellence in Cherry Creek Schools.
Those who nominated Platt said his professional skills and personal integrity made them better educators, better people, and made the Cherry Creek School District a better place for students.
“Jack encouraged all of us, colleagues and students, to dream,” said George Mansfield, a retired administrator and past Legacy award recipient. “He stirred in us thought about an unfinished educational world. He gave others good reasons for believing in themselves. Jack is a true leader and visionary in every sense of the word.”
Platt joins an esteemed group of Legacy Award recipients that includes Mansfield, community volunteer Robin Thorsen, former Board of Education member Patricia Hayes, and former superintendents Dr. Richard Koeppe, Dr. Robert Tschirki and Dr. Monte Moses. The Legacy Wall of Fame is located at Legacy Stadium on the Cherokee Trail High School campus.