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Remembering Leslie Moore

Jun. 16, 2022
 
Photo of Leslie Moore smiling
Photo credit: Brad Cochi / CHSAANow

We would like to honor DPS’ own and CHSAA Hall of Famer, Leslie Moore. Moore, a 35-year veteran of Denver Public Schools as a teacher, coach and administrator, was the first female president of the CHSAA Board of Directors (1996-98).

Moore, a Denver native, was born on September 6, 1947. She attended Denver Public Schools and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.

She returned to Denver after graduating from Western State to teach physical education at Kepner Junior High, Gove Junior High, and John F. Kennedy High School. From 1971 through 1989, she coached and won numerous awards in gymnastics, girls track and field, and basketball. Her move to administration in 1990 led to her final post with DPS, as Director of Athletics and Student Activities, which she held from 1998 to 2007.

Moore served as the district athletic director at DPS and hosted hundreds of playoff sites throughout her tenure there. She joined the DPS district athletic office in 1990 and served as district athletic director from 1998 to 2008. From promoting equal rights in girls’ sports, to assigning women officials to men’s basketball competitions, Moore was a strong supporter for equal rights and a Title IX officer throughout her career. She also led the state in establishing three-person basketball officiating crews.

Many organizations honored her for her commitment to equality on a local, statewide and national level. In 1996, Moore became the first woman in 75 years to be elected President of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors. She was inducted into the Denver Public Schools Hall of Fame and the Colorado High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Moore served on the Board of Directors of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association from 2004 to 2007 and was elected into the Association’s Hall of Fame. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association from 2004 to 2007, and in 2016 was inducted into the NIAAA Hall of Fame.