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Tribute to Maceo Brodnax, Jr.

Jun. 21, 2022
 
Headshot of Maceo Brodnax, Jr.

Former Denver Public Schools student and administrator, Maceo Brodnax Jr., passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022, just short of his 92nd birthday. 

Brodnax graduated from Manual High School where he served as team captain of the state championship team during his senior year in 1948. After high school, Brodnax attended the University of Denver where he was the first Black athlete to receive a scholarship at the school.

He became the first Black official to work a high school or college basketball game in the state of Colorado. He was the first Black official to work a Big Eight Conference game, a Western Athletic Conference game and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.

Brodnax served as assistant principal and principal in DPS. He was inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame as a basketball official in 1999.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 21, from 4 – 7 PM at Pipkin Braswell Chapel Of Peace, 6601 East Colfax Avenue. A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, June 22, at 12 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 3240 Adams Street. Internment will be on June 22, at 2:30 p.m. at Hampden Memorial Gardens, 8600 E. Hampden Avenue.