About Us

Note from the Principal

I’m very excited for the 2023-2024 school year.   This year we are focusing on living our school mission by focusing  on Student engagement and agency through authentic tasks and supportive learning environments.   Our commitment to prepare students for success in high school and beyond is unwavering.    Please reach out to me for opportunities to support and stay involved in our wonderful community.  

Principal Bio: Doug Clinkscales is a Denver born native who grew up on the east side of Denver.   Attending Bromwell Elementary and Cole Middle School.  After High School Clinkscales went to Colorado State University where he gained his passion for working with kids as a coach and official for Loveland Parks and rec.  In 2007, Clinkscales was hired as a founding teacher of the relaunch of Manual High School.   During his tenure at Manual High School Clinkscales has served in several capacities.   Five years as the head football coach and 3 years as the head Track coach.  As a teacher, he taught the Graduating class of 2011 in three of their 4 years in the subjects of Geography, U.S. History, Sociology, Psychology In 2010 Clinkscales was selected as the Manual High School Teacher of the year.  Clinkscales became the school Assistant Principal  and athletic director in the 2012-2013 school year.   He has helped capture Manual’s rich history and tradition by establishing the Manual High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Wall of Champions, .   As an administrator Clinkscales prides himself in the work he has done leading the student support team, helping student emotional and academic success. 

Phone: 720-423-6340

Email: dclinks@dpsk12.net

Principal Douglas Clinkscales

McAuliffe Manual Middle School is a community that prides itself on serving a diverse population of students and families racially, ethnically, religiously, and socio-economically.

We draw students from a wide range of neighborhoods; many of them within a 1-mile radius of our campus. Racially, our students identify as the following: 25% Black, 22% White, 44% LatinX, and 9% Multiple races.

Our students and family members intentionally work to dissolve barriers of inequity and racism within the educational system.

Our unique status as an Innovation School gives us the opportunity to do what’s best for students and develop a curriculum that is perspective building and life-changing. 

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My son’s school has been one of the best in terms of  the help they have given my son as well as me. The calls and e-mails to keep me informed  on what’s going, are what keeps me calm. They take very seriously anything that does not go according to the growth and care of their students.