Without giving a reason, Manual High School Principal Nickolas Dawkins resigned Friday.
He submitted his letter of resignation in the morning, according to district spokesperson Will Jones. District counselors were at school all day providing support to those in need, he says.
Dawkins spoke highly of Manual in his resignation letter, saying the time he spent there was a gift.
"Manual is where the light is," he writes, "and that light has been me. It's the light that I looked for when I was lost."
He did not explain why he resigned, only saying that he knew going to Manual might break him.
According to a letter sent out Friday to Manual parents, Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova say they are grateful for the service Dawkins has provided to his school.
"Nick grew up down the street from our school and has given so much to Manual and our community," the letter says. "More than 90 percent of our students report being satisfied with their experience in school."
Boasberg says the district will announce an interim school principal and intends to share details of the selection process for a new principal next week. Students and staff will reportedly be able to participate in some way.
According to the biography on the school's website, Dawkins has spent 16 years working in Denver schools. Prior to Manual High, he was principal of Hamilton Middle School in Denver.
No word on if he'll take another position at DPS.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
You can read Dawkins' full resignation letter here: