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Keyes v. School District No. 1

Significance, Schools In Transition, Mixed Legal Messages, Modification And Remand, Resolution, Impact


Keyes, et al.


School District No. 1, Denver, Colorado

Petitioners' Claim

That the deliberate segregation of Park Hill neighborhood schools rendered the entire Denver Public School system liable to enforced desegregation.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioners

James M. Nabrit III, Gordon G. Greiner

Chief Lawyer for Respondents

William K. Ris

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Potter Stewart

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist (Byron R. White did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 June 1973


Stated that segregation of any portion of a school system showed prima facie evidence of overall segregation.

Related Cases

  • Green v. County School Board, 391 U.S. 430 (1968).
  • Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, 396 U.S. 19 (1969).
  • Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, 402 U.S. 1 (1971).
  • Milliken v. Bradley, 433 U.S. 267 (1974).
  • Dayton Board of Education v. Brinkman, 439 U.S. 1358 (1979).
  • Columbus Board of Education v. Pennick, 443 U.S. 526 (1979).

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