|Theodore Roosevelt High School|
listed in the NRHP as "Roosevelt Senior High School"
4301 13th Street Northwest
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||District of Columbia Public Schools Ward 4|
|Faculty||66.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||600 (as of 2016–17)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.36|
Theodore Roosevelt High School is a public high school operated by the District of Columbia Public Schools in the Petworth neighborhood of Ward 4 neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. Roosevelt enrolls 698 students (2017–2018) in ninth through 12th grade. Additionally, the high school is also home to Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. program, an alternative academic and career/technical program that leads to a high school diploma or vocational certificate.
The high school, located at 13th and Upshur Streets NW was built in 1932 to accommodate 1,200 students. Just prior to the 2016-2017 academic year, it completed a $121 million, two-year facility modernization. During the renovation period, classes were conducted at the MacFarland Middle School campus nearby at 4400 Iowa Avenue, NW. The school campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Plans for the school began in 1920, and it opened in 1932. The 64-room school was designed to hold 1,551 students. Alongside a regular college entrance curriculum, the school included business-oriented classes to accommodate the interests of white students who had previously been served by the Business High School at Ninth Street and Rhode Island Avenue Northwest. The business focus was in contrast to the technical focus of McKinley Technical High School and Armstrong Technical High School. The school was integrated in 1953, one of the first schools in the District of Columbia to do so.
Uncovered New Deal artwork
In 1934, art students under the guidance of the Baltimore-born artist Nelson Rosenberg created a mural in the cafeteria. Titled An American Panorama, the was created as part of the New Deal-era Public Works of Art Project. It was later accompanied by other murals, added by later students, around the school. An American Panorama was uncovered during renovation work in the cafeteria in fall 2013. The fresco is currently being restored and will be incorporated into the final renovation.
- Kate Smith (1907–86), American singer, attended Business High School—likely class of 1924.
- Bill Smith, former MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies)
- Diane Rehm, 1954, American public radio talk show host
- Phil Perlo, American football player
- Bowie Kuhn, Baseball Commissioner
- Abe Pollin, Owner Washington Bullets, Washington Capitals
- Sharon Pratt (Sharon Pratt Kelly, Sharon Pratt Dixon), 1961 – DC politician (Mayor of DC, 1991 to 1995)
- Charlene Drew Jarvis (b. 1941), American educator and former scientific researcher and politician
- Irvin Yalom, 1931 psychiatrist, author.
- GNIS entry for Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School; USGS; December 31, 1981.
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- "Nelson Rosenberg". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- Wiener, Aaron. "Rough Ride: Can a new building, redrawn boundaries, and a changing neighborhood transform D.C.'s struggling Roosevelt High School?". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- Roosevelt High School
- Roosevelt High School Modernization Project, District of Columbia Department of General Services
- Roosevelt High School Profile, District of Columbia Public Schools
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