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November 16, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Break Ground for Dunbar High School Modernization 

Shovel Event Marks Start of Building Project for All-new 21st Century High School

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, and Department of General Services (DGS) Interim Director Brian J. Hanlon will join members of the Ward 5 community in celebrating the groundbreaking for the new Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School.

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011
11:30 A.M.


WHERE: Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School
1301 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington DC 20001

BACKGROUND: Originally named the “Preparatory High School for Colored Youth,” and later “M Street School,” the school was renamed in honor of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1916 with the completion of the previous building. Dunbar was the nation’s first high school for black students and boasts several graduates who are history makers or present leaders in their fields. The design for the new Dunbar promotes advanced learning, a healthy and comfortable environment for students and staff, and state-of-the-art technology.