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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Cuts Ribbon On Phase I of Anacostia Senior High Schools Modernization

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(WASHINGTON, DC)— Mayor Vincent C. Gray today celebrated the completion of Phase I of a two-phase modernization program for Anacostia Senior High School along with students and staff from the historic school and representatives from the Office of the City Administrator (OCA) and the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM).

“Anacostia Senior High is the first of many state-of-the-art new or renovated public education facilities we’re opening for this school year,” Mayor Gray said. “Today we are cutting the ribbon on first-rate technology for both teachers and students, environmentally friendly design features and other upgrades.”

“We are excited about Phase I for Anacostia High School because our goal was to create a design that both enhanced and preserved the historic features of the school while bringing new technology into the facility for staff and students,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, who served previously as Executive Director of OPEFM.

Standout design features include a series of decorative art panels lining the corridors — created by Anacostia students with the guidance of local artist Sheila Crider — made possible through a grant from D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DC Creates!). Other modernization features include interactive whiteboards; a sound-enhancement system for classroom instruction; laptop computers for students; and fully renovated gymnasium, weight and fitness areas. The Anacostia project is currently targeting a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

"Our goal is to not only provide modernized schools for our teachers and students in the District of Columbia, but we are also striving to provide world-class facilities for the entire community,” said Ollie Harper, Jr., Acting Executive Director of OPEFM. “We want the District of Columbia to be recognized as a leader in school facility modernization.”