August 25, 2010

A New Day at Eastern: Fenty Administration Re-Opens the Pride of Capitol Hill 

Eastern Senior High School Reopens with Grandeur

Contact: Jennifer Calloway | (202) 535-1096

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Washington, DC – Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) Executive Director Allen Lew, and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells joined students, alumni, and Ward 6 residents for the re-opening of Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE.

Respectfully restored with a sensitive balance of historic preservation and boasting the latest educational technology as well as special academic amenities, Eastern Senior High School, also known as “The Pride of Capitol Hill,” is one of the premier learning centers in the Washington, DC region.

“The transformation of Eastern is spectacular,” said Mayor Fenty. “You can see the care and attention to detail that the architects and builders took while restoring the school. Allen Lew and his team have again masterfully rebuilt another gem.”

"Eastern Senior High will continue to honor its rich and notable past. Twelfth-grade students this year will benefit from a brand-new, modern building with new technology to prepare them for 21st century learning in college and careers," said Chancellor Rhee. "Next school year, we will welcome ninth-grade students to a re-imagined Eastern, designed with extensive input from alumni and the current and future Eastern communities.”

Eastern Senior High School boasts new state-of-the-art science and technology labs, internet and cyber cafes as well as a working ambulance in the new health/science practical lab for real world emergency medical assistance training.

Long known for its stellar music and choral arts programs the school now boasts brand new music and choral lofts as well as a grand performance theatre and spacious three story atriums that allow for alternate school and community meeting or performance space.

“I’m excited about our progress and the exceptionally high standards we have set,” said Lew. “We are attracting the very best architects and builders for DC school projects, and the results are readily apparent in the fantastic new schools we are bringing on line and the exciting designs being generated for future projects.”

Eastern Senior High School, which is now LEED silver certified, has capacity for 1,100 students. The project cost for renovations of Eastern High School is $77 million.

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