Edmund Burke School

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The Edmund Burke School is a private college preparatory school in Washington, D.C. Located on Connecticut Avenue, NW, near the Van Ness metro station, it covers 6th through 12th grades, and it currently enrolls about 320 students. Founded in 1968 by Jean Mooskin and Dick Roth, the school practices progressive education: teachers are called by their first names and classes are small. In 2003, the school, after years of legal negotiations with neighbors, gained city approval to expand its facilities with a new building which would increase the school's size and capacity. A new theater, computer labs, offices, classrooms, athletic facilities, and a large parking garage have been built.

The school was named for Irish parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke. The quote "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing," which is often misattributed to Burke, hangs in the main hallway adorned with statues of the school's founders, Dick Roth and Jean Mooskin.


The school has two buildings, and though the older one was dubbed "Calvin" and the newer "Hobbes," the majority of the student body still refers to them as "The New Building" and "The Old Building." The buildings occupy the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Upton St. Although the school is small in comparison to others in the area, all of the essential educational facilities can be found, including a black box theater, a gym, a...
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