Frederick Douglass Senior High School (Baltimore, Maryland)

Frederick Douglass Senior High School (Baltimore, Maryland)

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Frederick Douglass Senior High School (Baltimore, Maryland)

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Frederick Douglass Senior High School known locally as Douglass is a public high school located in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Established in 1883 as the Colored High and Training School, Douglass is the second oldest historically integrated public high school in the United States. Prior to desegregation Douglass and Baltimore's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School were the only two high schools in Baltimore that admitted African American students. Douglass served African American students from west Baltimore, while Dunbar served students from east Baltimore. Among Douglass' most notable alumni is Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. A graduate of the class of 1926, in 1954 Marshall successfully challenged school segregation as a lawyer in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, in which the Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal in public education was unconstitutional because it could never truly be equal. The school remains overwhelmingly majority African American and Douglass is one of the eleven lowest performing schools in the state of Maryland.


Named the "Colored High and Training School," Douglass was founded in 1883 and was the only high school for African Americans in the City of Baltimore until Dunbar opened its doors in 1937. On June 22, 1894, Frederick Douglass gave a commencement address at the school in which he said:<blockquote> "The colored people of this...
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