Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.)

Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.)

Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.)

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Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is a secondary school in Washington, DC. Wilson is located in the Tenleytown neighborhood of D.C., at the intersection of Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Wilson, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools. The school was named for Thomas Woodrow Wilson, who not only was the 28th President of the United States, but was also a highly regarded academic, and still the only President to have earned a Ph.D.


Woodrow Wilson High School was built on a patch of land acquired in 1930, known by the neighboring Tenleytowners as "French's Woods". In March 1934, the DC commissioners awarded the contract to build Wilson to the lowest bidder, McCloskey and Co of Philadelphia.Built for a total cost of $1,250,000, Wilson opened its doors to students on Monday, September 23, 1935, with 640 sophomores and juniors. Many students transferred to Wilson from Central and Western. Western had been running double shifts (9am to 5pm) to accommodate the students from the Wilson neighborhoods. Woodrow Wilson High School graduated 290 students in the new school's first Spring commencement exercises, on June 23, 1937. The class President was Robert Davidson.However, there was an earlier February graduation class, with Chester Moye, President.

The first principal was Norman J.Nelson, who had previously been the Assistant Principal at Western.

Dr. Stephen P. Tarason became the school's 11th principal in...
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