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Happy Marvin Gaye Day!
Today is April Fool’s Day, but tomorrow, those within the DC region celebrate the life of one of its native sons, Marvin Gaye! April 2, 2011 would have marked his 72nd birthday.
Marvin Gaye, born in 1939, was raised in Benning Terrace in Southeast.  His family moved around the city and he later attended Cardozo Senior High School in Northeast.  Unfortunately, Gaye left before graduating so his senior picture does not even exist (what a pic that would be!).  After searching through all the years he would have attended Cardozo, we could not even find a picture of him in the yearbooks with the chorus or band!  Above is the entrance to Cardozo Senior High School, as it appeared in the 1950s.  Marvin Gaye would have been a member of the class of 1957.
The Historical Society of Washington will be having their 27th Annual Marvin Gaye Day Celebration from 130-430 pm.

Happy Marvin Gaye Day!

Today is April Fool’s Day, but tomorrow, those within the DC region celebrate the life of one of its native sons, Marvin Gaye! April 2, 2011 would have marked his 72nd birthday.

Marvin Gaye, born in 1939, was raised in Benning Terrace in Southeast.  His family moved around the city and he later attended Cardozo Senior High School in Northeast.  Unfortunately, Gaye left before graduating so his senior picture does not even exist (what a pic that would be!).  After searching through all the years he would have attended Cardozo, we could not even find a picture of him in the yearbooks with the chorus or band!  Above is the entrance to Cardozo Senior High School, as it appeared in the 1950s.  Marvin Gaye would have been a member of the class of 1957.

The Historical Society of Washington will be having their 27th Annual Marvin Gaye Day Celebration from 130-430 pm.

Put Me In Coach [It’s Opening Day!]

In the spirit of the official start of the baseball season, here is a spotlight on some trophies in the Sumner School collection.  

In the early part of the 20th century, the segregated schools of Washington, DC each had their own annual baseball championships, played at Griffith Stadium (home of the Washington Senators, Redskins, and the Negro League’s Homestead Grays).  The Stadium stood in Northwest from 1911 to 1965 - after professional teams relocated to DC/RFK Stadium in 1961, Howard University Hospital now occupies the site.  

Clark Griffith trophies seen here were in the form of cup trophies and plaques.  In 1935, Armstrong Vocational High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School shared a championship with the cup trophy; and Central High School’s baseball team was awarded with a plaque in 1940.

Anacostia High School was awarded the Washington Senators Championship Trophy in the 1940s and 1960s.

Being on the championship team did have its perks beyond a lettermans jacket - in 1943, Eastern High School team member Wilbur Osman was invited to try out for the Senators (aka Nats) by Clark Griffith himself.

These are taken from the Dunbar High School yearbook, Liber Anni, 1955.  Princess D. Whitfield was a very active member of the class of 1955 - joining the National Honor Society, becoming a class officer, choir member, time keeper for the Dunbar basketball team, as well as a member of the Fleur de Lis club!

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Anonymous asked: Can you please tell me what high school Mrs. Princess D. Whitfield attended? She was an excellent teacher and I just found out that she eventually became the principal of Hine Junior High School, the school that she turned around significantly.

Mrs. Whitfield was one of my favorite teachers. She often told us that she was a proud product of the DC Public Schools system. What schools did she attend?

Princess Dupont Whitfield graduated from Dunbar High School in 1955.  She became principal of Hine Junior High School, near Eastern Market in 1982.  Her acheivements were nationally recognized in 1987, when Secretary of Education William Bennett cited Hine as an example of disciplinary schools.  During her tenure, the school was also awarded designation as a Blue Ribbon School in 1991 by the White House.  Mrs. Whitfield was personally recognized as an American Hero in Education by a Reader’s Digest poll in 1992, and inducted into the District’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 before retiring in 1995.

She is truly a remarkable figure and District schools were privileged to have her grace their presence. Yearbook pictures to come!

Speaking of higher learning…

It’s March Madness!! As the men’s and women’s tournaments continue (and more and more barckets fall apart and/or explode) we would like to give a shout out to those teams that made it to the Sweet 16 with Washington, DC natives on their roster:

  • Duke University - Tyler Thornton, FR
  • Kansas University - Thomas Robinson, SO
  • University of Richmond - Cedrick Lindsay, FR
  • University of Georgia - Ronika Ransford, FR, graduate of HD Woodson Senior High School
  • Stanford University - Grace Mashore, JR

We figure if your bracket is blown to bits, might as well go for the [pseudo] home team…

Congratulations to the nine DC high school students awarded Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarships!! They will receive full rides to The George Washington University.  Seven of the students will be graduating from DC public and charter schools:  Adam Middleton and Chidi Agbaeruneke of Benjamin Banneker High School; Sarai Reed of Duke Ellington School of the Arts; Hope Ajayi of McKinley Technology Senior High School; Alena Russell of School Without Walls Senior High School; and Markus Batchelor and Moo Bae of Thurgood Marshall Public Charter High School.

Since your tuition, room, board, and books are taken care of - time for clothes shopping! We wish you all the greatest success! Congratulations!

Curator Ken! #MuseumPics

Curator Ken! #MuseumPics

That was fun!

A belated post-Picture A Museum Day round up will be coming soon.  We had lots of fun participating, because, well - we like what we do! Thanks for following! 

The project #MuseumPics is still an active stream on flickr and I believe they still pull in the hashtag from twitter.  For more information please click to go the the website: museumpics.com