Cardozo Senior High School

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Cardozo Senior High School
Cardozo Senior High School.JPG
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
1300 Clifton Street Northwest[1]
Washington, DC, 20009
United States
Coordinates 38°55′19″N 77°01′42″W / 38.9219°N 77.0284°W / 38.9219; -77.0284Coordinates: 38°55′19″N 77°01′42″W / 38.9219°N 77.0284°W / 38.9219; -77.0284
School type Public high school
Established 1928 (1928)
School district District of Columbia Public Schools Ward 1
Principal Tanya S. Roane
Faculty 63.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 631 (as of 2009-10)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 10.02[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Purple
Mascot Clerks
Then-U.S. President George W. Bush helping to paint a mural of local landmark Ben's Chili Bowl in Cardozo.

Cardozo Senior High School, formerly Central High School, is a secondary school at 13th and Clifton Street in northwest Washington, D.C., United States, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Cardozo is operated by District of Columbia Public Schools. The school is named after clergyman, politician and educator Francis Lewis Cardozo.


The building was designed by architect William B. Ittner. Prior to 1949, it was known as Central High School, but was renamed when the school district deemed it a "colored" school. The U Street Metro station is partially named after this school, with "Cardozo" in the station's subtitle.[3] Likewise, an alternative, Urban Renewal-era name for the Columbia Heights neighborhood is Upper Cardozo, and some of the public buildings in the area still bear this name.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Cardozo's marching band was one of the best in Washington, DC, and won several band competitions. Due to their enormous popularity, the band was invited to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade in 1981.


The video for the Don't Copy That Floppy anti-software piracy campaign was shot at Cardozo.

The school appears in Wale's "Chillin music video".

The school's marching band appears in the parade at the end of the movie, D.C. Cab.


Cardozo was one of 11 schools nation-wide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2006-2007 school year.

Noted alumni[edit]

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Cardozo:

  • Bancroft
  • Bruce-Monroe
  • Cleveland
  • Gage-Eckington
  • Garrison
  • Meyer
  • Noyes
  • Raymond
  • Park View
  • Marie Reed
  • Seaton
  • Shaed
  • Tubman
  • Meridian PCS

The following middle schools feed into Cardozo:

  • Garnet-Patterson
  • Lincoln
  • Shaw
  • Meridian PCS
  • Dr.Higdon


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Cardozo Senior High School; USGS; January 1, 2000.
  2. ^ a b c National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 6, 2011.
  3. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2011-11-03. Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^ "James Mayo, Director Emeritus Of Anacostia Museum, Dies.". Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive. Retrieved 21 April 2012.   – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  5. ^ "SASSCER, Lansdale Ghiselin, (1893 - 1964)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 

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