Edmund Burke School
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|Edmund Burke School|
|Washington, D.C., United States|
|Type||Private Preparatory School|
|Headmaster||Andrew Slater (2011-present)|
|Enrollment||298 (2012-present) (grades 6-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||7:1|
|Campus||Connecticut Avenue and Upton Street, NW|
|Color(s)||Burgundy and gray|
|Athletics conference||Potomac Valley Athletic Conference|
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 298 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, after years of legal negotiations with neighbors, Burke gained city approval to expand its facilities with a new building which would increase both size and capacity. New computer labs, offices, classrooms, athletic facilities, a theater, and a large parking garage were built.
The school was named for British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke, a founder of modern Conservatism. The quote, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing," of which attribution to Burke is disputed, hangs in the main hallway adorned with statues of the school's founders, Dick Roth and Jean Mooskin.
The school has two buildings, dubbed "Calvin" and "Hobbes," though 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. The school, while small in comparison to others in the area, still has all of the essential educational facilities, including a black box theater, a gym, a library, two computer labs, and a music room. Future plans for a pool have been rebuffed. In 2011, Burke refurnished Howard field.
1968 Founded by Dick Roth and Jean Mooskin, teachers formerly employed by the Hawthorne School in Southwest Washington, D.C. After Hawthorne went bankrupt, Burke's quote seemed apropos of the situation. The school opens in a building on California Street, Northwest, Washington, DC.
1973 Purchases and moves into 2955 Upton Street,Northwest, Washington, DC, in the science building of a former Girl's school which occupied what is now Howard University Law School.
1984 Constructs addition on west side of building, roughly doubling the size. New addition includes gymnasium
1985 Joe Sharlitt, a board member and parent of alumni Peter Sharlitt, pens a speech in which he coins the phrase "The Burke Style" which most closely defines Burke's culture.
1998 Founders Roth and Mooskin retire. Search committee selects David Shapiro as Headmaster
2006 New building opens at corner of Connecticut and Upton street, across alley from existing building. Buildings are connected via 2nd floor walkway over the alley.
2011 Andrew Slater named head of school upon David Shapiro's retirement.
2013 Damian Jones named head of school upon Andrew Slater's departure
Ron McClain, began his career in (land-based) education at Burke in 1972. He continues to steward the Parkmont School in DC to this day.
Faye Moskowitz taught 7th grade English at Burke until 1986, when she began work in the English department at George Washington University. She was head of the department for many years, and has published many novels.
Sue Willens taught senior English at Burke until she too joined the faculty in the GW English Department.
Tom Yoder, head of the high school at Georgetown Day School, taught at Burke through various periods of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Walter Ailes, a student of Roth and Mooskin at Hawthorne, went on to be chief administrator at Georgetown Day School through the 90s, and handled the transition time at Burke after the retirement of Roth and Mooskin.