Washington High School (Atlanta)

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Booker T. Washington High School
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It's more than a legend; it's a tradition
Address
45 White House Dr.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Information
School type Public, College Preparatory, Exam 21st Century Small Learning Communities
School district Atlanta Public Schools
Superintendent Erroll Davis (Interim)
Grades 912
Language English
Website
Booker T. Washington High School
Washington High School (Atlanta) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Washington High School (Atlanta)
Location 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW, Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°45′12″N 84°25′18″W / 33.75333°N 84.42167°W / 33.75333; -84.42167Coordinates: 33°45′12″N 84°25′18″W / 33.75333°N 84.42167°W / 33.75333; -84.42167
Area 21.4 acres (8.7 ha)
Built 1924
Architect Wachendorff,Eugene C.
Architectural style Medieval eclectic
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 86000437[1]
Added to NRHP March 18, 1986

Booker T. Washington High School Educational Complex, named for the famous educator,[2] opened in September 1924 under the auspices of the Atlanta Board of Education, with the late Charles Lincoln Harper as principal. It is the first public high school for African-Americans in the state of Georgia and the Atlanta Public Schools.[3] Booker T. Washington High School was transformed into four small schools:

Booker T. Washington High School of

  • Health Science & Nutrition (Dr. Sam Scavella, Principal)
  • Banking, Finance, & Investment (Dr. Charcia Nichols, Principal)
  • Early College (Dr. Vanessa Nason, Principal)
  • Senior Academy (Ms. Tiauna Crooms, Principal)

History[edit]

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Designed by Atlanta-born architect Eugene C. Wachendorff, the building incorporates medieval and Byzantine elements, including the dramatic main entrance with five arches in two tiers. Six additions have been made to the original four-story building, which is situated on 21.4 acres (87,000 m2) of land. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It is fitting that visitors pass the statue of the school's namesake on the way to the entrance.[citation needed] One of the foremost black educators of the late 19th century and early 20th centuries, Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856 on a small farm in Virginia. He went on to found the Tuskegee institute in 1881.

In 1927, the only exact replica of the Booker T. Washington monument at Tuskegee University in Alabama was erected at the school's entrance. The statue of Washington, called "Booker T. Washington Lifting the Veil of Ignorance," is an exact replica of the original bronze at the Tuskegee Institute by sculptor Charles Keck. The inscription reads: "He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry."

Today, the school, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, boasts an enrollment of more than 1600 students with a faculty and staff of more than 100. Recent visitors to the historic institution have included South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, activist Jesse Jackson, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, and President George W. Bush.[citation needed] The school serves as a cornerstone of Atlanta Public School's comprehensive reform program, Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams). The project aims to increase the number of inner city students who graduate and go to college.[3]

Academics[edit]

Washington Early College[edit]

Booker T. Washington High School-Early College is one of the newest early college small schools in the Atlanta Public School System. The premise behind the early college concept is to afford students the opportunity to obtain college credits while going to high school. Students who graduate from BTWHS-EC will undoubtedly be prepared to pursue post secondary education at some of the top universities/colleges in the U.S.[citation needed]

Program of Study

In addition to the core program of study, students will be required to take the following classes to meet the requirements of the Early College School.

  • Early College Seminar
  • Early College Math
  • Early College English
  • Early College Social Studies
  • Early College Science

Washington Banking, Finance, & Investments(BFI)[edit]

The Booker T. Washington High School Banking, Finance and Investment Small School (BFI) gives BTW high school students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for college careers in business and finance. Emphasis is placed on a college preparatory curriculum that is directly linked to the business world.

This school prepares students for careers in business and finance with challenging courses. We focus on broad, transferable skills and stress understanding and demonstration of financial industry elements such as: accounting, financial planning, management, banking, credit, economics, money management, technology, investments, and insurance. In addition to their required courses, BFI students take one or two specialized courses each semester and a college level course in their senior year. Students also participate in job shadowing experiences and paid internships.

BFI is a part of the National Academy Foundation’s Academy of Finance. This foundation assists in establishing an on-going relationship that involves corporate executives, school personnel, parents and students, and results in paid internships, scholarships, and employment opportunities. Students are provided opportunities to enter into paid internships with local financial service companies during the summer of their senior year, and many offers of part-time employment during the school year are provided. BFI also has the Institute of Student Achievement (ISA) as its intermediary partner. This organization supports our[who?] planning process, curriculum development, leadership development, and overall development of our highly functioning small learning communities.[clarification needed]

Washington Health, Science, & Nutrition(HSN)[edit]

The Booker T. Washington High School of Health Science and Nutrition (BTWHSN) provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with a health care and nutrition concentration through in-depth investigation, hands-on discovery, experimentation and inquiry-based learning. Through a four-year program of study, students will have the opportunity to:

· Undergo a rigorous and relevant curriculum and receive in-depth instruction designed to ensure that all students meet the graduation requirements of the Atlanta Public Schools system while affording them multiple opportunities for postsecondary study.

· Gain college credit through dual enrollment and advanced placement courses

· Explore career interest in various nutrition and health care-related fields.

· Gain invaluable knowledge, skills, and experiences through medical seminars, internships, and health science field trips.

· Partake in an array of shadowing opportunities and hands-on modules.

Booker T. Washington High School of Health Science and Nutrition will offer two career pathways: Therapeutic Services Pathway and Nutrition and Food Science Pathway.

Feeder Patterns[edit]

Elementary Schools: Herndon and Bethune, Middle Schools: Kennedy, Sylvan, and Brown.

Local School Council[edit]

The property and business of the Booker T. Washington High School local council is managed by seven school council members, of whom two are parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school, two are teachers, and two are business education partners. The principal serves as chairperson of the Local School Council, which meets on the first Monday of each month from 9:00-10:00 A.M. in the second-floor conference room at the school.[4]

Student activities[edit]

Clubs & Organizations[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Religion[edit]

Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Government and Politics[edit]

  • Leroy Johnson- Georgia State Senator (First African/American to be elected to a political office in the southeast)
  • Louis Wade Sullivan - Former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush
  • Ruth A. Davis - Former Vice Consul in charge of American Affairs in the Congo

Sports[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915". Documenting the American South. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Untitled Document
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  6. ^ a b c d e f "Walk of Fame". btwBulldogs. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 

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