Anacostia High School

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Anacostia Senior High School
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Anacostia Senior High School
1601 16th Street Southeast[1]
District of Columbia, DC 20020
United States
School type Public high school
Established 1937
School district District of Columbia Public Schools
Principal Ian Roberts
Faculty 64.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 836 (as of 2009-10)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 13.06[2]
Campus type Urban Ward 8
Color(s)      Blue
Mascot Indians

Anacostia High School is a public high school located in the Southeast quadrant of the District of Columbia.


In August 2009, Friendship Public Charter School became a partner with DC Public Schools to manage the high school. As a result, the school became known as the Academies at Anacostia and was split into four separate academies. In 2009-10, there were two ninth-grade academies (Sojourner Truth and Charles Drew), one 10-12th grade academy (Frederick Douglass) and one academy for under-credited and overage students (Matthew Henson). In 2010-11, the two ninth-grade academies will become 9-10th grade academies, while the larger 10-12th grade academy (Frederick Douglass) will become 11-12th. Matthew Henson academy will stay intact. In 2011-12, Sojourner Truth and Charles Drew will expand to become 9-11th grades, while Frederick Douglass will only be seniors. In 2012-13, Sojourner Truth and Charles Drew will be fully operational 9-12th grade academies, and Frederick Douglass will no longer exist.

This setup is based on the Small Learning Community (SLC) model.

Built in 1935 with subsequent additions in the 1940s, 50s and 70s, the 247,000 sf Anacostia High School was in desperate need of a complete renovation and modernization that would not only bring the school up to the highest educational standards, but would also serve to transform the school building into a simple, understated canvas for the art and lives of its students. Architectural design firm Sorg Architects designed the renovation of Anacostia High School to restore the exterior of the original building steeped in sustainable design practice.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable events[edit]

On June 11, 2010, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama gave the commencement address to the Class of 2010.


Coordinates: 38°52′11″N 76°58′57″W / 38.8698°N 76.9825°W / 38.8698; -76.9825