Friendship Armstrong Academy

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Armstrong Manual Training School
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Friendship Armstrong Academy is located in Central Washington, D.C.
Friendship Armstrong Academy
Location 1400 First St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′32″N 77°0′49″W / 38.90889°N 77.01361°W / 38.90889; -77.01361Coordinates: 38°54′32″N 77°0′49″W / 38.90889°N 77.01361°W / 38.90889; -77.01361
Area less than one acre
Built 1902
Architect Waddy B. Wood
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference # 96000893 [1]
Added to NRHP August 16, 1996 [2]

Friendship Armstrong Academy is a public charter school located in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Historically a black school, it is housed in the former Armstrong Manual Training School, also known as the Samuel Chapman Armstrong Technical High School.


The building was designed by local architect Waddy B. Wood in 1902. The Renaissance Revival building was one of two segregated manual training schools constructed for the city's African-American youth.[3] It was named for Samuel C. Armstrong.[4] It was dedicated by Booker T. Washington, on October 24, 1902.[5]

The building served as Veterans High School, between 1958 and 1964. Since 1964, it has served as the Armstrong Adult Education Center.[3] The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The Dorothy Height Charter School operated in the building until its charter was revoked in 2015.[6] It is currently functioning as an elementary public charter school under the name Friendship Armstrong Academy.



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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
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  5. ^ Louis R. Harlan, Raymond Smock, eds. (1972). "A Dedication Speech at Armstrong Manual Training School". The Booker T. Washington Papers: 1901-2. 6. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-00650-0.
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  7. ^ "Young Colored Radio Expert Gets Second Commercial Operator's License". The New York Age. 18 July 1925. Retrieved 30 December 1925. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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