Cardozo Education Campus

Coordinates: 38°55′19″N 77°01′42″W / 38.9219°N 77.0284°W / 38.9219; -77.0284
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Cardozo Education Campus
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
1200 Clifton Street Northwest[1]


United States
Coordinates38°55′19″N 77°01′42″W / 38.9219°N 77.0284°W / 38.9219; -77.0284
School typePublic high school
Established1928 (95 years ago) (1928)
School districtDistrict of Columbia Public Schools Ward 1
CEEB code090075
PrincipalArthur Mola
Faculty83.0 (as of the 2019-2020 school year) (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades6 to 12
Enrollment831 (as of SY2019-2020)[2]
Student to teacher ratio10.01[2]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Purple, white
Then-U.S. President George W. Bush helping to paint a mural of local landmark Ben's Chili Bowl with City Year Americorps members at Cardozo.

Cardozo Education Campus, formerly Cardozo Senior High School and Central High School, is a combined middle and high 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.

Central High School[edit]

The Advanced Grammar School for Boys was established in 1877 and then combined with a similar school for girls in 1882 to form Washington High School, the first high school in the city. In 1890, the High School was split into three, with one high school opened in the current Peabody Elementary School building on Capitol Hill and another in Georgetown in the Curtis Building. As a result, the Washington High School became known as Central High School.[4] In 1916, the school moved from Seventh and O to Thirteenth and Clifton.

Known locally as "the castle on the hill", Cardozo's building was designed by architect William B. Ittner, a school building architect. The building was dedicated on February 15, 1917.[5]

Cardozo Senior High School[edit]

Cardozo Senior High School was established in 1928. Originally located at Rhode Island Avenue and Ninth Street NW, it relocated to the Central High School building in 1950 and renamed.[6] Cardozo was assigned for "colored" students in the segregated system and became one of three black high schools in DC.

The U Street Metro station is partially named after this school, with "Cardozo" in the station's subtitle.[7] 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.[citation needed]

Until the 1954 opening of the all-black Luther Jackson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia,[8] Cardozo and several other DCPS schools, along with a school in Manassas, Virginia, enrolled black secondary school students from the Fairfax County Public Schools as that district did not yet operate secondary schools for blacks.[9]

The view from Cardozo's parking deck: Florida Ave and Howard University to the southeast and U Street to the south.


In December 2011, work began to completely renovate Cardozo. In all, the renovation cost approximately $130 million and the school reopened for a new school year in August 2013.[10] In addition to the physical changes to the building itself, the student body was increased with the addition of middle school students from the now-closed Shaw Middle School and the campus was renamed as Cardozo Education Campus.


Four different shootings happened on the school campus: the first on January 23, 1969 (1 dead, no injuries); the second on January 6, 1995 (1 dead, no injuries); the third on April 2, 2003 (1 injured, no deaths); and the fourth on September 22, 2006 (1 injured, no deaths).[11][12]

Notable alumni[edit]

Central High School

Cardozo Senior High

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Cardozo:

  • Marie Reed Elementary School
  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Garrison Elementary School
  • Raymond Education Campus
  • School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens
  • Seaton Elementary School
  • Ross Elementary School

The following middle schools feed into Cardozo:


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