Frederick Douglass High School (Prince George's County, Maryland)

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Frederick Douglass High School
8000 Croom Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
United States
Coordinates 38°46′54″N 76°46′59″W / 38.78167°N 76.78306°W / 38.78167; -76.78306Coordinates: 38°46′54″N 76°46′59″W / 38.78167°N 76.78306°W / 38.78167; -76.78306
School type Public, high school
Founded 1934
School district Prince George's County Public Schools
Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell
Principal Eddie Scott
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,011
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Burgundy and Gold          
Mascot Eagles
Rival Gwynn Park High School
Feeder schools James Madison Middle School

Frederick Douglass High School, established in 1934 as Marlboro High School and renamed Frederick Douglass High School in 1935, is a public high school located in Croom, Maryland, with a mailing address of Upper Marlboro. It is a part of the Prince George's County Public Schools system and is named after the famous abolitionist, journalist, and orator, Frederick Douglass. The school is located at 8000 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. The current principal is Mr. Rudolph R. Saunders. The September 2009 student enrollment is approximate 1,081-students in grades nine through twelve. The school hours are from 7:45am until 2:25pm. There is a mandatory uniform policy in effect at Douglass. The school features an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) as well as a school-wide America's Choice School Design signature program.

Early history[edit]

Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) was the first high school for African-Americans in Prince George’s County. In 1922, Mr. Doswell E. Brooks, Supervisor of schools for African-American students, along with many community leaders, planned and raised money to build a high school. Mr. Sheldon Sasscer of Upper Marlboro offered the land for this structure. In September 1923, Marlboro High School opened its doors to African-American students of Prince George’s County. The school consisted of four classrooms where grades 8-11 were taught. This school was a joy for students who had previously traveled to Washington or Baltimore for their high school education. A new Marlboro High School was built in 1934 and was renamed Frederick Douglass High School, in 1935. The present Frederick Douglass High School was opened in 1959.[1]

Notable People[edit]

Lt. Col. Marion Anthony “Tony” Marshall, US Air Force - Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD, by his mother and sister, Marshall entered the US Air Force Academy in June of 1964. He eventually served two tours in Vietnam until being shot down on July 3, 1972, whereby he was captured by the NVA and imprisoned in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, until his release on March 29, 1973.

Karen Handel - Georgia Secretary of State, 2007-2010

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