Roosevelt Senior High School

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Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School, 13th St. in upper NW, Washington, D.C..jpg
Roosevelt Senior High School
4301 13th Street Northwest[1]
District of Columbia, DC, 20011
United States
Coordinates 38°56′36″N 77°1′41″W / 38.94333°N 77.02806°W / 38.94333; -77.02806Coordinates: 38°56′36″N 77°1′41″W / 38.94333°N 77.02806°W / 38.94333; -77.02806
School type Public high school
Established 1932
School district District of Columbia Public Schools Ward 4
Principal Ivor Mitchell
Faculty 66.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 428 (as of 2012-13)[3]
Student to teacher ratio 10.36[2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Orange
Mascot Roughriders

Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School is a public high school operated by the District of Columbia Public Schools in the Petworth neighborhood of Ward 4 neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. Roosevelt enrolls 428 students (2013-2014) in ninth through 12th grade.[3] Additionally, the high school is also home to Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. program, an alternative academic and career/technical program that leads to a high school diploma or vocational certificate.

In the early portion of the 20th century (and at a different location), the school was known as Business High School[citation needed]. The high school, located at 13th and Upshur Streets NW was built in 1932 to accommodate 1,200 students. It is currently undergoing a $121 million, two-year facility modernization.[4] The renovation is scheduled to be completed for the 2015-2016 academic year. During the renovation period, classes are being conducted at the MacFarland Middle School campus nearby at 4400 Iowa Avenue, NW.[3]

Uncovered New Deal Artwork[edit]

“The American Panorama,” a 1934 New Deal–funded fresco by the Baltimore-born artist Nelson Rosenberg,[5] was uncovered during renovation work in the cafeteria in fall 2013.[6] The fresco is currently being restored and will be incorporated into the final renovation.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Bill Smith, former MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Diane Rehm, 1954, American public radio talk show host
  • Phil Perlo, American football player
  • Sharon Pratt (née Sharon Pratt Kelly, Sharon Pratt Dixon), 1961 – DC politician (Mayor of DC, 1991 to 1995)
  • Carol Thompson Cole (née Carol Thompson), 1969 – DC public servant (First woman City Administrator, Deputy Mayor for Operations and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Mayor; and Director, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs)
  • Ralph A. Alpher, Ph.D., noted theoretical physicist and pioneer of big bang cosmology
  • Ullysses Tucker, Jr., former syndicated NBA columnist and host of Dialogue (KPTV 12, Portland, Oregon), one of the longest running minority affairs programs in the Pacific Northwest


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School; USGS; December 31, 1981.
  2. ^ a b National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 6, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Roosevelt High School Project". DC Department of General Services. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nelson Rosenberg". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Wiener, Aaron. "Rough Ride: Can a new building, redrawn boundaries, and a changing neighborhood transform D.C.'s struggling Roosevelt High School?". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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