Theodore Roosevelt High School (Washington, D.C.)

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Theodore Roosevelt High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School, 13th St. in upper NW, Washington, D.C..jpg
listed in the NRHP as "Roosevelt Senior High School"
Theodore Roosevelt High School is located in the District of Columbia
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School is located in the US
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Theodore Roosevelt High School
4301 13th Street Northwest[1]


United States
Coordinates38°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 typePublic high school
School districtDistrict of Columbia Public Schools Ward 4
Faculty66.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment600 (as of 2016–17)[3]
Student to teacher ratio10.36[2]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     Orange
MascotRough Riders

Theodore Roosevelt 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 668 students (2016–2017) 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. Just prior to the 2016-2017 academic year, it completed a $121 million, two-year facility modernization.[4] During the renovation period, classes were conducted at the MacFarland Middle School campus nearby at 4400 Iowa Avenue, NW.[5] The school campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Uncovered New Deal artwork[edit]

The American Panorama, a 1934 New Deal–funded fresco by the Baltimore-born artist Nelson Rosenberg,[6] was uncovered during renovation work in the cafeteria in fall 2013.[7] The fresco is currently being restored and will be incorporated into the final renovation.

Notable alumni[edit]

Classroom Scene Business High School Washington D.C.
Business High School classroom circa 1899.


  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 "Roosevelt High School". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Roosevelt High School Project". DC Department of General Services. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Nelson Rosenberg". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  7. ^ 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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