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#TakeTwoKnees for Black Lives Matter

The String Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Heather Haughn, invited DESA’s musical partners to participate in a video for the #TakeTwoKnees Black Lives Matter campaign. The video includes students and faculty from Ellington; The Northwest School (Seattle); the Annapolis…

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Virtual Performances During COVID-19

“Like A Bridge’, Virtual Performance by Show Choir: Voices in Motion The Upper School Orchestra teams up with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra for a virtual performance of Reynard Burns’ Tango Loco Tango Loco from Duke…

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US News – Best High Schools in District of Columbia

Congratulations are in order for our students, faculty, families and staff! Once again, Duke Ellington School of the Arts has been recognized as a Top 5 District of Columbia high school by U.S. News & World Report! According to the…

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Tribute to three Ellington School giants

Last week the arts world lost a famed dancer/choreographer, an award-winning musician, and a visionary painter … among many cherished others. These three men – Louis Johnson, Wallace Roney and David Driskell – indelibly shaped not only the world of…

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Dave Chappelle & Friends – Back to School Master Class of A Lifetime

  After Dave Chappelle picked up his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from The Kennedy Center, he and his friends stopped by Duke Ellington School of the Arts to drop some gems. Check out the behind the scenes footage…

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Ellington Alumnus Wallace Roney, Intrepid Jazz Trumpeter, Dies From COVID-19 Complications At 59

Sadly we learned today that renowned Trumpeter/composer and Ellington Alum, Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of the Coronavirus. Mr. Roney was a superb bandleader mixing post-bop sensibilities with funk, fusion, and free jazz. When he entered the Duke…

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COVID-19 and School Prevention and Preparedness

DCPS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates – (Click here) At DC Public Schools (DCPS), we are committed to ensuring the well-being of our students. Communicating about issues that impact school communities is important to fostering strong partnerships with families, and we will continue to provide…

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Grammy-winning Ellington School alum Ben Williams uses art as form of protest

The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike was the last protest the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. orchestrated before his assassination April 4 of that year, and their slogan was, “I AM A MAN.”  More than 50 years later, Grammy-winning…

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Rethinking The Future Awards 2020

The Design-Build Team was challenged to transform this aging 1898 National Landmark through a comprehensive modernization into a world-class facility that finally matches the school’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier Arts High Schools.  The design finds the balance between…

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Gagosian Quarterly: Game Changer – Peggy Cooper Cafritz

In 1998, Duke Ellington School of the Arts co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz recruited Cullen Swinson to join the faculty. He served as Ellington’s first Dean of Humanities and Director of Academics, and currently serves as the English Studies department chair. …

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