Mayor Bowser Cuts Ribbon on Modernized Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Having trouble viewing the video? Click here.
Today, Mayor Bowser cut the ribbon on the fully modernized Duke Ellington School of the Arts, located at 3500 R Street, NW. The Mayor was joined at the ribbon cutting by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Director of the Department of General Services Greer Johnson Gillis, co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz, and the Duke Ellington School Improvement Team (SIT), the Ellington Board, current and former students, and members of the community.
“While the main story at Duke Ellington continues to be the talent of the students and staff, we are thrilled to be able to welcome them back to school at this tremendous, state-of-the-art building,” said Mayor Bowser. “The beauty and amenities at the modernized Duke Ellington School of the Arts are unrivaled, and as a city, we are so proud to be able to support and celebrate some of our most talented young artists as they learn, grow, and hone their craft.”
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was established in 1974 by DC philanthropist and avid art collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz and choreographer, director, and teacher Mike Malone, and remains the sole DC public high school to offer a dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment. Prior to 1974, the building housed Western High School. The school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Students, who come from all eight wards, are admitted to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts through an audition and interview process. Majors offered at the school include: dance, instrumental music, literary media and communications, museum studies, technical design and production, theater, visual arts, and vocal music…..