Mayor Gray Celebrates Anacostia High Modernization Project

9/17/2012, 10:25 a.m.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray recently celebrated the final phase of the renaissance of the historic Anacostia High School, which now features state-of-the-art learning technology and community spaces.

Gray was also joined last week by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian J. Hanlon in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ward 8 school.

"The final phase of this modernization project brings together the pride and history of Anacostia High School with 21st century technology to provide students, educators, and this community with a vibrant learning facility," Gray said. "This investment in our students' learning environment reflects the renewed sense of value we're placing on education in the District of Columbia."

Phase II of the $62 million project completes the modernization of the 247,000 square-foot facility, which consists of an original building that was constructed in 1935 and three subsequent additions built in the 1940s, the 1950s and the 1970s. The project also features the modernization of classrooms and the addition of energy-efficient mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.

"Our design goal for Anacostia High School was to meticulously restore the exterior of the building to maintain its historic appearance, while simultaneously transforming the interior into a modern facility with state-of-the-art technology for students and teachers," said Lew.

A special feature of the new Anacostia High School is the cafeteria renovation that adds both floor space and ceiling height along with new skylights, a decorative stairwell open to the floor above and a mobile by artist Roberto Delgado (made possible through a grant from D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities D.C. Creates Public Art Program).

"It's a great day for Anacostia and DCPS. The final phase of all the tremendous work at Anacostia is an example of what we can do when we work together to help improve the quality of education for our students," said Chancellor Henderson. "This is the type of project that helps us move toward our vision of DCPS as a world-class school system where all students can grow, thrive and succeed."

The technology upgrades include state-of-the-art communications and information-technology systems to enhance the learning environment throughout the school as well as increased natural light, improved acoustics, interactive white boards and computer labs. The high school is completely ADA-accessible, and will be able to accommodate up to 1,200 students.