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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Cuts Ribbon on Phase II of the Anacostia High School Modernization Project

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Cuts Ribbon on Phase II of the Anacostia High School Modernization Project

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Cuts Ribbon on Phase II of the Anacostia High School Modernization Project

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today 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. Mayor Gray was also joined by Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, DC 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,” Mayor 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 City Administrator 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 DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities DC 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.

“Anacostia High School is now an educational campus that showcases the history of this community through the restoration of its buildings, state-of-the-art technology, energy efficiency, and modern art created by students and guidance from members of this community,” said DGS Director Hanlon.

The final stage of the project includes the demolition of the 1970s building on the north side of the campus, construction of a new parking lot and green space.

Other Phase 2 design features at Anacostia High School include:

• In total (Phase 1 + Phase 2), 50 new classrooms with six new science labs, six computer labs, 40 offices and numerous specialized spaces to support the schools various student programs.

• Fully refurbished auditorium equipped with modern theater technologies and 5,600 square feet of nearby practice space for the performing arts (band, chorus, and theatre).

• State-of-the-art media center/library – also with new skylights, an open exposed-structure design and a media production lab with 18 new computers.

• A new parent resource center, child-care center, and health/dental suite to provide services to the community as well as the students.

Phase 1 features include: a fully renovated gymnasium, renovated weight room, fitness room and training room outfitted with brand new equipment. In addition, the modernized school has a series of decorative art panels lining its corridors created by students with the guidance of local artist Sheila Crider, a Ward 8 resident.