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Mayor Gray, Congresswoman Norton and Other Guests Celebrate Opening of the New Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School

Friday, August 16, 2013
21st-Century School Celebrates the Past, Present, and Future Legacy of Dunbar
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Rob Marus (EOM) 202.727.6853; [email protected]
Darrell S. Pressley (DGS) 202.997.9017; [email protected]

Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie; D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson; Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian J. Hanlon; and past and present Dunbar students, faculty and staff will celebrate the official opening of the brand-new Dunbar Senior High School in Ward 5.

WHEN: Monday, August 19, 2013
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The New Dunbar Senior High School
101 N Street NW

BACKGROUND: The ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off a week of events to dedicate Dunbar’s new facility, which celebrates the past, present and future legacy of the historic school. Dunbar was the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. Inspired by the school's tradition of academic excellence, the new Dunbar was designed to ensure that every square foot of the building and the campus would support students’ education and foster a professional teaching community.

Mayor Gray will take a brief tour of the building following the ceremony, and members of the media are welcome to join. Starting Tuesday, August 20 and continuing each day of the dedication week, guided tours of the new building for Dunbar alumni will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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