Welcome to this website for the alumni of The
Western High School in
Washington, D.C. The school's grand
building at 35th & R Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. is currently the home of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
The Western High School Alumni Association was formerly named The Western-Ellington Alumni Association, until the Duke Ellington School of The Arts formed its own alumni organization, which can be viewed at www.ellingtonschool.org .
Are you on Facebook? Search 'Western High School Alumni Group' and join us.
All who have attended Western are
urged to come in, look around, and learn a bit more about past and present
happenings at their old school, as well as about some of our more
prominent classmates. Check on reunion plans for your class. Leave a
message or query.
Western High School was established in 1890.
First classes were held in Curtis School at Potomac and O Streets in Georgetown,
with two teachers and 50 students.
In October 1897, the school moved to 35th and R Streets NW into what was then a new building. Over the years Western won a national reputation as a
school of academic excellence. By the mid 1970’s, however, a declining school age
population threatened closure of the majestic but aged building. A new
educational program exclusively for performing arts began to use some of the space available at Western.
When the DC School Board made the inevitable
decision to close Western with the class of 1977, the grand old building
became the home of Washington’s first public school program for the arts.
We welcome your contributions to this site as it
develops. We offer it as a place where alumni and those who value the memory of this
unique school can share experiences and keep in touch.