Black History Fun Fact Friday – The First Black Public High School

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In 1870, the first black public High School opened in Washington, D.C. or rather, the first recorded school (as I do not believe it was THE first. Just as Rosa Parks was not the first to refuse to give up her seat on a bus, there is a lot of things that just aren’t recorded).

The Preparatory High School for Colored Youth (renamed in 1916 to M Street Public School when its location was changed from M Street), was founded in the basement of Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church by William Syphak, the first chair of the Board of Trustees of the Colored Public Schools in the District of Columbia. According to Dr. Thomas Sowell in an article written last year (100 Years After Dunbar), in 1899, when it was called “the M Street School,” a test was given in Washington’s four academic public high schools, three white and one…

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