An eight-foot-high fence surrounds the abandoned Armstrong High School in Washington, D.C. The school was founded in 1902 and was one of two public high schools for black students in Washington. Duke Ellington is one of Armstrong’s most famous students. Booker T. Washington gave the dedication.
He said, “In behalf of my race, I thank the public school authorities of the District of Columbia for their foresight in providing for the black children of Washington.”
The school became an adult education center in 1964 and closed in 1996. Since then, it has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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