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Current Status Report for Woodson, H.D. Senior High School

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December 13, 2004 - 10:42 am

I can not believe this. I was a student at H.D. Woodson. I brag to my kids all the time, about how much fun we had at Woodson. We were like family. I would hope that one day my kids could have the same experience with the schools that they attend now. It is obvious that there's a problem here in Washington, D.C. But, the question is who is going to fix it.

—(Graduate of H.D. Woodson)

December 27, 2004 - 1:24 pm

The builing was in this shape when we first got there. They think we aren't important but we need a better enviorment to recieve our education

—Gabrielle Martin (current student)

January 25, 2005 - 11:18 pm

The Washington Post. January 25, 2005. Metro in Brief. "A steam pipe burst at Woodson, in Northeast Washington, causing a flood and forcing administrators to send students home, said Roxanne Evans, spokeswoman for the D.C. public schools. Officials said Woodson will reopen today." (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33964-2005Jan24_2.html)

—Ed Dixon (District resident)

August 24, 2005 - 9:11 am

Woodson is like home, when I was going there it was the best. I would dream of going to another school. I felt safe. Now old teachers are leaving and things aren't the same. Woodson had quality and I will always love my woodson.

—(Graduate)

December 4, 2005 - 5:58 pm

I'm a graduate of Woodson, class of '96. I also taught at Woodson in the '02-'03 school year. Conditions at the school were bad when I was a student, when I was a teacher, some of the conditions were horrific. Schools have not been the priority for far too long. Something must be done.

—(graduate/former teacher)

May 25, 2006 - 9:00 pm

Woodson My Woodson what is going on.

—NAtisha Moses(Kitt) (Class of 1996)

July 21, 2006 - 4:27 pm

As a member of the first 3 years class of 1976, I will do anything 2 help . . .

—Frank Giles (Former student)

August 1, 2006 - 1:30 am

Woodson is a excellent school to recieve a education at,but the structure itself is terrible.Hopefully the school will get repaired soon.

—Chistine Hall (Current student)

September 26, 2006 - 4:56 pm

I am and will always be very proud former student of Woodson. My father also attended the first graduating class (76). To hear of the current condition of Woodson disheartens me. To be one of the youngest built schools in the district and yet be in that condition shows how much our government values our kid's education. What can be done? If our kids don't feel good about the place they're in to get their education how can they feel good about where their education will take them...?

—Ree (Graduate of 96)

December 22, 2006 - 11:28 pm

I am the mom of two current Business & Finance Academy students, a magnet program which is housed in HD. This is my eldest daughter's Sr. year and when she got there in 10th gr. I must say, it was, as most DCPSs are, an eyesore and still is! I was not pleased with DCPS's curriculum then, and was very grateful for what B&F had to offer. Although the curriculum was different, and the two are pretty much separate entities, the physical condition of the building is something common that the two schools have in common.

Something major has to be done in the Community, as I have recently seen McKinley Tech and it is being run back down by the day. These children deserve better learning conditions; however, IMO, it is a lot that can be contributed to the circumstances the youth come from(attending run down schools as long as they can remember, violent & tragic homelife & communities,etc). You can not just put nice new fixtures in place and expect these children to WANT to take care of it! Nevertheless, STANDARD REPAIRS and an environment condusive to learning sometime in the near future would be greatly appreciated!

—(mother of two students)

August 17, 2007 - 10:24 am

The need to take action is not always in the pen its in fighting for what you need and want. Go back to the way things used to be and watch what happens. Boycott things and they will give you what you want and need. I have learned that if you figth as Dr King did, you will move the government to do what you need them to do, but make sure you do it in a loving way not a violent way. Peacefully declare your stand with the city of DC school board also find out who your district Reps and Candidates are. Then let them know if we dont get what we need we will see to it that you are not elected again EVER! You will be surprised how quick they move. Class of 1995

—Tillman White (THE SINGER)

August 30, 2007 - 2:00 pm

my school still has been no repairs, the water fountains dont work, the escalators are getting repaired but i dont see any work bein done, the ceilings are still falling apart,water is leaking from everywhere, its just sad and it hurts....

—Rachel Harrison (student)

September 19, 2007 - 6:26 pm

I taught at Woodson in the 03/04 and 04/05 school years. I currently teach in Loudoun County VA. The differences in schools is unbelievable, and quite frankly, depressing. I was in shock my first year in Loudoun at how clean and nice everything was, and how quickly things were repaired. I can recall about 6-8 times at Woodson in which classes had to be cancelled because of leaky pipes or broken heating, and about another 12-15 times that school wasn't cancelled, but the learning environment was disrupted to the point no learning could take place due to building issues. How can kids be expected to receive an equal education if they miss 10% or more of their school year due to building issues? Another issue that astounded me was the lack of technology at Woodson. At my years in Woodson, the internet did not work except in the administrators offices. I was told each week during my two years that it would be fixed in a week or two. I found out towards the end of my time there that the internet didn't work because DCPS was so far behind on the bill that verizon has disabled the internet (can't verify this-but I have no reason to doubt it). I did have 5 computers in my room (donated from companies), but they varied in degrees of operability. I learned that DCPS had 3 people in the whole school district in charge of maintaining computers in schools. In Loudoun, I have 3 just in my school! And the county employs many more to deal with bigger issues. How are schools supposed to prepare students for the future if they lack access to basic technology?

—(former teacher)

October 23, 2007 - 1:40 pm

This is a crying shame I graduated from H.D.Woodson Senior High School. When I was going there 83-86 it was better then, it was a and some of my teachers are still teachers there and my gym teacher is the principal now. So you know what they have been through. But what I don't understand is how can they let this happen to our future doctors and lawyers. If they knew that it was not ike that then why let it go down like this. (HORRIBLE)You got writing on the walls every where. OH no lets get to this the SECURITY GUARDS there is no better they stink meaning they talk to the kids and some they fuss and cuss at. The kids run, holler stand and cuss in the hallway SECURITY is just sitting around eating and talking, So I say that to say the mess is all through the school and my child goes there it is a crying shame (AGAIN) but not for long.

—(class of 86, daughter of 07, daughter go there now)

October 24, 2007 - 5:51 pm

I am an alumnus of H. D. Woodson High School, Class of 1986. It was both a privledge and an honor to attend such a school in those days. H. D. Woodson was known for it's outstanding academics, business and leadership, and let's not forget the undeniable sportsmanship. What Happened???? We need to resolve these issues and reinvest in the future of our children by investing in quality schools.

—Pamela L. Taylor (Graduate)

January 3, 2008 - 10:04 am

I have two child that go to HD Woodson I think that the children that attend woodson should help rebluid this school

—(parent)

March 7, 2008 - 9:00 am

I'm a current teacher. I see all the great things the school could be and my heart aches for what it actually is. I hope that the new school has as many wonderful things to offer as the current. ie. Olympic Pool, Bank, Greenhouse, Auditorium, Gym,etc. only to name a few great things her

—(Teacher)

March 7, 2008 - 11:55 am

I am a former graduate of Woodson, class of 92'. My son currently attends Woodson, and he tells me about all the issues at the school. Everyone keep talking about the school closing and being rebuilt, and I am curious to know when is this suppose to take place. I hope the parents are not informed at the last minute. Do any body know how soon this is suppose to take place?

—(Graduate of 92)

March 15, 2008 - 3:35 pm

It's the lack of leadership that has driven that educational establishment to the ground.I used to eat, drink, and sleep H.D. Now all I have is fond memories of what was.

—Graduate 1984 (Graduate 1984)

March 16, 2008 - 5:28 pm

It is a shame to see a school such as Woodson go down to nothing.When Lucille Christian was at the helm(principal), that building was not in such terrible appearance. The students grades and test scores reflected suck. A child working in such inhumane working conditions reflects morale ect. This situation needs to be abated immediatly.I can't believe my eyes. I am ashamed to inform my peers that I graduated from Woodson in 1984.This place needs HELP!!

March 24, 2008 - 12:04 pm

I'm a former two sport star (Class of 1991) who has over the years become more and more upset with the way my school has fallen,I remember and can still her the band mighty and strong playing those hits from the 70's. 80's and 90's the fooball and track teams winning championships, they soon will be no more, this hurts. I have lost my Taft Junior High and next will be my high school.

—EK

March 25, 2008 - 12:25 pm

As a former student of HD, I'm totally disappointed with the condition my school is in. My last visit there in '05 was a shocker. I saw the "Tower of Power" literally falling to pieces. This isn't a proper learning environment nor is it safe. We wonder why the generation today is where it is today. Just as adults, children respond to consistancy and actions. In this case, the actions of our officials are not consistant when it comes to making our schools top priority. Therefore, the students feel that they're not top priority. I'm going to make it my goal to find a way to help in making Woodson a safe learning environment for students and teachers. Also, it should be a place where good memories are made. I know I have plenty of great memories that I'm sharing with my kids to this day. It's definitly time for change. Our kids deserve the BEST!

—N.Muse aka Yummy (c/o '95)

March 25, 2008 - 12:34 pm

I am quite disturb with the lack of support from the school board to furnish the needs of a well establish and unique institution as Woodson. As an alumni of Class of 95, I participated in many activities. On occassional visits to the school, my heart ached to see the school that I enjoyed and received a good foundation to my career is crumbling and soon demolish. The board is loosing its focus which is to build a nation of black youth with the knowledge and instituion to cherish the moments and share memories with their families. Fenty and other before him thanks for doing NOTHING!

The tower soon will be down but the Warrior is still within.

—-Nitabo

March 26, 2008 - 3:21 pm

It is completely heart breaking to see the distruction of one of DC's most unique High Schools. Is this how we treat treasures? I am also an alumni of "THE TOWER OF POWER" and it hurts to see the place that help develop so many young black minds with such programs as Council Of Student Officers, AlPHA OMEGA( turning young black boys to men), Future Leaders of America, and the predominant Business and Finance program that gave alot of young black adults a headstart into america's workforce turn into a wasteland. My message to Fenty is "Don't judge a book by its cover". HD started and housed these programs. That school is a piece of DC history. Take time out to reinstate and stand behind programs like these instead of taking them away and leading our future into the dark.

April 5, 2008 - 8:07 pm

To all Woodson alumni: When is the last time you've been to Woodson? With all due respect, trust me, a current teacher, you would be greatly saddened to see the terrible condition of the building. Structurally, Woodson is not safe to work in. The air quality is terrible, there are floods from bursting pipes almost every week, the escalators no longer work, the elevators are semi-death traps, and everything inside is old, outdated, or not working. It's a miracle the excellent staff is able to keep going. Woodson's memory is precious, but the reality of today is far from it. Most teachers who have taught at Woodson many years ago and returned within the last few years, or have children, relatives, or have gone to Woodson themselves, know that Woodson's legacy will remain but it definitely is not alive and thriving today.

—(Teacher)

April 9, 2008 - 11:08 am

I can not believe the Tower of Power look this way. As a graduate of the Class of 1978, the students and teachers were proud to be WARRIORS. Over the past five years I have visited the school and I was shocked to find the school in such bad condition. I recently attended the last Homecoming game that this Woodson would have and I was saddened by the SPIRIT of the students at what would be the last homecoming game of what was a good school. Back in the day Homecoming was something big, the school spirit was high and every one was excited. I just pray that the spirit of the 1970's resonate in the new HD Woodson that will be built. I also hope that the new HD WOODSON have the proper DECORUM from days of old. That was something that the late Mr. Curry instilled in the students from the 70's. There need to be more educators like the late Mr. Curry, Ms. Whitfield, and Ms. Christian just to name a few. I there was a clone of Ms. Princess Whitfield the new HD WOODSON would be a STAR!!!! I will forever hold the memories of my years as a WARRIOR from 75-78 very close to my heart.

—Graduate (Class of 1978)

April 15, 2008 - 9:36 pm

It is a shame to see that no attention has been given to H.D. over the years. With more people moving into the District, one would think that with the additional revenue from property taxes, the government could have allocated more to the school system. If the government can find over $600 million dollars to build a stadium for a loosing baseball team, Iím sure that if they want to, funds can be found to get our schools in order. I think the city would benefit more by investing in producing thousands of productive young citizens than producing thousands of booing fans.

Let us not allow the current conditions of the Tower of Power to take away our Warrior Pride. As an alumnus from the Class of 1987, I am sure that not one of us have any regrets regarding the experiences we had at H.D. The reason why H.D. is in the condition itís in now is because it has given so much to everyone that has had the honor to work and be educated there over the years, that it needs to be reconditioned. Not to mention the lack of urgency from the ďpowers that beĒ to fix the needed repairs. The sad part is, as I drive around the city, I see several schools that should be placed on a condemned list. And some wonder why some of todayís youth are not inspired to go to school.

Now that there are plans to rebuild H.D (I used the word rebuild because nothing can knock us down), letís recall all the good times we had there. All the friends we made and the faculty that challenged us to be great. The original H.D. will be remember for being a force not to be messed with. With an award winning band, and championship winning sports teams (way to go Lady Warriors on your 2008 title), H.D. set a standard of excellence that continues to be challenged by the other high schools in the District.

So though it may sadden us all to see our school leave us for a while, the rebirth of H.D. will only recondition our spirit and strengthen our pride. I donít know about you, but I canít wait!

—Corey W (Class of 1987 - Former Student Government Presidnet)

May 6, 2008 - 10:09 am

I graduated from H.D. Woodson in 1975. I was and still am a proud WARRIOR. I was inside the school last week and was very disappointed in what I saw.

Woodson will be demolished next month. There are plans in the works to celebrate Woodson.

There is a planning/organization meeting each Thursday at 6:30 pm, in the school auditorium. There are plans for a Pep Rally, Gala, Talent Show, Game, Picnic, etc.

Come out and celebrate the Woodson you remember. The festivities will be June 5-8.

Pass the word to all H.D. Woodson alumni.

May 13, 2008 - 3:59 pm

I am an alum of HD and was a flag twirler there. I had driven my daughter there to see my high school and was totally disappointed in what I saw. We had the best Marching Band, Football Team, Year Book staff and great administrators. Ms. Whitfield, Ms. Christian, Ms. Betancourt to name a few. The Tower of Power will surely be missed.

Alum, class of 1981

—(Alum)

May 15, 2008 - 4:00 pm

A new school is coming in 2009/2010. No worries. The current structure is being demolished this summer. It will be the nicest building in all of Southeast.

May 16, 2008 - 1:06 am

I am a alumni of Woodson. I love my school anyone can tell you how much. I was also the 10th anniversary homecoming queen and I took pride in that. I recently went back to the school and my heart sank. I could not believe the devastation. I know they are tearing down the school and that breaks my heart as well, that the Tower will be no more. Well at least I have my memories, but it shouldn't have come to this! Anyway, I hope all will come out to show there support June 5-8 for the celebration! Pass it on and let's show the current students what pride and school spirit is all about! Hope to see you all there!

—Brenda Thomas (Greenwood) (Class of '83)

May 19, 2008 - 8:55 am

I'm an alumnus of H.D. Woodson High School, Class of 1974. I mistakenly came across this website about the conditions and was appalled at what I read. It is so sad that we've allowed the "Tower of Power" the "Red, Black & Green" to now be portrayed in this manner because no one cares. My heart aches because Woodson was the state-of-the-art high school in the District of Columbia and now the disaray and numerous problems from lack of and nonresponse by those in the position to make change has gone to the wayside. It is disheartening to say the least....!!!

—Denise Dorsey (Watkins) ([Class of '74])

May 27, 2008 - 1:27 am

I AM A H.D. WOODSON ALUMINI. I AM SORRY THAT THEY WILL BE DEMOLISHING THE SCHOOL. WOODSON WAS ONE OF THE ONLY SCHOOL IN DC THAT HAD ELEVATORS AND ESCALATORS FOR STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL DURING THE TIME I ATTENDED WAS GREAT. I HOPE THAT THEY REPLACE ALL THE ACTIVITIES THAT WE HAD : INSIDE POOL, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADERS, ECT.

—TAWANNA COLE (ALUMNI)

May 30, 2008 - 1:58 pm

What has happened to MY school? The Might Tower of Power?! I cannot believe what I am hearing! I am sorry to say I have not visited my alma mater in many years. However, I have taken each of my children by to view that awesome structure. In addition,I encouraged my younger cousin to attend HD. I was a student in the class of '83. Then, H.D.Woodson and the "Woodson Way" was a force to be reckoned with. We were like a family - students, teachers and staff. We took great pride in our school. In the Washington DC area, saying you went to HD meant something! I have spoken of this pride over and over throughout the years. My experience at Woodson made me the person I am today and I will always treasure the time I spent there. As sorry as I am to see the Tower go, I also want her to be rebuilt to become what whe was in the past. You see H.D. Woodson is far more than mortar and brick. She has a spirit that can never die. We as alumn just have to assure that the spirit of the Mighty Tower of Power lives on. Mr. Curry, Ms. Christian, Ms. Whitfield just to name a few, instilled in us what it truly means to be a Woodson Warrior. Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior!

—Theresa (Crawford) Fewell (Former Student - Class of '83)

June 3, 2008 - 4:10 pm

HD WOODSON CLOSING CELEBRATION INFO:

Fri, June 13th

Pep Rally & Student vs. Alumni

Boys & Girls Basketball Games

6:30 -11:00pm

Cost: $5.00

Sat, June 14th

Cook-Out & Alumni vs. Student

Football Game

1:00 - 6:00pm

Cost: $15.00

(includes food & drinks

catered by Famous Daveís)

—(96 Alumni)

June 9, 2008 - 2:39 pm

I, an alumni of the Tower of Power, can not believe that the school looks like this - but it is not just HD. I was proud of the Tower of Power - even though it is going to be demolished and rebuilt with only three floors - it is the TOWER OF POWER to me. We were and are the only school that has three school colors - red, black and green - we are the famous WARRIORS who was know for the band, male chorus, football, basketball, baseball, swimming and track team just to mention a few.

—Jill (Porter) Durham (Class of '79)

June 12, 2008 - 4:11 pm

I am an Alumni of H.D. Woodson and no matter where I went in the World I always had my memories of H.D. Woodson. I loved being in the band there (Mr. Hankerson taught us well) and the teachers did care. The spirit of H.D. will be with me always.

—A. Garnett (Alumni ('84))

June 12, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Please post contact info. on the H.D. closing celebration.

Thanks.

June 13, 2008 - 7:40 am

I am writing this with great difficulty, I am a graduate of HD's class of 1981. I remember how much pride I had when someone would ask what school I attended "HD The Mighty Tower of Power" with a smile. Now hearing after all these years that the school is going to be demolished is like getting the news that a close friend has passed away. What sadness. Back then the students cared about their school and the teachers cared about their students. (I love you Mrs. Poles) Ask anyone who attended in the early years when the school stood tall and strong and I bet they will all say..I loved my school. It was the best school in DC and the envy of all at one point. I am proud still to this day, but very disappointed that the school was allowed to deteriorate to it's present condition. HD Woodson Class of 1981..I love you all!

—Barbara (Blake) Garrison (Alumni - Class of 1981 )

June 15, 2008 - 10:25 pm

I would just like to say thanks to everyone who came out and said goodbye to Woodson this weekend. As far as I saw everyone had a very good time remembering our school.It was very nice to see everyone again and hopefully we can keep in touch. It was a very beautiful event.

—Aisha Demus (Class of 96)

June 24, 2008 - 10:56 am

It is with great sadness that the mighty TOWER OF POWER will crumble. However, HD have given me great memories, in fact the CLASS of 1978 had its 30th CLASS REUNION this weekend June 20th-22nd,2008. The feeling of family we had from our classmates 30 years ago was echoed as we greeted each on Friday night at our meet-n-greet. ONCE A WARRIOR, ALWAYS A WARRIOR. There is a lot of PRIDE in being a WARRIOR, the true RED, BLACK, and GREEN, not to mention THE WOODSON WAY!!!. To the CLASS OF 1978 I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

June 25, 2008 - 6:36 pm

I am so sorry that I missed all the recent activities to commemorate the closing of the Tower. I am a '77 graduate, the first class that attended all three years. I was one of the first flag twirlers in the band, along with Felicia, Carla, Gail, Venida, Annette, Linda and others. We were awesome, so was the band, majorettes and cheerleaders. We didn't know it then, but we were leaders. It is a shame that the school is closing but what really hurts me is the demise of the neighborhood in general during the late '80s, and throughout the 1990s. Crack cocaine and crime and other drugs devestated the community-there is no other way to describe it. The school, teachers, students, etc., didn't stand a chance to learn in a good positive environment. But I will never forget the school song, the spirit, the education, the teachers and friends. I even remember flagtwirler routines #2 & 4!! Keep the faith and the memories.

—Jackie Coleman Young (alumna-class of 1977)

June 30, 2008 - 1:43 am

I am so sad to find out that the mighty Tower will be torn down. When Woodson was built, it was considered state of the art. I have such fond memories. I was a member of the first graduating class in 1974. I still remember Mr. Napoleon Lewis our principal and several of the great teachers there. The DC School Board and the city should be ashamed to have let this model school get into such disrepair. I will always remember our school spirit and the friends I had there. What a shame! :(

—Marcia T, Johnson (student first graduating class of 1974)

July 1, 2008 - 9:57 pm

The Tower was the greatest school there ever was.I'll always remeber the Tower as the tallest high school ever.I will always be proud to be a warrior.

Warrior 4 Life.

Joseph Brown '96 aka J. Babby

July 1, 2008 - 10:33 pm

After reading several entries on this page, I must say itís apparent to anyone who visits this site that Woodson Warriors share a deep and abiding love for The Tower of Power! The building itself is just that Ė a building. But, remember Warriors, we also share memories, lessons and friendships that will last our lifetimes. So, on this note Ė letís celebrate. On behalf of the Class of 1974 (the first class), I extend warm greetings to you all and invite you to share in next yearís festivities as we come together to celebrate our 35th Year Class Reunion. Weíre also searching for Class of 1974 alumni. Please email your contact info to Hdwoodson1974@aol.com and weíll be in touch. Love and Peace, Warriors! Donna Dorman Harris, Class of 1974.

—Donna Dorman Harris (alumni)

July 24, 2008 - 12:03 am

Okay, wow......that's about all I can say about the current condition of HDW. I just find it both imposible and sickening that those accountable, have let things come to this.

Like most of you here, I too am an alumni (class of '86)and I can tell you now, that under Mr. Curry's watch, this COULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. This is the same man who would tell any of us, "My pen wrote you in here and it can write you out too". Or when he offered a reward to ANYONE knowing the identity of "88 FINGERS ED (EDDIE)" who took it upon himself to tag the mighty Tower of Power.

I bet you if they started firing everyone responsible (from the top on down) there would be no excuses or passing of the buck.

Wake up, and vote........from your national elections down to your local city elections.

—Bernadette (Jones) Walker (1986 Alumni)

August 16, 2008 - 11:12 pm

I ATTEND H.D WOODSON AND I WISH DAT THEY WOULD LET US HELP REBUILD OUR SCHOOL!I STARTED ATTENDINH HD MY 10TH GRADE YEAR AND EVEN THO IT WAS BEYOND WORDS{DA HEAT,DA AIR}IM STILL PROUD 2 SAY IM A LADY WARRIOR AND I ATTENDEED WOODSON SHS{CLASS OF 2010 ..BYE

August 19, 2008 - 10:13 am

Although 'they' should be held accountable for the condition of the school, 'they' have also been forced to hire a large security staff to man a security checkpoint that puts some airports to shame. Have any of you seen this? Perhaps if parents would start being parents and control their kids and teach them that it isn't okay for them to kill each other then the school system could use more money for repairs and less money for the police force.

August 19, 2008 - 5:58 pm

Man who cares whats people think about woodson,,,why not wait until the class of 09 graduate before they knock it down...they should have knocked it down after 09 because it will give the class of 2010 a new start a fletcher-johnson..

—Balls (class of 09...we da best)

September 5, 2008 - 10:02 am

Great kids at an even greater school, but not enough great kids to keep it a great school.

—LeVar Fleming (Graduated 08)

September 19, 2008 - 4:20 pm

during my time in the old Kelly Miller aka "the University," I remember the days when my track teammates and I had to train on the woodson track... we would see the football team practice, which the coach led the team to an undefeated season in 1994, the city's greatest marching band doing their thing on the track... and the meets the DCIAA held on this track through the years... during that year, KMU won the boys east title on this track. If it wasn't for the help of the Warrior track team, we wouldn't have won. Really, I've always wanted to be a part of the "TOP." I faced the tower itself and say "I will be here next year and run track for them bacause of the hard training that I went through with them." To coaches Mr. Russell and Mr. Faxio, thanks for the training... and forgot to mention, Mr. Wilson (the former KMU coach and I would guess HD staff) and if you were still there to see the Tower go down.. I'm sorry to hear that this great landmark of the city is going to be transformed from a 9 story tower building a 3 story annex building. I don't care that Dunbar HS remains as the tallest high school in DC, but it will never replace the "TOP"

—CLINTON MERCER (former DC resident and student of Kelly Miller JHS)

November 5, 2008 - 1:18 pm

I am a former student of H.D. and I have to say that being at that school was the best years of my life as a teenager. The faculty was off the hook and they cared. There has been times that I talk to my highschooler and tell him how fun high school should really be. The opportunities there was endless; from the sorority (Sigma Rho), to the choir, the basketball team, football team and don't forget the swimming team, the school and the students took pride in everything that represented the "Tower of Power". It has been 18 years since I have lived in D.C because of the military, but when I would go home to visit, I would always like to ride by the school. Although it is being rebuilt, it will never be the same. Much Love to all alumni and faculty.

—Katina L. (Randolph) Wilson (Alumni - 1990)

November 8, 2008 - 5:19 pm

The new and improved Woodson SHS will stand out. It will be the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) public school. Pretty much all STEM schools are private schools for the well to do. LEED Gold means the school is a green built, healthy environment for our kids. If the mayor is telling the truth, this will be a great, great benefit for the kids. Its about time.

November 24, 2008 - 1:29 pm

I am a student at H.D Woodson located now at Fletcher Johnson. I feel as though that they should have probably rebuilt the school a long time ago. I am in the 11th grade and my first year at Woodson was so fun, crazy, and speacial it is something that i would not ever forget despite the school not having no heat or air it was still okay to me. When i heard that Woodson was getting rebuild i was sad but it did need the work. I was so sad and i was like why all of a sudden when im here at Woodson, why all of a sudden they wanna close it down and rebuild it when i having fun? But now whenever i go pass the school it just bring back memories. It may not look the same now but you still cant forget the "Tower Of Power" I will the graduating class of 2010 and ill never forget Woodson

—Evita D. (11th grade student)

December 26, 2008 - 9:43 am

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H D Woodson Senior High School Alumni coming together to reconnect with friends and teachers to help support the WARRIOR legacy forever.

—W B Frazier

March 19, 2009 - 5:48 pm

I am proud to be a "WOODSON WARRIOR" Class of '81. It disheartens me to see the place where education and a sense of pride was instilled in so many young minds reduced to a pile of rubble. HD was the place where I learned the meaning of the word "decorum". Mr. Curry, Ms. Christian & Mrs. Whitfield were icons of education, role models and parents to many of us. The state of the public schools in the "Nations Capitol" are a disgrace. It shows how very little the politicians of DC think of the youth of this city. Who do they think will be running this city and country in a few years? They are ensuring that it is not us.

—Dietra Knight (Class of 1981)

April 30, 2009 - 10:33 pm

This is a disgrace and a horrible waste of resources. I graduated in '75 and have great memories. This has happened because the neglect, mismanagement and ineptitude of the DC schools administration. The maintenance of this building was beyond the budget and ability of the DCPS. This school system has been wasting money for years!!

—N Wilson

 


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