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Coordinates: 38°56′58″N 77°04′39″W 38.949497, -77.0774174


Woodrow Wilson High School

  • Address: 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20016
  • Phone:
    • (202) 282-0120
    • (202) 282-0077 (fax)
  • Website: [1]
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Woodrow Wilson High School was built on a patch of land acquired in 1930, known by the neighboring Tenleytowners as "French's Woods". In March 1934, the DC commissioners awarded the contract to build Wilson to the lowest bidder, McCloskey and Co of Philadelphia. Built for a total cost of $1,250,000, Wilson opened its doors to students on Monday, September 23, 1935, with 640 sophomores and juniors. Many students transferred to Wilson from Central and Western. Western had been running double shifts (9am to 5pm) to accommodate the students from the Wilson neighborhoods. Woodrow Wilson High School graduated 290 students in the new school's first Spring commencement exercises, on June 23, 1937. The class President was Robert Davidson. However, there was an earlier February graduation class, with Chester Moye, President. [1]

The first principal was Norman J.Nelson, who had previously been the Assistant Principal at Western. [1]

Dr. Stephen P. Tarason became the school's 11th principal in January 1999, when he succeeded Dr. Wilma Bonner. Upon Dr Tarason's departure to become a middle school principal in Hagerstown, Maryland, Mrs. Jacqueline Williams became Interim Principal in 2007. In 2008, Mr. Pete Cahall, a former teacher and administrator with the MCPS system, was selected as the new principal. [1]

Wilson is currently undergoing renovations during the school year 2010-2011. It is estimated that the renovations will be complete by August 2011. For the school year 2010-2011 the students of Wilson are placed in a temporary space at the University of the District of Columbia. [1]

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