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First Class

The Legacy Of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School

By Alison Stewart, 1966-

Combining a fascinating history of the first U.S. high school for African Americans with an unflinching analysis of urban public-school education today, First Class explores an underrepresented and largely unknown aspect of black history while opening a discussion on what it takes to make a public school successful. In 1870, in the wake of the Civil War, citizens of Washington, DC, opened the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth, the first black public high school in the United States; it would later be renamed Dunbar High and would flourish despite Jim Crow laws and segregation. Dunbar attracted an extraordinary faculty: its early principal was the first black graduate of Harvard, and at a time it had seven teachers with PhDs, a medical doctor, and a lawyer. During the school’s first 80 years, these teachers would develop generations of highly educated, successful African Americans, and at its height in the 1940s and ’50s, Dunbar High School sent 80 percent of its students to college. Today, as in too many failing urban public schools, the majority of Dunbar students are barely proficient in reading and math. Journalist and author Alison Stewart—whose parents were both Dunbar graduates—tells the story of the school’s rise, fall, and possible resurgence as it looks to reopen its new, state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2013.

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Publish Date

2013

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9781613740095


Format: Book
Author: Stewart, Alison, 1966-
Summary: "An analysis of the first US high school for African Americans, the publication of which will coincide with the opening of the school's new facility"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: First class : the legacy of Dunbar, America's first Black public high school / Alison Stewart ; foreword by Melissa Harris-Perry.
Publisher Date: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, [2013]
Subject: Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.) -- History. High schools -- Washington (D.C.) African Americans -- Education -- Washington (D.C.) African Americans -- Education SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies. EDUCATION / Multicultural Education. HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Isbn: 9781613740095 (hardback) 1613740093 (hardback)
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Call Number: 373.753 Ste
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Bib Id: 442600

Format: Book
Author: Stewart, Alison, 1966-
Summary: "An analysis of the first US high school for African Americans, the publication of which will coincide with the opening of the school's new facility"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: First class : the legacy of Dunbar, America's first Black public high school / Alison Stewart ; foreword by Melissa Harris-Perry.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, [2013]
Description: xvi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.) -- History.
Subjects: High schools -- Washington (D.C.)
Subjects: African Americans -- Education -- Washington (D.C.)
Subjects: African Americans -- Education
Subjects: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies.
Subjects: EDUCATION / Multicultural Education.
Subjects: HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2013008818
ISBN: 9781613740095 (hardback)
ISBN: 1613740093 (hardback)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: 373.753 Ste