Historic Dunbar High School

Chevy Chase Library

Historic Dunbar High School

America's first black high school

Cover image for First class : the legacy of Dunbar, America's first Black public high schoolD.C.'s Dunbar High School has had a remarkable number of distinguished graduates and faculty. Now through the end of February, the Chevy Chase Branch Library is featuring a display of books and information about some of these remarkable people.

For example, did you know that Dunbar graduates and faculty have included...
  • The "Dean of Black Business": H. Naylor Fitzhugh
  • The "Man Who Killed Jim Crow": Charles H. Houston
  • The "Martin Luther King of Music": James Reese Europe
  • The "Father of Black History Month": Carter G. Woodson
  • The surgeon who changed the way blood plasma is stored: Charles Drew
  • The first African American to serve as territorial governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands: William Hastie
  • The first African American to hold a cabinet level position in the US government: Robert Weaver
And many more amazing people! 

Come learn about this fabulous bit of DC history! And be sure to pick up a copy of Alison Stewart's book First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar High School, America's First Black Public High School.