Spingarn High School
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Joel Elias Spingarn High School was a public high school located in the District of Columbia. The school is named after Joel Elias Spingarn (1875–1939) an American educator and literary critic who established (1913) the Spingarn Medal, awarded annually for outstanding achievement by an African American.
|Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School|
2500 Benning Road Northeast
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||District of Columbia Public Schools Ward 5|
|Faculty||43.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||538 (as of 2009-10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.51|
|Mascot||Might Green Wave|
Spingarn High School opened its doors in 1952, as a new and modern segregated High School for African American Students. The High School was the last segregated high school built in Washington, DC, just two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ended school segregation. Spingarn was considered one of the top black schools in the District.
Woodson Junior High School students were housed in Spingarn High School from 1962-1963.
Spingarn High School has one of DC's most impressive basketball histories and has produced well known players such as Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing and Sherman Douglass. Spingarn has played in more City Title games than all but one DC Public School and won in 1961, 1980, 1985 and 2000. The High School has also played in nine DCIAA title games and won consecutively for three years between 2000 and 2003.
- Elgin Baylor, a retired Hall of Fame American basketball player and former NBA general manager who played 13 seasons as a forward for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers.
- Dave Bing, a retired Hall of Fame American professional basketball player in the NBA, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975 and a former Mayor of Detroit from 2009 to 2013.
- John B. Catoe Jr., former general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
- Sherman Douglas, a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers from 1989 to 2001.
- Ollie Johnson, a retired American basketball player who was an All-American at the University of San Francisco and a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics.
- John Kinard, founding director of the Anacostia Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum
- Willie Royster, former MLB player for the Baltimore Orioles
- Stan Washington, retired NBA player for the Washington Bullets
- Clarence Musgrove former All-American athlete in track and field
- Michael Hinnant, former NFL player, inducted into the Temple University Hall of Fame
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- "Spingarn High's Title Wave Running Dry". Washington Post. January 23, 2004.