Once Coolidge, on Fifth Street NW, was a beautiful, filled-to-capacity school with spacious rooms and soaring hallways decorated with marble and solid wood doors. The huge student theater had a state-of-the-art lighting panel.For more on the state of DC's public school buildings head on over to Fix Our Schools who do a great job of documenting physical plant problems.
Today the theater's curtains are ripped, the walls have long-standing water damage, and bulbs are missing from the panel. The theater conditions are symbols of the deterioration caused by years of neglect from officials who promised, over and over, to fix the problems but did too little, according to school staff members, parents and administrators.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Post on Calvin Coolidge Senior High School
The Washington Post continues its series of looking at the condition of DC's public schools. This time Calvin Coolidge Senior High School comes under the spot light.