Dunbar High School has a notable list of graduates, including the first black presidential Cabinet member, the first black general in the Army and several of the lawyers who argued the <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em> decision.
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Alison Stewart has hosted shows for PBS, MSNBC and ABC as well as NPR's <em>Ted Radio Hour </em>and <em>The Bryant Park Project</em><em></em>. <em>First Class</em> is her first book.
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The nation's first black public high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High, opened its doors in Washington, D.C., in 1870. But more than 140 years later, Dunbar — like many urban schools — has fallen on hard times. The crumbling, brutalist-style building is often described as a prison, and graduation rates hover around 60 percent.
But it wasn't always that way. Once upon a time, the yearbook read like a Who's Who of black America.