City Desk

These Colleges Don’t Live Here Anymore

Though we tend to think of the local collegiate landscape as fixed, the District’s institutions of higher learning have been in flux as long as such institutions have existed (as the recent news that George Washington will absorb the Corcoran College of Art + Design confirms). Schools swap out names (Gallaudet was the Kendall School, the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind, and the National Deaf Mute College before wisely settling on its current name); they occasionally move to Michigan (goodbye, Potomac University); and they get eaten up by other colleges. A dozen schools, some dating back to the 1820s, dot the family trees of more familiar universities like Georgetown. In honor of this week's Education issue, we salute D.C. colleges of yesteryear.


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  • Dodie Butler

    Two other bygone colleges that come to mind are Marjorie Webster Junior College and National Park Seminary.

  • Christopher Anglim

    UDC's David A. Clarke School of Law is the successor institution to Antioch School of Law, which later became the DC School of Law. DC School of Law then became the David A. Clarke School of Law, at UDC.

    Miner Teacher's College is the successor institution to Miner Normal School, which in turn, is the successor institution to a school originally named, "Miss Miner's School of Colored Girls."

    Wilson Teachers College is the successor institution to Wilson Normal School.

  • B

    Georgetown actually absorbed most of the all-women catholic Colleges in the city like Dumbarton College of the Holy Cross. The women became Hoyas and the land was later sold to Howard as the Howard School of Law.

    Are you an intern?