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Vince Gray Cuts Ribbon on New Dunbar High School, Including Academy Named After Him

While questions persist about whether Mayor Vince Gray will face charges related the 2010 shadow campaign to elect him, the administrators at Dunbar High School, at least, aren't expecting Gray to be disgraced any time soon.

Gray, part of the Dunbar class of 1959, returned to his alma mater this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the sharp new campus. Along with its new pool, gym, and common area, the redesigned school features four academic groupings, including the Vincent C. Gray Ninth Grade Leadership Academy.

"All I can is 'Wow, we are here,'" Gray told an audience in the school's new theater.

The last incarnation of Dunbar High School, built in 1976, still stands next to the new school, and it figured prominently in the day's speeches. Department of General Services Director Brian Hanlon joked about selling tickets to its eventual demolition, while city administrator Allen Lew talked about the mayor's anguish over the now-empty building.

“I think the mayor got really emotional about how the original school was torn down and replaced with this thing that looks like a prison," Lew said.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    What will they call it after he is indicted?

  2. #2

    CONGRATULATIONS, MAYOR GRAY.
    YOU WERE AN EXCELLENT STUDENT AT DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL AND YOU HAVE BEEN AN EXCELLENT MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, DC.
    YOUR PARENTS WERE BLESSED TO HAVE HAD YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE LEGION AND MUST BE PROUD TO KNOW YOU.

    ONE CITY ONE MORE TIME. MAYBE WE'LL ALL GET THE MESSAGE AND MAKE THAT HAPPEN SOME DAY. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  3. #3

    Dunbar looks good.
    Obviously it has more of a past and a future than Gray.

  4. #4

    WHY DO CERTAIN POSTERS POST IN ALL CAPS? IS IT A CULTURAL THING? JUST CURIOUS.

  5. #5

    @#4: I DON'T KNOW. WHY DON'T YOU TELL US SINCE YOU'VE DONE THE SAME THING. WHAT I FIND CURIOUS IS WHY YOU AND #4 ALWAYS COME WITH SUCH WEAK GAMES ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER. IT PROBABLY IS A CULTURAL THING. A BASIC RIGHT THING ALSO. SEE, I CAN WRITE IN WHICHEVER CASE I CHOOSE. YOU CAN TOO, A-SUKA.

  6. #6

    What a puff piece by the Washington City Paper.

    Never name anything after someone who might get indicted.

  7. #7

    I say rename Eastern after Marion Barry, while we are at it. Get to think about having a Richard Nixon Middle School.

  8. #8

    Haters continue to hate. The green machine is D.E.A.D., Thank GAWD!

  9. #9

    What a fraud Gray is.

    Now he's trying to enrich his son on the backs of DC residents just like Barry before him with a sweetheart development deal around the ballpark.

    You would have thought he'd have learned his lessons about nepotism in the first 90 days of his term in office.

    It just goes to show you

    *Once a crook, ALWAYS a crook*

  10. #10

    LL????

  11. #11

    What a beautiful school. Of course, the usual haters completely overlook the fact that this story is about improving education in this town. Some people need to get a life.

  12. #12

    @ Corky: You would think the focus would be on the fact that the original Dunbar High was the first high school for Blacks IN AMERICA. The honor bestowed upon our Mayor is fitting for someone of his academic caliber.

    @DCSHADYBOOTS: Like racism, the Green Machine is alive and kicking. (For now, that is). Maybe they can name a dog park training program after Fenty or Nickles.

  13. #13

    Vince Gray academy had it's own wall!! Vince Gray wants to rename DC buildings and streets after the bigest low-lifes the city has known!!

  14. #14

    Should have been dedicated the Bayard Rustin leadership academy.

  15. #15

    Did Rustin attend or graduate from Dunbar?

    Maybe that had everything to do with the decision but don't let these kinds of minute details get in the way of your Tea Party act. The show must indeed go on...

  16. #16

    Got to appreciate Allen Lew's Team..They accomplished all of that in less than 18 months...Just Wow!! Better timing than any local developer....We ought to be proud of this!

  17. #17

    Cater G. Woodson, a trained scholar and founder of Black History Month would have been a fantastic choice. But, hey, Vince Gray is the Mayor of the city, the school chose to name the academy after him, so be it. The school is still named after the great Paul Lawrence Dunber.

  18. #18

    In that case, pick a name off a stamp instead of some grand jury document.
    And, no, the party need not go on. It must stop.

  19. #19

    @mizwillis: academic caliber? Child please. Vince went to an ok school undergrad, and took a few grad courses. That's it. Believe me, he's no Rhodes Scholar.

  20. #20

    My, My, My!! So some big shot from the US Atty's office is commenting on this blog about what is on a grand jury document. Not only that, but that big shot from the US Atty's office also believes he/she should be able to decide to whom DHS dedicates it's 9th Grade Leadership Academy.

    No wonder Machen's office is having such a difficult time doing it's job in a timely manner. With soothsayers and wannabees on board posting what is happening in that office on LL, it is no wonder they've been dragging their feet for some odd reason.

    Maybe we should start a petition for a dog park training program. We could name it after the wannabe US Attorney who puts that office's business on LL.

    Oh, ....that's right. He/she is not really a US Attorney Office employee. He/she just thinks his/her wishing makes something so.

  21. #21

    @ Blevins: How many Rhodes Scholars have 'Leadership Academies in DC named after them? Cecil Rhodes was an English settler. VCG is a native of Washington DC who went to Dunbar HS which was named after a Black poet. From what I hear of the teachers who taught VCG he was an excellent student. No one has said he was a Rhodes Scholar. Please find more a more sound premise for your disagreement with me and those who chose to honor him with the Academy. Duke Ellington, Maya Angelou, Ron Brown and Luke C. Moore were not Rhodes Scholars either. Do you have a problem with DC schools having been named for them???? What is the real reason for your complaint?

  22. #22

    Blevins suffers from the same affliction as Drez, Typical BS and the rest of the Tea Partiers. So wedded to their nonsensical beliefs that any story where Gray is/not mentioned brings up the most irrational things. Ex. Just the other day, Drez considered the former GC of the US. House as an "Incompetent Gray Lackey" absent any reasonable facts to back up his assertion. In that case, Gray wasn't even mentioned. But he was brought into it anyway. 

    Here, Blevins considers GWU an "ok" school although its alumni includes the likes of Jackie Kennedy, J.E. Hoover, Truman's daughter, Kerry Washington, and Colin Powell. But not of that matters here. The only reason he/she considers it such is not because people like US POTUS send their kids there nor our former Chair of the JSOS...it's ONLY because Gray went there. More than likely, he/she doesn't believe a word of the nonsense about this or other non related Gray matters. But it takes being an agent provocateur more of a thing to do. 

    A side show nonetheless. I get it. Totally get it. But let's call an idiot an idiot now. 

  23. #23

    Hey- You don't have to take my word for it. A US judge called the AG "oblivious" and accused him of trampling on basic constitutional protections. I just pointed out that a fish rots from the top down.

  24. #24

    Whats that smell coming from your house Drez? That glass one. And put down those stones.

  25. #25

    Sigh, once again old mizwillis and SEwhatever are at it again.

    Mizwillis: You mentioned Vince Gray's "Academic caliber" - whatever that is. Looking objectively at his academic credentials - well, they are just ok. For example of a mayor with excellent academic credentials, please see Bloomberg, Michael. While Fenty went to a better undergraduate institution than Vince (Oberlin), he did go to a pretty mediocre law school and was by all accounts a mediocre lawyer - at best.

    As for parsing my complaint - there wasn't one, save for your ridiculous "academic credentials" comment. I do find it funny that a leadership academy would be named after a person who is the subject of a intensive federal investigation that either (a) was involved in a massive conspiracy, or (b) was too oblivious to notice - neither of which are excellent examples of leadership.

    Now SE, thanks for the diagnosis - speaking of idiots, did they cover psychology in 11th grade, since you didn't make it through 12th? Anyone who has been to a halfway decent college (again, you wouldn't have personal experience) could boast a number of prominent alumni. For example, my undergrad institution boasts two former presidents and three current supreme court justices. Superb, right? Well, it doesn't much matter, because those folks have finished. So, what matters is how the school is/ was ranked as a whole, not that it produced a number of exceptional individuals. And by that measure (and many others) GWU is an ok university. I know analysis isn't your thing, but a little thought would be appreciated. Here endeth the lesson.

  26. #26

    Well damn, if using what the "courts" say as a way to marginalize someone else or some idea is the new thing, I got a great one.

    During the most recent Voting Rights ruling, senior Justice of the US SCOTUS (Scalia) chastised his colleagues and the rest of Americans for encouraging "racial entitlement."

    Here, I'm just pointing out that using what a lawyer says as justification of a prejudiced position aint the best idea

  27. #27

    Blevens: I won't bore you with my credentials, but believe me they trump yours without even naming your school. I will say I too attended the Mighty Dunbar High because that is where I was trained and prepared for undergrad and grad school. Telling you more about my higher academic pedigree would anathematize the institution's value system.

    "The true master of the marshal (and/or academic) arts never has to prove it."

    See, as you can probably tell from some of my more colorful comments, I'm also street savvy. I wear that as a badge of honor. And SO FAR, I haven't had to prove anything as both sets of creds have served me well for quite a few years and counting......CRETIN!!!!!

  28. #28

    Hahaha, mizwillis. Telling me about your background would be an affront to the institution's value system (which one, I wonder), but you immediately precede that statement with a comment about your credentials trumping mine? Smh at the "humblebrag".

    In my experience, those who feel the need to compare credentials aren't worthy of my time. Of course, I've known that about you for some time. Enjoy complaining to LL about your posts in the moderation queue.

  29. #29

    @Blevins: Re-read. I know your undergrad school made sure you could do that if they accepted you. LL responds just swell about moderation.

    IS THIS ALL YOU 'GOT'??????

    Of course it 'splains a lot.

  30. #30

    Speaking of explaining a lot, it's martial, not marshal. But hey, I bow to your "credentials", or whatever. What a joke.

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