Washington Graded And High School

This was the first public high school for African Americans in Raleigh and continued as the only such school until 1953. Many influential members of the Raleigh African American community were Washington High School graduates. The building is an example of the Jacobean style popular for school buildings in the 1920s. The architect, C. A. Gadsden Sayre, who was noted for his school designs, employed a sophisticated combination of stone and glazed terra cotta accents on the brick structure. The building now houses the Washington Gifted and Talented Elementary Magnet School of the Wake County Public School System.

Date: 1923-1924; 1927; 1948-1950; 1996

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Washington Graded and High School, 2011

Washington Graded and High School, 2011

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Washington Graded and High School, 2011

Washington Graded and High School, 2011

Detail. Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club. View File Details Page

Washington Graded and High School, 1980

Washington Graded and High School, 1980

Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission. View File Details Page

Washington Graded and High School, date unknown

Washington Graded and High School, date unknown

Image courtesy of "Washington Grade and High School, Raleigh, Wake County," NC Architects/Builders Biographical Dictionary Project Collection, Betsy Ross Design, Raleigh, NC. View File Details Page

Washington Graded and High School, circa 2001

Washington Graded and High School, circa 2001

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Street Address:

1000 Fayetteville Street [map]

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RHDC, “Washington Graded And High School,” Raleigh Historic, accessed June 23, 2017, http://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/93.
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