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Our History
 
Douglass School has had an interesting and varied history. The land was purchased by the "School League" (a group of African American parents) for $4,000 and was deeded to the School Board. In 1941, ground was broken for the construction of Douglass High School. On completion, the doors of the first Secondary School for African American children in the history of Loudoun County were opened.

The original building consisted of four rooms. Since that time there have been two additions. In 1950, a science laboratory, home economics suite, and five classrooms were added. In 1960, a gymnasium, shop, cafeteria, and several classrooms were built.


Principals

Dates

Mr. George Liverpool

1941-1948

Mr. Ulysses Oliver

1949-1951

Mr. Stephen Sydnor

1952-1963

Mr. James Woodson

1964-1968

Mr. James McBride

1968-1969

Mr. Weldon Reeves

1971-1975

Mr. Frederick Hutchison

1976-1977

Mr. Joel Galperin

1977-1978

Mr. Wayne Griffith

1978-1979

Mr. Terrence Hill

1979-1985

Mrs. Laurraine Landolt

1985-2000

Dr. John Robinson

2000-

 

 
The building has provided service to many different populations since 1967:
 
 

Timeline

School Name

History

1968-1969

The Broad Run Annex

It was a school for 8th & 9th graders who would be attending Broad Run for the 69/70 school year.

1969-1971

The School Board Annex

It was used as administrative offices.

1971-1976

Leesburg Middle School

During this time it was a school for 6th & 7th graders from Leesburg, Middleburg, and Lucketts.

1976

Douglass Community School

After the middle school students moved on it became a school with multiple programs: an alternative high school, a special education center, and the Douglass Community Center.

1991

Douglass School

Housed at Douglass during this time were Douglass Alternative School with middle and high school programs, ESL, Early Childhood Special Education, Substance Abuse Education, Insight, and the Douglass Community Center.

1993

Douglass School

The STEP classes joined the above programs.

1994

Douglass School

Head Start classes joined the above programs.

1996

Douglass School

The Head Start classes are relocated.

2000

Douglass School

The Middle School Transitions Program and the GED Program were added.

2001

Douglass School

The ESL, STEP and Early Childhood Special Education classes are relocated and Douglass becomes the center for Secondary Alternative Programs for LCPS.

2004

Douglass School

The Saving 9 program is added.