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Modern facility to house historic school

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 16:06

The first high school for African Americans in the United States was established in 1870 in Washington, D.C. The Epoch Times reported that this school had one teacher and 15 students in a church basement and was then referred to as the Preparatory School for Colored Youth. Now, several facilities later, the institution is referred to as the Dunbar High School and is about to gain a new, energy-efficient campus
"Dunbar has always honored its past, but has never lived in the past. Dunbar finally has a facility worthy of its history. I have no doubt that this magnificent campus will inspire students and teachers alike to cherish its tradition … Today we can tell Dunbar students to cherish our history, not to worship it … Dunbar has always used its history to make more history," said alumna and D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. 
According to the news source, the new campus is a $122 million Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum high school. Opening its doors at the end of August this year, the school was designed with modern energy efficiency in mind. A number of high-quality technologies and materials were included in the structure, including a geothermal heat pump installed under the football field, plenty of natural light and a radiant floor heating system. The combination of the radiant floor heating system and a geothermal unit is highly effective at reducing the cost of heating a space. The lack of reliance on fossil fuels and improved sustainability is a boon for the school. By reducing the operational expenses associated with the campus, more funds are freed up to be spent on the students and advancing their education.