“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington High School opened in 1924 under the auspices of the Atlanta Board of Education, with the late Charles Lincoln Harper as the principal. As the first public high school for African-Americans in the state of Georgia and the Atlanta Public Schools, Washington High School serves as a beacon in history. In addition, to its significance to the Atlanta community, the school has produced numerous notable leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader; Lena Horne, singer; Dr. Asa Yancy, surgeon; Dr. Louis A. Sullivan, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many others.
Booker T. Washington High School is a historical landscape in Georgia’s history. As a result, in 1986, the school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is evident that throughout the years, Washington High School has been known for its rich history and traditions. However, in recent years, stakeholders have worked collaboratively to initiate the transformation of Booker T. Washington High School into Small Schools: Banking, Finance and Investments, Early College, Health Science and Nutrition, and the Senior Academy. This transformation process will not only provide students with a more vibrant, high performing learning environment, but it will also prepare all students who enter the doors of Booker T. Washington High School for post-secondary education and/or options after graduation.