Military Road School Alumni Association

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 The Military Road School enjoys an illustrious history which dates back to 1864. The original frame structure was so named for its location on a road used to transport soldiers and materials to nearby Fort Stevens during the Civil War. However, from approximately 1840 until well after the present structure was occupied, temporary buildings in the immediate vicinity, including the Rock Creek Ford Road School for Colored Children, served as school facilities for Afro-American students.  The present Military Road School building, completed in 1912, was erected near the original frame structure on the same site at a cost of $29,000. 

The uniqueness of the Military Road School was its "country-style" atmosphere, contained within four classrooms, which provided a basic, well-rounded education for many Afro-American children. From its early years until closure, students in grades one through six, and for some period of time, grade eight, were summoned to class by the ringing of a brass hand bell. Upon closing as a public school in 1954, the Military Road School was subsequently used for special education students and also as a word processing training center by the Washington Urban League. The building is currently owned by the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School. 


The Military Road School building has survived the urban development which continues to alter much of the city’s original flavor and the facility still serves as a school in the Brightwood community.  Shared experiences of students who attended the Military Road School substantiate the fact that its heritage became an incentive for the teachers, students, and parents to perpetuate the standard of excellence for which it was known with succeeding generations.    

The Military Road School Alumni Association

The desire of the Military Road School Alumni Association was that this beautiful Italian Renaissance facility continue to serve the surrounding community in an educational capacity.  Additionally, because youth should be encouraged to develop to their fullest potential academically, the Alumni Association established a scholarship fund, which began awarding college scholarships in 2001.