Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2004; 5:18 PM
President Dwight D. Eisenhower selected McKinley Technical High School in Washington as the city's model for integration after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation in public schools on May 17, 1954.
Despite initial successes with integration, white flight, citywide racial tension and crime at the school contributed to its eventual closing in 1997.
Now McKinley is being renovated, and the new principal, Daniel Gohl, says he hopes to build on the school's history of acheivement while trying to make McKinley a leader in areas such as broadcast, biotech and computer science. The high school is scheduled to reopen in September 2004.
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