Coolidge High School is a community-oriented school that offers educational programs for both its own students and for the surrounding community. Established in 1938, the school was named in honor of Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923-29. President Coolidge had a strong interest in community involvement in the schools. Coolidge High School, located at Fifth and Tuckerman streets NW, has been in the same location since its founding.

Hugh Price, a Coolidge alumnus who is now a vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, graduated in 1959. In his time, said Price, "Coolidge had a strong honors curriculum and was one of the two strong academic public high schools {in the District}." He went on to say that like most of Washington, the Coolidge student body was predominantly white until the mid-1950s.

Other Coolidge alumni include Dr. Reed Tuckson, a former D.C. public health commissioner, and Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of the superior court of the District of Columbia.

Today, with 1100 students and a new gym and community center, Coolidge maintains a strong dedication to both academics and community service -- the Public/Private Partnership Program with the University of the District of Columbia allows Coolidge students to take college-level professional courses and receive college credit and Coolidge also has an in-school college preparatory program for students interested in becoming teachers.

Jennifer Gibbs, principal at Coolidge, said she believes in finding innovative ways to keep young people in school. Gibbs said "I instill in young people that they are just as good as anyone else and have just as much potential."

Madta Jones, a 17-year-old-senior at Coolidge and a student council member said, "There are many opportunities to study any field that you are interested in, here. We have the support of the teachers and administration. They really try to be in touch with you."