Skip to main content

D.C. School Newspapers Collection

Identifier: 117

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of multiple bound copies of student newspapers; Tech Life from McKinley Technology High School, Ballou Charter from Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, The Cardozo Owl from Cardozo Senior High School, The Central Bulletin from Central High School, The Coolidge Courier and Colt Pride from Calvin Coolidge High School, The Sentinel from Joel Elias Spingarn High School, and The Balance Sheet from Washington Business High School. None of the newspaper titles are a complete run of the series.


  • Creation: 1936-2002


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use

All works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. No copyright research is necessary for this material; it’s free and clear for you to use. Post-1923 works are in the public domain if a copyright claim was never filed from 1923 through 1977 or if the copyright was never renewed from 1923 through 1963. It is the responsibility of the patron to research copyright status.

Biographical / Historical

The school newspaper, Tech Life, dates back to 1902 when the school was established as a technical school for white students. Named after the 25th U.S. President, William McKinley, it has a rich history with deep roots in “manual training” programs that were set up for working-class youths in the 1880s. The school was moved to a new building in 1928 at 2nd and T Streets NE, and an addition was constructed in 1957. The school closed in 1997 and was scheduled to re-open in 2002; however, funding and construction delays hampered the project. It re-opened in August 2004, partly due to the fulfillment of a campaign promise of Mayor Anthony A. Williams.


0.75 Linear feet

2 Boxes


Processed without series.

Custodial History

The D.C. School Newspapers Collection was donated to the Library by Leora “Toni” Robinson, an Executive Board member of the McKinley High School Alumni Association.

Processing Information

Basic archival procedures were used at the time of processing.

DC School Newspapers
An inventory of DC School Newspapers at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Derek M. Gray.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001