|Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School|
2500 Benning Road Northeast
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||District of Columbia Public Schools Ward 5|
|Faculty||43.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||538 (as of 2009-10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.51|
|Mascot||Might Green Wave|
Joel Elias Spingarn High School was a public high school located in the District of Columbia. The school is named after Joel Elias Spingarn (1875-1939) an American educator and literary critic who established (1913) the Spingarn Medal, awarded annually for outstanding achievement by an African American.
Spingarn High School opened its doors in 1952, as a new and modern segregated High School for African American Students. The High School was the last segregated high school built in Washington, DC, just two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ended school segregation. Spingarn was considered one of the top black schools in the District.
Woodson Junior High School students were housed in Spingarn High School from 1962-1963.
Spingarn High School has one of DC's most impressive basketball histories and has produced well known players such as Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing and Sherman Douglass. Spingarn has played in more City Title games than all but one DC Public School and won in 1961, 1980, 1985 and 2000. The High School has also played in nine DCIAA title games and won consecutively for three years between 2000 and 2003.