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Cardozo Senior High School at 1300 Clifton Street, NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cardozo Senior High School is a secondary school at 13th and Clifton Street in northwest Washington, D.C., United States, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Cardozo is operated by District of Columbia Public Schools. The school is named after clergyman, politician and educator Francis Lewis Cardozo. Prior to 1949, it was known as Central High School, but was renamed when the school district deemed it a "colored" school. The U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro Stop is partially named after this school. Likewise, an older name for the Columbia Heights neighborhood is Upper Cardozo, and some of the public buildings in the area still bear this name.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Cardozo's marching band was one of the best in Washington, DC, and won several band competitions. Due to their enormous popularity, the band was invited to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade in 1981.

The video for the Don't Copy That Floppy anti-software piracy campaign was shot at Cardozo.

The school appears in Wale's "Chillin" music video.


Cardozo was one of 11 schools nation-wide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2006-2007 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Marvin Gaye, world-renown soul and R&B singer attended Cardozo Senior High School until grade 11.

Feeder patterns

The following elementary schools feed into Cardozo:

  • Bancroft
  • Bruce-Monroe
  • Cleveland
  • Gage-Eckington
  • Garrison
  • Meyer
  • Noyes
  • Raymond
  • Marie Reed
  • Seaton
  • Shaed
  • Tubman
  • Meridian PCS

The following middle schools feed into Cardozo:

  • Garnet-Patterson
  • Lincoln
  • Shaw
  • Meridian PCS


Coordinates: 38°55′19″N 77°01′42″W / 38.9219°N 77.0284°W / 38.9219; -77.0284



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