- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2008


The story “Field of champions will rise again” about the ongoing restoration of the Cardozo stadium (Page 1, Sunday) is certainly good news. It was once the most beautiful high school stadium in the D.C. region, and it is truly uplifting to learn that it will soon return to its glory days.

However, there are some factual inaccuracies in the story. At the time old Central High was built in the early 1900s, and for decades thereafter, the District was a segregated city and operated a segregated public school system.

One system, including Central, was all white, while the other, including Cardozo, was all black. Integrated scholastic sports were not allowed in the D.C. public schools until after the landmark 1954 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

In 1955, Cardozo and Neb., game at Griffith Stadium.

Cardozo did not become segregated in 1950, as the article relates. It was always segregated before 1950, as was Central. Cardozo relocated to the Central High campus in or about 1950, not in 1928 as stated in the article, and Central High was closed at that time.


Chevy Chase

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