The Monroe School is built upon a rich heritage. The grounds on which The Monroe School stands are the land that once housed the National Trade and Professional Training School for Women and Girls, a school founded by the iconic Dr. Nannie Helen Burroughs. Dr. Nannie Helen Burroughs was well known for her achievements in the Washington, DC community as an African American woman of stature at a time when black men, let alone women, faced incredible challenges in owning property and business. She was an African American educator first and foremost. She was a student from a formal education background who graduated from the Colored High School on M Street (an academic high school, now Dunbar High School). She was also a student of her environment, Nannie was equally fluent as an orator, religious leader, and businesswoman. Her national recognition was a direct result of her landmark speech “How the Sisters Are Hindered from Helping,” which was delivered at the National Baptist Convention in 1900.
Founded in 1908
Eight years after graduation from the Colored High School on M Street, she founded the National Training School for Women and Girls, providing education to an otherwise neglected segment of society due to racism and sexism. Eventually, it was rename the Nannie Helen Burroughs School to honor her accomplishment and provided education to elementary grade students. The school was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991.
The Monroe School
In 2006, half of the original school became the Monroe School, a fine education institute providing education to junior-senior high grade students. These students are some of the brightest minds in the city, yet they face challenges in an ordinary school environment. The Monroe School carries on the legacy and vision of Dr. Nannie Helen Burroughs through a proactive education structure and now serves both girls and boys. We take pride in the achievements of our students because their ambition is what drives our school to be the success that it is today.