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The Board of Directors of the Loudoun Douglass High School Alumni Association welcomes you to our web site. We hope that you will find the information contained on this website useful. On these pages you will learn more about the organization; the history of the association, changes over the past year, current and future projects, and information about the yearly scholarship awards. We also have a yearly calendar, Giving Club, and contact information.
We hope to be able to reach more of our Alumni members, former scholarship recipients, and other interested persons through this web page and in doing so, keep everyone informed of the latest happenings and events of your, LDAA.
Brief History Douglass High School
In March 1931, a delegation of parents and patrons met with the school board to ask for a new school building and additional teachers for black students. The board voted against it at that time. The parents did not give up, but continued to pursue the issue and keep the school board aware of the conditions at the Loudoun Training School.
During the 1930s members of the black community in Loudoun County joined together to form the County-Wide League to raise money to purchase a high school site. The parents located eight acres of land east of the corporation limits in Leesburg owned by a man named Gibbons for the price of $4,000. The League used the money that was in the treasury as a down payment and Mr. Willie Hall of Middleburg signed a Bank Note for the balance of the money for the land. With deed intact, the County-Wide League met with the school board again and was told they would build the school only if the League would deed the land to them for a dollar.
In the spring of 1941, construction began of the new building. After completion, the league had the pleasure of naming the new school after the great educator, Frederick Douglass. Loudoun County Training School then became Douglass Elementary with the approval of the school board.
Douglass High was the first county high school built in Northern Virginia for black students. In 1984 there was reunion to get all graduates of Douglass High School together for a celebration and from this reunion the Loudoun Douglass High School Alumni Association was formed in 1985.
The Loudoun Douglass High School Alumni Association has honored members of each graduating class with a plaque beginning with the class of 1935 and will continue this tradition until all have been honored.
In 1993, Douglass High School was inducted into the State and National Registers as a historic landmark. A plaque designed by Reginald Simms, class of 1955, was placed on the cornerstone of the building.
In 2008, the state of Virginia placed the Historical Highway Marker on the front lawn.
Some of the association accomplishments:
Purchased security cameras and park bench for the Douglass Community Center.
Donated to fire victims and hurricane "Hugo" victims in Charleston, SC
Co-sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. " I have A Dream Celebration" each year.
Award eight (8) $1,000 scholarships annually to deserving descendants of the school.
Provide a monetary donation to the Loudoun County Holiday Coalition for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.
Loudoun County 2004 Outstanding Volunteer Awards -"Outstanding Heritage & Cultural Volunteer Association" award.
Provide volunteers annually for the "Christmas in April" project.