National Training School for Boys (former) Improvements – Washington DC

Description

The National Training School for Boys was a federal juvenile detention center for boys under seventeen, located in the Fort Lincoln area of Washington, DC.

In 1935-37, Works Progress Administration (WPA) relief labor was used to make various improvements around the school.

 The WPA work card on the project has these details:  “Landscape and improve grounds at National Training School for Boys; Enlarge and improve athletic fields at National Training School for Boys; Improve grounds at the National Training School for Boys, including terracing, sloping banks, cutting, filling, and grading, seeding, constructing structures for gully control, and performing appurtenant work; for erosion control and utilization…” 

Work: A Journal of Progress reported that the WPA’s activities on the site included, “beautification of grounds, care of orchards and trees, building of walks and roads, and soil erosion control,” plus improvement of the physical plant.

The school was closed down in May 1968. Current status of the facilities is unknown.

Source notes

National Archives, Record Group 69, “Microfilmed Index to WPA Projects.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Training_School_for_Boys

“2,000 jobless here get work on PWA (sic) jobs,” Washington Post, November 30, 1935, p. 15

District of Columbia Works Progress Administration, “A School of Opportunity,” Work: A Journal of Progress, Vol. 1, No. 4, Dec. 1936, p. 38

USGS Feature Detail Report

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - https://nddaily.blogspot.com on June 25, 2013.

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Location Info


Washington, D.C. 20018

Location notes: Marker is based on coordinates for the school given by the USGS GNIS: https://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:8331000397645198::NO::P3_FID:531680.

Coordinates: 38.9187, -76.9494

9 comments on “National Training School for Boys (former) Improvements – Washington DC

  1. Helen Mull

    I am trying to acquire photos and information on NTSB. My father, Bruce V. Mull worked there as well as my uncle Howard Heath, andI want to get all the information I can about the school for posterity.

    • Gabriel Milner

      It is hard to locate these photos. Is there an alumni organization that may have them?

  2. Dan Rosenblum

    My father was the doctor in 1939 and again in 1941. I would like information if you have it.

    • Gabriel Milner

      You may want to check with the source we site for this entry for more information.

  3. Pat Burnett

    Where can I get information about the National Training School for Girls (1920-23)?

  4. Catherine M Merkel

    I too an looking for information on my Grandfather Keith Pugh, as it appears he was there in 1935.

  5. Kelsey Merrifield

    Looking for pictures of young frank Morris. Do you have any?

  6. Felicia Bragg

    I grew up on Bladensburg Rd, NE in the 60’s & was told of the Bots school . I wish the ancestors the best in finding resolve

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