Emile Alphonse Griffith was a professional boxer from the U. S. Virgin Islands who became a World Champion in the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight classes, his best known contest was a 1962 title match with Benny Paret. At the weigh in, Paret infuriated Griffith, a bisexual man, by touching his buttocks and making homosexual slurs. Griffith won the bout by knockout. In 1963 and 1964, Griffith was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2002, he was listed #33 on Ring Magazine's list of 80 greatest fighters of the past 80 years. Griffith ranks #20 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time; as a teen he was working at a hat factory on a steamy day when his boss, the factory owner, agreed to Griffith's request to work shirtless. When the owner, a former amateur boxer, noticed his frame he took Griffith to trainer Gil Clancy's gym. Griffith won the 1958 New York Golden Gloves 147 lb Open Championship.
Griffith defeated Osvaldo Marcano of the Police Athletic Leagues Lynch Center in the finals to win the Championship. In 1957 Griffith advanced to the finals of the 147 lb Sub-Novice division and was defeated by Charles Wormley of the Salem Crescent Athletic Club. Griffith trained at the West 28th Street Parks Department Gym in New York City. Griffith turned professional in 1958 and fought in New York City, he captured the Welterweight title from Cuban Benny "The Kid" Paret by knocking him out in the 13th round on April 1, 1961. Six months Griffith lost the title to Paret in a narrow split decision. Griffith regained the title from Paret on March 24, 1962 in the controversial bout after which Paret died, see below. Griffith waged a classic three-fight series with Luis Rodríguez, losing the first and winning the other two, he defeated middleweight contender Holly Mims but was knocked out in one round by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Three years on April 25, 1966, he faced middleweight champion Dick Tiger and won a 15-round unanimous decision and the middleweight title.
He lost and lost the middleweight crown in three classic fights with Nino Benvenuti. But many boxing fans believed. From the Paret bout to his retirement in 1977, Griffith fought 80 bouts but only scored twelve knockouts, he admitted to being gentler with his opponents and relying on his superior boxing skills, because he was terrified of killing someone else in the ring. Many viewers thought that Griffith fought past his prime, only winning nine of his last twenty three fights. Other boxers whom he fought in his career included world champions American Denny Moyer, Cuban Luis Rodríguez, Argentine Carlos Monzón, Cuban José Nápoles, in his last title try, German Eckhard Dagge. After 18 years as a professional boxer, Griffith retired with a record of 85 wins, 24 losses and 2 draws. Griffith and Paret's third fight, nationally televised by ABC, occurred on March 24, 1962 at Madison Square Garden. Griffith had been incensed by an anti-gay slur directed at him by Paret during the weigh-in. Paret touched Griffith's buttocks and called his opponent a maricón, Spanish slang for "faggot".
Griffith had to be restrained from attacking him on the spot. The media at the time either ignored the slur or used euphemisms such as "anti-man". Griffith's girlfriend asked him about the incident saying "I didn't know about you being that way". Griffith had worked in a women's hat factory, designed hats. In the sixth round Paret came close to stopping Griffith with a multi punch combination but Griffith was saved by the bell. After the sixth round Griffith's trainer, Gil Clancy said he told him, "when you go inside I want you to keep punching until Paret holds you or the referee breaks you! But you keep punching until he does that!". In round 12 Griffith trapped Paret in a corner. Stunned after taking hard blows to the head, Paret stopped punching back and slumped to the side against the ropes although his upper body was through them and out of the ring. Griffith held his opponent's shoulder keeping him in position while using his free hand to hit Paret, no longer trying to protect himself by head movement or an arm guard.
Griffith landed right uppercuts on Paret's head. Many watching were shocked, there were calls from ringside for the referee to halt the bout. Paret lolled back and was hit with a combination. At this point Ruby Goldstein stepped in. After the referee intervened, who had remained on his feet throughout slid to the floor, he was carried from the ring on a stretcher and died ten days in hospital without regaining consciousness. Goldstein had a reputation as a tender-minded referee. Paret's manager was criticized for not retiring his boxer with a timely throwing in of the towel during the beating. Griffith told a television interviewer "I'm proud to be the welterweight champion again. I hope Paret is feeling good." When the seriousness of the situation become known, Griffith went to the hospital where Paret was being treated and unsuccessfully attempted for several hours to gain entry to Paret's room. Following that he ran through the streets while being insulted by passers-by, he would receive hate mail from Paret supporters who were convinced Griffith intentionally killed Paret.
New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller created a seven-man commission to
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Geoffrey C. Ward. In Burns' signature style the 220-minute film serves as a biography of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, as well as a documentary of racism and social inequality during the Jim Crow era against which Jack Johnson lived in defiant opposition; the documentary was first broadcast on PBS in two parts on January 17 and January 18, 2005. The film is narrated by Keith David and features a soundtrack by Wynton Marsalis and Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Jack Johnson. Alan Rickman contributed his voice to the documentary. Stanley Crouch appears offering commentary, including a quote from Johnson responding to a question from a white woman about black people, "We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." This documentary is an example of a type used by Burns, namely authority contributions, where a range of authorities give voiceovers to contribute particular details.
Stanley Crouch is the star authority, whose personal recollections, storytelling ability, frequent appearance, lend an air of intimacy and detail. In 2005, the film earned Ken Burns an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and won for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Geoffrey C. Ward won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. Keith David won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance; the film was produced by Paul Barnes and Ken Burns for Florentine Films. The Great White Hope, Howard Sackler's 1967 dramatization of Jack Johnson's life. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson on IMDb
Mount Kisco, New York
Mount Kisco is a village and town in Westchester County, New York, United States. The town of Mount Kisco is coterminous with the village; the population was 10,877 at the 2010 census. It serves as a significant historic site along the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route; the name Kisco may be connected to the Munsee word asiiskuw, the name of the settlement "first appeared in colonial records as Cisqua, the name of a meadow and river mentioned in the September 6, 1700 Indian deed to land in the area." The spelling Mount Kisko was used by the local postmaster when a post office was opened in the village sometime after 1850. The current spelling of the name was adopted in 1875, with the settlement's incorporation as a village; the town shares its name with the Kisco River, which traverses the town and goes into the Croton Reservoir. As a village, Mount Kisco was half in the town of Bedford and half in the town of New Castle. Mount Kisco became a town in its own right in 1978; the Mount Kisco Municipal Complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Merestead, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Mark's Cemetery, the United Methodist Church and Parsonage are listed. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.1 square miles, all of it land. Mount Kisco lies within the humid continental climate zone. Winter is cold, summer is warm and humid, spring and fall are chilly to mild; as of the 2013 United States Census there were 11,067 people, 4,128 households, 2,447 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,194.0 people per square mile. There were 4,103 housing units at an average density of 1,312.7 per square mile. The large number of small businesses, retail stores, financial and medical offices swells the daytime population to more than 20,000; the racial makeup of the village was 77.79% White, 5.99% African American, 0.28% Native American, 4.24% Asian, 9.03% from other races, 2.67% from two or more races. Of the population 24.54 % were Latino of any race. There were 3,993 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.7% were non-families.
Of all households 31.7% were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09. In the village, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males. The median income for a household in the village was $62,699, the median income for a family was $68,219. Males had a median income of $45,428 versus $40,040 for females; the per capita income for the village was $32,424. About 7.4% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over. Mount Kisco is socioeconomically diverse. Though most residents are middle to upper middle class professionals, Mount Kisco is home to a sizable number of working class Hispanic immigrants who reside in the downtown core.
In contrast, sprawling estates and equestrian farms are to be found farther away from the center of town. Worth millions of dollars, these properties are of a historic nature, many dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries; these bucolic country roads and rolling hills are technically within neighboring Bedford, though they share Mount Kisco's ZIP Code and post office. Residents in this overlapping zone may use either a Bedford Corners or Mount Kisco mailing address. Housing in Mount Kisco is tremendously varied, consisting of apartment buildings, co-ops, townhomes, single-family homes, historic Colonials and Victorians, multimillion-dollar estates. There are several modes of transport in Mount Kisco. Metro-North Railroad: Mount Kisco, on the Harlem Line Bee-Line Bus System: Multiple routes The Westchester County Airport is nearby. New York State's Route 172, 117, 133 I-684 are nearby. Town of Mount Kisco official website Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce
Rocky Balboa (film)
Rocky Balboa is a 2006 American sports drama film written, directed by, starring Sylvester Stallone. The film, which features Stallone as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa, is the sixth film in the Rocky series that began with the Academy Award-winning Rocky thirty years earlier in 1976; the film portrays an aging Balboa in retirement, a widower living in Philadelphia, the owner and operator of a local Italian restaurant called "Adrian's," named after his late wife. Rocky Balboa was produced as the concluding sequel to the original Rocky film. According to Stallone, he was "negligent" in the production of Rocky V, leaving him and many of the fans disappointed with the presumed end of the series. Stallone mentioned that the storyline of Rocky Balboa parallels his own struggles and triumphs in recent times. In addition to Stallone, the film stars Burt Young as Paulie, Rocky's brother-in-law, real-life boxer Antonio Tarver as Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight division champion in the film. Boxing promoter Lou DiBella acts as Dixon's promoter in the film.
Milo Ventimiglia plays Rocky's son Robert, now an adult. It features the return of two minor characters from the original movie into larger roles in this film: Marie, the young woman that Rocky attempts to steer away from trouble; the film contains many references to characters and objects from previous installments in the series the first. The film was released on December 20, 2006, 30 years after the release of Rocky, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios, exceeded box office expectations with a positive critical reaction, it was released in several formats for its home media release, DVD sales have exceeded $34 million. It was followed by the 2015 spin-off sequel film Creed, directed by Ryan Coogler, the November 2018 follow-up, titled Creed II, directed by Steven Caple Jr. Rocky Balboa, now in his late fifties and retired from boxing, lives a quiet life as a widower, Adrian having died from cancer four years prior, he now runs a small but successful Italian restaurant named after her, where he regales his patrons with stories of his past.
He battles personal demons from his grief over Adrian's death, the changing times, his eroding relationship with his son Robert, a struggling corporate employee. Paulie, Rocky's brother-in-law, continues to support him whenever he can, is guilt-ridden over his poor treatment towards his late sister. Late one night, Rocky reunites with a woman named Marie, once a troublesome young girl Rocky had escorted home thirty years ago. Marie is now a single parent of a teenage son born out of wedlock named Stephenson, nicknamed "Steps". Rocky's friendship with Marie blossoms over the following weeks, providing him a much-needed buffer for his anguish. Meanwhile, on the professional boxing circuit, Mason "The Line" Dixon reigns as the undefeated yet unpopular heavyweight world champion ridiculed for having never fought a true contender; this leads to tension with the public and his promoters, encourages him to return to his roots: the small gym he first trained in, as well as his old trainer who sagely tells him that he will earn back his respect through a true opponent.
ESPN broadcasts a computer simulation of a fight between Rocky and Mason—likened to a modern-day version of The Super Fight—that ends in a disputed KO victory for Balboa, further riling the champ. In contrast, the simulation inspires Rocky to take up boxing again. Dixon's promoters thus pitch the idea of holding a charity exhibition bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to bolster Dixon's floundering popularity. With some hesitation, both men agree to the match, creating a media buzz that stabs at Rocky's has-been status and Dixon's credibility. Robert makes an effort to discourage Rocky from fighting, blaming his own personal failings on his father's celebrity shadow, but Rocky rebukes him with some profound advice; the next day and son meet over Adrian's grave and reconcile. Rocky sets straight to training with Apollo Creed's old trainer, who surmises that the slow and arthritic Rocky can only compete by building his strength and punching power as much as possible; the bout itself is a back and forth affair, with Dixon dominating the first round, only to injure his left hand in the second one on Rocky's hip.
Rocky makes a dramatic comeback, knocking Mason down, surprising the audience with his prowess and chin despite his age. The two combatants beat each other throughout the full ten rounds, ending with both men still standing, although Rocky gets the last punch. Rocky thanks an appreciative Dixon for the match and tells him that he is a great champion while the audience applauds the two fighters; the result is announced as Rocky exits the ring to the adulation of the crowd: a win for Dixon by a close split decision, but Rocky doesn't mind the outcome. In the closing shot, Rocky returns home and visits Adrian's grave again, thanking her for helping him. We did it." Sylvester Stallone as Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. retired boxer and former two-time heavyweight champion. Burt Young as Paulie Pennino, Rocky's moody brother-in-law and best friend. Milo Ventimiglia as Robert Balboa, Jr. Rocky's only son
A cigar is a rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaves made to be smoked. They are produced in a wide variety of shapes. Since the 20th century all cigars are made up of three distinct components: the filler, the binder leaf which holds the filler together, a wrapper leaf, the best leaf used; the cigar will have a band printed with the cigar manufacturer's logo. Modern cigars come with 2 bands Cuban Cigar bands, showing Limited Edition bands displaying the year of production. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Central America and the islands of the Caribbean, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala and Puerto Rico; the origins of cigar smoking are still unknown. A Mayan ceramic pot from Guatemala dating back to the tenth century features people smoking tobacco leaves tied together with a string. Regular cigar smoking is known to carry serious health risks including increased danger of various types of cancer and cardiovascular illnesses; the word cigar derives from the Mayan sikar.
The Spanish word, "cigarro" spans the gap between the Mayan and modern use. The English word came into general use in 1730. Explorer Christopher Columbus is credited with the introduction of tobacco to Europe. Three of Columbus's crewmen during his 1492 journey, Rodrigo de Jerez, Hector Fuentes and Luis de Torres, are said to have encountered tobacco for the first time on the island of Hispaniola, in what is present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic, when natives presented them with dry leaves that spread a peculiar fragrance. Tobacco was diffused among all of the islands of the Caribbean and was therefore encountered in Cuba where Columbus and his men had settled, his sailors reported that the Taínos on the island of Cuba smoked a primitive form of cigar, with twisted, dried tobacco leaves rolled in other leaves such as palm or plantain. In time and other European sailors adopted the practice of smoking rolls of leaves, as did the Conquistadors, smoking primitive cigars spread to Spain and Portugal and France, most through Jean Nicot, the French ambassador to Portugal, who gave his name to nicotine.
Tobacco use spread to Italy and, after Sir Walter Raleigh's voyages to the Americas, to Britain. Smoking became familiar throughout Europe—in pipes in Britain—by the mid-16th century. Spanish cultivation of tobacco began in earnest in 1531 on the island of Santo Domingo. In 1542, tobacco started to be grown commercially in North America, when the Spaniards established the first cigar factory on the island of Cuba. Tobacco was thought to have medicinal qualities, but there were some who considered it evil, it was denounced by James I of England. Around 1592, the Spanish galleon San Clemente brought 50 kilograms of tobacco seed to the Philippines over the Acapulco-Manila trade route, it was distributed among Roman Catholic missionaries, who found excellent climates and soils for growing high-quality tobacco there. The use of the cigar did not become popular until the mid-eighteenth century, although there are not many drawings from this era, there are some reports. In Seven Years' War it is believed Israel Putnam brought back a cache of Havana cigars, making cigar smoking popular in the US after the American Revolution.
He brought Cuban tobacco seeds which he planted in the Hartford area of New England. This resulted in the development of the renowned Connecticut Wrapper. Towards the end of the 18th century and in the 19th century, cigar smoking was common, while cigarettes were still comparatively rare. In the early 20th century, Rudyard Kipling wrote his famous smoking poem, "The Betrothed." The cigar business was an important industry and factories employed many people before mechanized manufacturing of cigars became practical. Cigar workers in both Cuba and the US were active in labor strikes and disputes from early in the 19th century, the rise of modern labor unions can be traced to the CMIU and other cigar worker unions. In 1869, Spanish cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his Principe de Gales operations from the important cigar manufacturing center of Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida to escape the turmoil of the Ten Years' War. Other manufacturers followed, Key West became another important cigar manufacturing center.
In 1885, Ybor moved again, buying land near the then-small city of Tampa and building the largest cigar factory in the world at the time in the new company town of Ybor City. Friendly rival and Flor de Sánchez y Haya owner Ignacio Haya built his own factory nearby in the same year, many other cigar manufacturers soon followed after an 1886 fire that gutted much of Key West. Thousands of Cuban and Spanish tabaqueros came to the area from Key West and New York to produce hundreds of millions of cigars annually. Local output peaked in 1929, when workers in Ybor City and West Tampa rolled over 500,000,000 "clear Havana" cigars, earning the town the nickname "Cigar Capital of the World". In New York, cigars were made by rollers working in their own homes, it was reported that as of 1883, cigars were being manufactured in 127 apartment houses in New York, employing 1,962 families and 7,924 individuals. A state statute banning the practice, passed late that year at the urging of trade unions on the basis that the practice suppressed wages, was ruled unconstitutional less than four months l
Alfred Damon Runyon was an American newspaperman and short-story writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde; the adjective "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit", "Benny Southstreet", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charley", "Dave the Dude", or "The Seldom Seen Kid", his distinctive vernacular style is known as "Runyonese": a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang always in present tense, always devoid of contractions. He is credited with coining the phrase "Hooray Henry", a term now used in British English to describe an upper-class, loud-mouthed, arrogant twit.
Runyon's fictional world is known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on two of his stories, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure". The musical additionally borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick The Winner"; the film Little Miss Marker grew from his short story of the same name. Runyon was a well-known newspaper reporter, covering sports and general news for decades for various publications and syndicates owned by William Randolph Hearst. Famous for his fiction, he wrote a well-remembered "present tense" article on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Presidential inauguration in 1933 for the Universal Service, a Hearst syndicate, merged with the co-owned International News Service in 1937. Damon Runyon was born Alfred Damon Runyan to Elizabeth Runyan, his relatives in his birthplace of Manhattan, Kansas included several newspapermen. His grandfather was a newspaper printer from New Jersey who had relocated to Manhattan, Kansas in 1855, his father was editor of his own newspaper in the town.
In 1882 Runyon's father was forced to sell his newspaper, the family moved westward. The family settled in Pueblo, Colorado in 1887, where Runyon spent the rest of his youth. By most accounts, he attended school only through the fourth grade, he began to work in the newspaper trade under his father in Pueblo. In present-day Pueblo, Runyon Field, the Damon Runyon Repertory Theater Company, Runyon Lake are named in his honor. In 1898, when still in his teens, Runyon enlisted in the U. S. Army to fight in the Spanish–American War. While in the service, he was assigned to write for the Manila Soldier's Letter. After his military service, he worked beginning in Pueblo, his first job as a reporter was in September 1900. His expertise was in covering the semi-professional teams in Colorado. At one of the newspapers where he worked, the spelling of his last name was changed from "Runyan" to "Runyon", a change he let stand. After a notable failure in trying to organize a Colorado minor baseball league, which lasted less than a week, Runyon moved to New York City in 1910.
In his first New York byline, the American editor dropped the "Alfred" and the name "Damon Runyon" appeared for the first time. For the next ten years he covered the New York Giants and professional boxing for the New York American, he was the Hearst newspapers' baseball columnist for many years, beginning in 1911, his knack for spotting the eccentric and the unusual, on the field or in the stands, is credited with revolutionizing the way baseball was covered. As confirmation, Runyon was inducted into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967, he is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame and is known for dubbing heavyweight champion James J. Braddock, the "Cinderella Man". Runyon contributed sports poems to the American on boxing and baseball themes, wrote numerous short stories and essays. One year, while covering spring training in Texas, he met Pancho Villa in a bar and accompanied the unsuccessful American expedition into Mexico searching for Villa, it was while he was in Mexico that he met the young girl whom he married.
Gambling on craps or horse races, was a common theme of Runyon's works, he was a notorious gambler himself. One of his paraphrases from a well-known line in Ecclesiastes ran: "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's how the smart money bets." A heavy drinker as a young man, he seems to have quit drinking soon after arriving in New York, after his drinking nearly cost him the courtship of the woman who became his first wife, Ellen Egan. He remained a heavy smoker, his best friend was mobster accountant Otto Berman, he incorporated Berman into several of his stories under the alias "Regret, the horse player". When Berman was killed in a hit on Berman's boss, Dutch Schultz, Runyon assumed the role of damage control for his deceased friend, correcting erroneous press releases. Runyon's marriage to Ellen Egan produc
Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.)
Woodrow Wilson High School is a secondary school in Washington, D. C, it serves grades 9 through 12, as part of the District of Columbia Public Schools. The school is located in the Tenleytown neighborhood, at the intersection of Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW, it serves students in Washington's Ward 3, although nearly 30% of the student body live outside the school’s boundaries. The school building, built in 1935 and extensively renovated in 2010–2011, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010; the school was named for the 28th president of the United States. The school's motto, "Haec olim meminisse juvabit," is a Latin phrase from Virgil's Aeneid. Woodrow Wilson High School was built on a patch of land acquired in 1930, known by the neighboring Tenleytowners as "French's Woods". In March 1934, the D. C. commissioners awarded the contract to build Wilson to the lowest bidder, McCloskey and Co of Philadelphia. It was built for a total cost of $1.25 million. Wilson opened its doors to students on Monday, September 23, 1935, as an all-white school, thus becoming the sixth DC Interhigh school.
The school started with juniors. Many students transferred to Wilson from Western. Western had been running double shifts to accommodate the students from the Wilson neighborhoods; the first principal was Norman J. Nelson, the assistant principal at Western. Woodrow Wilson High School graduated its first students in February 1937. Chester Moye was class president from the February graduation class; the new school held its first spring commencement exercises, on June 1937, for 290 students. The class president was Robert Davidson. In the spring of 1970 about 400 students gathered in the school auditorium to protest inequalities in the school, all of the students were black. Jay Childers, the author of The Evolving Citizen: American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement, wrote that this was an indication of racial tension in the school. Dr. Stephen P. Tarason became the school's 11th principal in January 1999, when he succeeded Dr. Wilma Bonner. Dr. Bonner spent a brief time working at the DCPS office before moving on to a position at the Howard University School of Education.
In mid-2006, Woodrow Wilson High School was proposed to be a charter school, but the superintendent asked the school to hold off in exchange for being granted control over certain areas of autonomy facilities. Upon Tarason's departure to become a middle school principal in Hagerstown, Mrs. Jacqueline Williams became interim principal in 2007. In 2008, DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee selected Peter Cahall, a former teacher and administrator with the MCPS system, as the new principal; the school building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. Woodrow Wilson was one of eleven schools nationwide 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 Melinda Gates Foundation. The campus was renovated in 2011, in a series of school modernizations at D. C. public schools. The extensive renovations to the historic building included certification to the LEED Gold standard. For the 2010–2011 school year, the students of Wilson were placed in a temporary space at the University of the District of Columbia.
The renovated school reopened in October 2011, festivities included a 75th anniversary celebration. Childers wrote that the school had been "increasingly troubled" in a period before 2012. In June 2014 Principal Pete Cahall came out as homosexual to his students during the school's gay pride day, he stated. The Westboro Baptist Church had stated. Pete Cahall left his post as principal in the middle of the school year. DCPS had announced that his contract would not be renewed. Cahall stated. In 2015 Cahall became the principal of Thomas Edison High School of Technology. In spring 2015 a panel headed by teachers and other employees and members of the surrounding community examined candidates for the position of principal. Kimberly Martin, the former principal of Aspen High School, was selected, she had served as the principal of Lorain Admiral King High School in Lorain, from 2003 to 2005, after teaching there for five years. She began her term as principal of Wilson on June 29, 2015. In 2015 DCPS proposed a $15.6 million budget for Wilson, $300,000 fewer than the previous one, despite a projected enrollment of more students.
Wilson was "a staunch supporter of segregation, setting back African Americans in their quest for civil rights. A conversation about whether Wilson is an appropriate name for a high school has been simmering in D. C. for years. It gained traction when Princeton University students protested in 2015 as their school debated removing Wilson's name from campus buildings. Organizers of the latest movement to change the school's name want the school to honor the neighborhood’s black community, not someone whose policies laid the groundwork for dismantling it." According to proponents of name change, "the community in Northwest Washington has to acknowledge that the federal government — after Wilson left office — uprooted established black communities to create the upper-income white enclave it is today. Organizers of the latest movement to change the s