Sheila Dixon

As Baltimore prepares to close more schools, many worry about the communities they anchor

As Baltimore prepares to close more schools, many worry about the communities they anchor

Northwestern High School educated the youth of Baltimore for decades, including future mayor Sheila Dixon and future Raven Terrance West. The sprawling brick high school building was one of the first built in Baltimore after the U.S. Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional. So to many in the Park Heights community, Northwestern’s closing in 2017 represented the erasure of tradition and identity.

“You are dismantling the neighborhoods when you dismantle the schools,” said Michael Johnson, a 1974 Northwestern graduate.

The Baltimore school board has been shuttering schools to deal with population loss and academic failure, and now it’s poised to vote in...

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