The photo shows Archbishop Desmond Tutu enjoying a visit to the school.
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, identifying a need for a school for boys from low income families in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC, created this new school named in honor of Bishop John T. Walker, the Diocese’s first African American Bishop. Starting with one pre-kindergarten class, the school plans to grow by one grade each year through grade 8 until it reaches a total enrollment of 160 students. In addition to an academic curriculum, the school includes instruction in music, art, drama and physical education.
The Diocese renovated the existing 50 year old Church of the Holy Communion on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Originally housing a church, Sunday school and church offices, the 14,000 square foot building was converted into a day school with classrooms, offices, a chapel, multipurpose activity room and storage space. It also included a newly installed playground.