COMO YOU KNOW: Frederick Douglass High School

Sunday, February 26, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:27 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Douglass High School is  an alternative high school for Columbia students who have trouble performing at in a traditional school setting.


Year opened: 1885

Principal: Eryca Neville

Address: 310 N. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203

Phone number: 214-3680

Students enrolled: 218 for the 2011-12 school year.

Colors: Blue and white

Mascot: Bulldog


Frederick Douglass High School was created for black students in 1885. It is named for Frederick Douglass, the runaway slave who became an abolitionist and speaker. Today, it is an application school that is part of Columbia Public Schools. It is an alternative school for Columbia students who have trouble performing in traditional school setting.  Adult classes are also offered through the school.

Before taking the name Douglass, the school also know as Cummings Academy and Excelsior School.

Links and sources

Douglass High School website

A history of the school, published in 2008

School statistics

School report card data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The brotherhood of basketball at Douglass High School, January 2011 article

Douglass seniors become 17th graduating class, May 2011 article

High school students launch newsletter with community support, September 2011 article

High school teacher builds outdoor classroom, community, September 2011 article

Updated: Feb. 26, 2012

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