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  • About FDHS

    Contact Information 

    Frederick Douglass High School
    8000 Croom Road
    Upper Marlboro, MD  20772

    Phone: 301-952-2400
    Fax: 301-627-3377

    Our Mission:

    Frederick Douglass High School empowers our students to become effective communicators, globally-minded problem-solvers, and life-long learners who realize their potential and become ethical, service-oriented citizens.

    Our Vision:

    Frederick Douglass High School strives to be a world-class school.

    Core Values:

    • Caring - Decisions focus first on what meets the needs of the children we serve.
    • Educating the "whole child" - IB Learners are Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.
    • Teamwork - We believe in collaborating and combining our actions to achieve world-class results.

    Definition of Rigor:

    The staff of Frederick Douglass High School defines rigor as the process of creating an inviting learning environment that is conducive to higher order thinking skills and requires students to raise their level of self-accountability supported through challenging and relevant instruction that is aligned with state and local content standards.

    It is characterized by: 
    • An interdisciplinary academic curriculum; 
    • Student-centered instruction through the use of hands-on experiences and integrated technology; 
    • Varied methods of assessments; and
    • Real-world application of applied knowledge to achieve career oriented goals.


    The History of Frederick Douglass High School

                Our school is named after the famous abolitionist, journalist, and orator, Frederick Douglass.  Born a slave, he obtained his freedom and became one of the preeminent leaders of the time.

                Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) was the first high school for African-Americans in Prince George’s County.  In 1922, Mr. Doswell E. Brooks, Supervisor of schools for African-American students, along with many community leaders, planned and raised money to build a high school.  Mr. Sheldon Sasscer of Upper Marlboro offered the land for this structure.  In September 1923, Marlboro High School opened its doors to African-American students of Prince George’s County.  The school consisted of four classrooms where grades 8-11 were taught.  This school was a joy for students who had previously traveled to Washington or Baltimore for their high school education.

                A new Marlboro High School was built in 1934 and was renamed Frederick Douglass High School in 1935.  The present Frederick Douglass High School was opened in 1959.  The present FDHS represents the pinnacle of the work and dedication of the parents, students, and teachers that preceded us.  Honor the FDHS “Tradition of Pride.”