On October 22, 1945, GDS first opened its doors in downtown DC at 13th and G Place, NW. While this location was far from Georgetown itself, as you know, the school's name stuck. Today, for the first time in history, we’re on a unified campus and still working together to honor the spirit and vision of our founding families just over five miles away from our original location. We've grown from a school of seven families to a school of more than 800 families and 1,075 students. Even though we are physically apart, your presence in our community is felt and continues to matter to us. Our work is just as vital today on the eve of our 75th birthday as it was then. Thank you for your ongoing partnership in forwarding our school's mission to develop empathic, informed citizens in an intentionally diverse community—citizens who will bring hope and change to our troubled world.
For our birthday this year, we ask that you fully exercise your civic rights and responsibilities in your community and at the ballot box. Follow the example of our student leaders in getting out the vote, helping others make a plan to vote, signing up to be a poll worker, and combating voter suppression.
Enjoy this photomosaic made from images across our 75 years.