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Once confined to a 1996 Jon Lovitz comedy, Marion Barry High School could soon be a reality in the District. Yesterday, the commission set up to memorialize Barry recommended renaming Ballou Senior High School after him, along with three other recommendations.
Also on the list debuted on the first anniversary of the mayor-for-life’s death: putting Barry’s name on Good Hope Road SE and the University of the District of Columbia student center, and commissioning a statue of him for the Wilson Building.
Now Muriel Bowser has to consider which of the memorials to fund in next year’s budget process. Aside from the statue, though, Bowser says the cost of the recommendations would be negligible.
But maybe the best memorial Barry can get is the Bowser administration itself. Barry widow Cora Masters Barry said her late husband was making Bowser in his own image.
“He loved her,” Masters Barry said. “He was making himself another MB. And from what I hear from this mayor, he did a pretty good job.”
Photo by Darrow Montgomery