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M.M. Washington Career High School is slated to become senior housing. (Lydia DePillis)

It’s back-to-school time for the District’s kids, and while many of them are returning to spanking new facilities, dozens of former school buildings are now missing the patter of little feet. Many of the handsome, historic edifices found new uses long ago, and some are in transition, while others still sit vacant, looking for someone to restore their elegant facades. I’ve put together a slideshow of 19 such buildings that have been or likely will be saved because of their architectural merit (the post-1960s ones, like the Hine School on Capitol Hill or Bruce Monroe in Park View, tend to be torn down and rebuilt instead).

Special thanks to the Georgetown Metropolitan, which has lots more information on other ex-school buildings in that neighborhood.