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Though we tend to think of the local collegiate landscape as fixed, the District’s institutions of higher learning have been in flux as long as such institutions have existed (as the recent news that George Washington will absorb the Corcoran College of Art + Design confirms). Schools swap out names (Gallaudet was the Kendall School, the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind, and the National Deaf Mute College before wisely settling on its current name); they occasionally move to Michigan (goodbye, Potomac University); and they get eaten up by other colleges. A dozen schools, some dating back to the 1820s, dot the family trees of more familiar universities like Georgetown. In honor of this week’s Education issue, we salute D.C. colleges of yesteryear.