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More Washington High DC School Cadet Corps

Early I wrote a post about the Washington High DC School Cadet Corps.

A few months ago while performing research at the Martin Luther King Library in downtown Washington DC, I came across several photos of  Washington High DC School Cadet Corps.  I was surprise to find a photo of a female cadet corps since  everything I read about the cadet corps indicated it was for males only.

I decided to post them here to compliment my earlier post.

5th Battalion Cardozo High School April 12, 1951

5th Battalion Cardozo High School April 12, 1951
Reprinted with permission of the DC Public Library, Star Collection, © Washington Post

Captain William Brandenburg  and principal, Dr. Elmer S. Netwon

Captain William Brandenburg of Western High School Company H, High School Cadets, received the Allison Nailor, diamond-studded medal from his own principal, Dr. Elmer S. Netwon, who was the reviewing office.
Courtesy DC Public Library, Washingtoniana Division

Western High School Cadets – 1942
Courtesy DC Public Library, Washingtoniana Division

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  1. Jean
    December 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    What was the purpose of the cadet corps? I have found some photos of my father in his cadet uniform. He graduated from Central High School in 1927. It was listed as a “social club” in his yearbook entry.

    • December 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      HI Jean,

      From my understanding the Cadets Corps was a precursor of the Junior ROTC. The purpose of the corps was to teach them disciple and leadership.

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