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The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was established in 1974 and remains the sole D.C. public high school to offer a dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment, in preparation for college and careers in the arts. Arts programs include Dance, Literary Media and Communications, Museum Studies, Instrumental or Vocal Music, Theatre, Technical Design and Production, and Visual Arts. The mission of Ellington is to nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills.