The only public university in DC, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and has roots as a “school for colored girls” in 1851. It’s original name was the Miner Normal School. After desegregation, in 1955, the then Miner Teachers College and Wilson Teachers college merged to form the District of Columbia Teachers College. Today’s UDC is a combination of The District of Columbia Teachers College, The Federal City College, and the Washington Technical Institute.
Notable Alumni Include: Ambassador Denis G. Antoine; Cathy L. Lanier, DC Chief of Police; and Richard Pennington, Chief of Atlanta Police.