Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School is a school located in Washington, D.C., that was built and named in honor of the African-American mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher, Benjamin Banneker. The school population is around a mere 400 and the head of school is Anita Berger. Benjamin Banneker Academic High School is one of the many IB world schools. It is one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, and is currently ranked 46th in Newsweek Magazine's 2007 Top 1,000 High Schools. BBAHS (often short for Benjamin Banneker Academic High School) is home of Team 928: Hounds of Steel, a robotics team that annually competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Benjamin Banneker Academic High School serves the entire District of Columbia. However, because of its high academic excellence, prospective students must apply and be accepted into BBAHS. Students in the surrounding community are not necessarily able to attend Banneker AHS, due to the rigorous requirements for admittance. These students often find admittance at a local high school located just a few blocks away from Benjamin Banneker AHS, Cardozo Senior High School.

Program Highlights

Banneker AHS is D.C.'s citywide academic high school, grades 9 through 12. The school offers a highly structured four-year program leading to college entrance.



Benjamin Banneker AHS is home of team 928, Hounds of Steel, a robotics team that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. During the 2006 season, in the game named Aim High, they were able to reach 9th overall rank in the NASA/VCU Regionals event, with their robot, Noodlehead (named after a team-member, Jun Mo W., also known by many as the Head Mechanic for the team, created a system in which noodles were integrated onto the robot). That year Team 928 was able to participate in the 2006 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, held in Atlanta, Georgia's Georgia Dome.

During the 2007 season, they were again tremendously successful in playing the game Rack 'n Roll. Their robot, named Argo (given by Mark H., the team's and school's robotics coordinator), placed 1st in NASA/VCU Regionals. They were able to win against all the other teams in the semi-final matches, however, lost in the finals.

The robotics club also participated in the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams with their invention (a cell-phone locker). The invention was extremely successful, and has been showcased at numerous events. It is currently under a pending patent.

External links

Official school web page
International Bacchalaureate Organization
Official "Team 928" web page (created by Mariela C.)


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