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Floretta Dukes McKenzie, American public school administrator. Recipient Outstanding Service Performance award District of Columbia Board Education, 1973; Mayor's Distinguished award Washington Office of Mayor, 1973; Outstanding Service award Montgomery County Board, Rockville, 1979; named Woman of Year Metropolitan Young Women’s Christian Association, 1983.


McKenzie, Floretta Dukes was born on August 19, 1935 in Lakeland, Florida, United States. Daughter of Ruth (Jeter) Dukes.


Bachelor of Science, District of Columbia Teachers College, 1956. Master of Arts, Howard University, 1957. Doctor of Education, George Washington University, 1985.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Williams College, 1983. Doctor of Hebrew Literature (honorary), Trinity College, Washington, 1982. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Georgetown University, 1986.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Catholic University, 1987.


Teacher public schools, Baltimore, 1957-1967. Teacher Washington, 1957-1967. Assistant superintendent, deputy District of Columbia Public Schools, 1969-1974.

Assistant superintendent Montgomery Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland, 1974-1977. Assistant deputy superintendent Maryland State Department Education, Baltimore, 1977-1979. Deputy assistant secretary United States Department Education, Washington, 1979-1981.

Superintendent District of Columbia Public Schools, since 1981. Consultant College Entrance Board, Washington, National Institute of Education Urban Superintendent Network, since 1980. Education consultant Ford Foundation, Washington, 1981.


Hell is a real place existing outside of God—an eternal separation between soul and God. Hell was created originally for Satan and his devils as a place of incredible torment.


Religious liberty is not merely the right to remain in the religion of one’s birth, but includes the right of anyone to change his religious loyalties without fear of persecution.


The Bible can be puzzling but it is continually a source of inspiration and direction in lives of people.


Member Washington Area Study Council, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Phi Delta Kappa, Gamma Theta Upsilon.


Children– Kevin D., Dona R.

Ruth (Jeter) Dukes McKenzie

Kevin D. McKenzie

Dona R. McKenzie