Meet our namesake

John Marshall Harlan High School, the District’s 11th comprehensive high school, will open in August 2017 and is being built with funds from the voter-approved School Bond 2014.
John Marshall Harlan served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1877 to 1911. Harlan, a Kentuckian, had the nickname “The Great Dissenter” because he was the only justice to vote against the outcome of Plessy v Ferguson in 1896 and other cases that solidified the legal standing of segregation until the high court and Congress began to dissolve those laws in the 1950s and 1960s.
Harlan High School, which will eventually serve about 3,000 students, is being built to relieve overcrowding at Taft, Brennan, and O’Connor high schools.