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First-Time Principal will Lead D.C.’s First All-Male Public High School

Ben Williams had 30 minutes to convince a group of eighth-grade boys that they should go to a high school without any girls.

The 6-foot, 36-year-old towered over the eight black teenagers seated in the middle school library. He asked what they thought when they saw him.

The students scanned Williams’s blue fitted suit, his leather loafers and coordinating caramel-colored belt. They hesitated just a few seconds before they started raising their hands.