Howard High School building from Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward.

As part of a plan to ease overcrowding in the “Grady cluster” of Atlanta Public Schools, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has proposed reopening historic David T. Howard High School in the Old Fourth Ward as a middle school.

Carstarphen will present her plan in a community meeting at Inman Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.

The Grady cluster, which includes Grady High School, Inman Middle School, Mary Lin Elementary School, Hope-Hill Elementary and Springdale Park Elementary, is one of the district’s most overcrowded, according to a report in the AJC.

Howard High School, which was attended by Martin Luther King Jr., first opened as an elementary school in 1924 but was later converted to a high school. It closed in 1976 and was used as administrative offices up until 2008. It’s sports fields are still regularly used by soccer teams.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.