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.