Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has posted renderings on her blog of the former Howard High School in Old Fourth Ward, which will be transformed into a new home for Inman Middle School in 2020.
First opened in 1924 as a grammar school, the 7-acre campus eventually became David T. Howard High School in 1948 and produced noted students like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, NBA Hall of Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Olympic gold medalist Mildred McDaniel Singleton.
The school closed in 1976 and has since been used for APS office space and storage, while its sports fields have been in active use for various practices and matches.
Carstarphen said the Atlanta Board of Education has agreed to invest $52 million of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds – $47 million from the SPLOST most recently approved in May 2016, $5 million from the 2011 SPLOST – into the rebuilding of the campus.
APS is working with architecture, design and planning firm Stevens & Wilkinson, as well as with Lord Aeck Sargent, on the revitalization of the Howard Building. Carstarphen said due to the age of the property, extensive amounts of re-grading and site work are needed in order to bring the school site into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She said the building will have state-of-the-art classrooms and common spaces, as well as safe pedestrian and bike routes from the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and Freedom Parkway Trail, substantial bicycle parking on-site and additional on-site parking.
Read all of Carstarphen’s blog post at this link.