Courtesy Midtown High School.

Atlanta Public Schools hosted two ceremonies on Wednesday to celebrate the expansion and renaming of Midtown High School as well as its stadium.

The school and stadium had been named for Henry W. Grady, a 19th century journalist and orator who was a supporter of white supremacy. The Atlanta Board of Education voted last fall to rename the school and its stadium. A student vote settled unanimously on the name Midtown

The school opened this fall with a $34.9 million renovation including a four-level addition and new classrooms, science labs, media center, administrative offices, and more.

The school’s stadium is now officially known as Eddie S. Henderson Stadium. An APS alumni, coach and principal, the late Henderson was also the first African American in Georgia to be certified as an athletic director.

Read more about the renovation of Midtown High at this link.

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.