Oct. 8, 2015 - Atlanta - The event included a tour of David T. Howard school, which closed in 1976. The former school is filled with peeling paint, plaster and debris. APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen delivered her State of the District address at the Howard School, where Martin Luther King once attended elementary school. APS hopes to use funds from the next SPLOST to reopen Howard, closed since 1976, as a middle school. David T. Howard operated as a school from 1924 to 1976. After 1976 it was then used for other purposes until APS closed it. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Recommended name chosen for MLK’s childhood school reopening in Atlanta 

A committee has recommended that the Atlanta school relocating to the historic building where Martin Luther King Jr. attended class be named the David T. Howard Middle School. 

The change won’t be a huge shift for the old building, which was previously the David T. Howard High School. 

Before it became a high school, King attended third through sixth grade there in 1936 to 1940.

The sprawling brick building in the Old Fourth Ward was where some of Atlanta Public Schools most famous alumni attended high school, including former Mayor Maynard Jackson and basketball star Walt “Clyde” Frazier. 

The high school closed in the 1970s. 

APS is now in the middle of a $52 million renovation and expansion of the building. It will reopen next fall as a middle school, housing students who currently attend Inman Middle School.

Howard, a former slave who founded the city’s first black-owned bank, donated the property where the school is located. APS already has a school named Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

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