Barrett Elementary School

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Barrett Elementary School
Barrett School.jpg
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1901present
Location 7601 Division Avenue, (map)
East Lake
District 4
Cluster I
Grades K-5
Principal Wanda Birchfield
Enrollment 532 (2008)
Colors green & white
Mascot Wildcats

Nathaniel A. Barrett Elementary School is an elementary school in the Birmingham Public School System that feeds into L. Frazier Banks Middle School. The school is located at 7601 Division Avenue in the East Lake neighborhood of the East Lake community. The principal is Wanda Birchfield.

Barett was originally called East Lake School when it opened in 1901. It was renamed in honor of then-East Lake mayor Nathaniel A. Barrett, a year before East Lake merged into the city of Birmingham and 16 years before Barett was elected President of the Birmingham City Commission.

By 1923 the school was serving 810 students. The Birmingham Board of Education's Survey of Birmingham Schools published that year found that "The Barrett building is a fire hazard. It is also insanitary, over-crowded, poorly-lighted and ventilated. The toilets are dark and insanitary. The stairs are inflammable and the dry floor joists are exposed over the furnace." The survey also found insufficient space for outdoor playgrounds and recommended that the building be replaced.

Instead of being torn down, Barrett school was expanded with new wings in 1925 and 1928, containing thirteen more classrooms, a music room and office. A lunchroom was added later. In 1955 the original portion of the school was demolished and replaced adjacent to the 1928 wing for the 1956 school year. The new building added 17 classrooms and a library. A two-story east wing was added on in 1960 for the 1961 school year.

In 1978 the school was fully refurbished with new windows, carpets, ceilings, lighting and air conditioning.

In 1989 the school, which had served kindergarten through 8th grade students was reconfigured into an elementary school serving K-5. The school was fully renovated in 2000, and a new east wing was completed in 2002.

School colors are green and white, and the nickname is "Barrett Wildcats"