Bush Middle School
|Bush Middle School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||1112 25th Street Ensley, (map)|
Ernest F. Bush Elementary School is a middle school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 1112 25th Street Ensley in Ensley. The principal is Vanessa Byrd, who succeeded Ethel Knight in 2008.
 Ensley School
Bush Middle School is the successor to the Ensley School which was founded at the corner of Avenue G and 23rd Street by the city of Ensley in 1901. It was financed under the provisions of the newly-ratified Alabama Constitution of 1901. A $7,000 loan for school construction was repaid from a special tax on saloons. By 1903 it was renamed for Ernest Forrest Bush, the first superintendent of schools for Ensley.
The cornerstone of the new building, named for Ensley school superintendent Ernest Bush, was laid on August 14, 1901 and construction was completed in October of that same year. The two-story brick schoolhouse was designed for 600 pupils. It featured a hipped roof with towers marking the inside corners where the wings joined the central building. Tall arched windows punctuated the thick walls at regular intervals. One thing the school lacked was a lunchroom. Students brought their own lunches and ate in the classrooms or outdoors. The opening of a candy shop across the street provided an opportunity to supplement their lunches with sweets.
Ensley School became part of the Birmingham City Schools system in 1910 when Ensley was annexed as part of the Greater Birmingham consolidation. The high school grades were transferred to the new Ensley High School the same year. The new school replaced the older Ensley School completely after the 1928 school year.
The present building was built in 1923 adjacent to Ensley High School and was designed by the same architect, David O. Whilldin. Additions to the school were completed in 1928, 1952, 1957 and in the 1990s.
In 2009 plans were made for $7 million in renovations to Councill Elementary, but interim superintendent Barbara Allen suggested joining the student body with that of Bush Middle School in a new K-8 school.
- A. A. Lyons, 1901
- W. H. Bowen, 1903
- Wampler, 1916
- J. T. Vaughn
- Ethel Knight, –2008
- Vanessa Byrd, 2008–
- Ensley City Directory (1903) Birmingham: Ensley Directory Company/Roberts & Son, Printers
- Prince, A. G. (1982) Landmarks of Ensley: Past and Present. revised edition. Ensley: Best Printing Service
- Gray, Jeremy (February 23, 2010) "Councill, Bush merger opponents voice concerns." Birmingham News
 External links
- Ernest F. Bush Elementary School at birmingham.schoolinsites.com