F. D. McArthur School
|F. D. McArthur School|
|District||Birmingham City Schools|
|Colors||green and white|
|Location||2416 17th Avenue North, (map)|
F. D. McArthur School (originally 17th Avenue School, also F. D. McArthur Elementary School) was a former Birmingham city school located on the northwest corner of 17th Avenue North and 25th Street in Druid Hills, near Carraway Hospital.
The school was closed in May 1997. A 2003 agreement to sell the property to a church fell through. On June 13, 2004 the Birmingham City Council agreed to buy the McArthur School, Baker Elementary School and Fairview Elementary Schools from the school system for a total of $654,000. The purpose of the transaction was to bank land for future residential use.
In 2008 Mayor Larry Langford announced that Shinsegae USA, Inc., a South Korean-owned firm which was interested in the adjacent medical center, would also purchase the school building and invest $2.5-3 million to renovate it as a nursing school for Korean students who wanted to work in the United States. That project was never realized.
- "Birmingham sells McArthur School" (September 24, 2003) The Birmingham News
- DeButts, Jimmy (June 25, 2008) "Physicians Medical Center's South Korean investors to buy, restore McArthur School." Birmingham Business Journal
- Velasco, Anna and Joseph Bryant (June 26, 2008) "South Koreans to invest in Norwood as well as hospital." The Birmingham News