Gate City Elementary School

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Gate City Elementary School
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Years 19552011
Location 6910 Georgia Road, (map)
Gate City
District 3
Cluster I
Grades 1-5
Principal Allen Lewis
Enrollment 163 (2008)

Gate City Elementary School was an elementary school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 6910 Georgia Road in the Gate City neighborhood of the East Lake community.

The present school building was constructed in 1955 for the 700 children living at Marks Village public housing, which opened in 1952.

In 1957 neighborhood leaders complained that students were playing in an open drainage ditch behind the school which had been identified as a nuisance and possible source of hepatitis by the Jefferson County Health Department. They asked the Birmingham City Commission to cover it, but Commissioner J. T. Waggoner, Sr informed them that the city could only afford such projects if the neighborhood raised half the cost themselves.

Under recent school consolidation plan proposed by acting superintendent Barbara Allen and approved by the Board of Education, Oliver Elementary School closed in the summer of 2008, with students transferring into Gate City Elementary. It was later decided to rebuild Oliver Elementary and transfer Gate City's students.