Glen Iris Elementary School
|Glen Iris Elementary School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||1115 11th Street South, (map)|
|Colors||green & gold|
Glen Iris School was constructed with $11,000 from bonds issued in 1918 and 1919, but the projects were delayed by World War I. The original Tudor-style brick school building, arranged around a central courtyard, was designed by architect D. O. Whilldin. The first 2-story unit was completed in 1923, and a second in 1928, providing 14 classrooms, including special rooms for a kindergarten, domestic science lab, and manual training.
Originally Glen Iris School served grades K-12, and continued as a K-8 school after the construction of Ramsay High School in 1939. In 1989 the system added middle schools, keeping Glen Iris as a K-5 elementary school.
Student and faculty volunteers from UAB often participate in Glen Iris classrooms. The school was the first to receive XO laptops for each student provided by the City of Birmingham in 2008. On October 8 of that year, UAB student Kayla Fanaei was shot to death during an attempted late-night robbery in the school's parking lot.
In May 2012 principal Wilson spent 26 hours on the roof of the school building as part of a fund-raiser for construction of a school garden and outdoor classroom.
- Birmingham Board of Education (1931) Report of Progress Birmingham public schools 1921-1931. Birmingham: Birmingham Board of Education
- Shelby, Thomas Mark (2009) D. O. Whilldin: Alabama Architect. Birmingham: Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 0943994330
- Temple, Chanda (May 5, 2012) "Birmingham's Glen Iris Elementary School principal comes down off roof after raising $22,000." Birmingham News