P. D. Jackson-Olin High School
|P. D. Jackson-Olin High School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||1300 Avenue F Ensley, (map)|
|Colors||Kelly green & gold|
P. D. Jackson-Olin High School, opened on September 17, 1952 as Western High School, moved to its current location in 2006 after merging with Ensley Magnet High School. It is currently the largest high school in the Birmingham Public School System, serving over 1,700 students from the Ensley area. The school is located at 1300 Avenue F Ensley adjacent to McAlpine Park near Village Creek.
Jackson-Olin's teams are called the Mustangs and the school colors are kelly green and gold.
After a $600,000 gift from the Franklin W. Olin Foundation for a vocational building, the school was named Western Olin High School in 1953. The high school was accredited by the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges in 1957.
In Fall 2006, Jackson-Olin moved to a new $30.8 million, 300,000 square foot building and merged its student body with the former Ensley High School. The new school has a capacity of 1,800 students in 90 classrooms on 2 floors. There ise a 450 seat cafeteria, 1,800 seat gymnasium, 750 seat auditorium, a practice gym and a football stadium at the new campus. A career wing houses classrooms for auto repair, welding, and culinary arts as well as science labs. Goodwin Mills and Cawood were the architects for the new building, and Doster Construction was the general contractor.
Since the merger, the school has been the scene of frequent fights between the former rivals. After only a few months there had been 70 arrests and four expulsions originating at the school. In October the board contracted with Jarvis Patton to provide mediation services aimed at reducing tension. In December Superintendent Stan Mims appointed Anthony Gardner to serve as Co-Principal, with responsibility over operations. After a stint as principal at Hayes High School, Gardner returned to Jackson-Olin in 2008 and was succeeded by Janice Drake in 2011.
- Pierre Jackson, 1952-1973
- Andrew Jones, 1973-1977
- Charles Townsend, 1977-1992
- Doris Willis, 1992-1997
- Linda Parsons, 1997-2008
- Anthony Gardner, 2008-2010
- Janice Drake, 2011-
- Michael Ansley, basketball player
- Mike Anderson, basketball coach
- Carl Bailey, basketball player
- Leroy Bandy, Birmingham City Council
- Vonetta Flowers, Olympic medalist
- Reginald Jones, attorney
- Barbara Humphrey, track coach
- Reggie King, basketball player
- Bernard Kincaid (1962), former Birmingham mayor
- Willie James McCurdy (1961), outsider artist
- Annetta Nunn, former Birmingham police chief
- David Palmer, football player
- Gary Richardson, radio executive and Mayor of Midfield
- Walton, Val (May 27, 2006) "School is out for aging Ensley High School." The Birmingham News
- Hickerson, Patrick (December 7, 2006) "Co-principal assigned to Jackson-Olin High". The Birmingham News
- Ruisi, Anne (May 23, 2012) "Birmingham's Jackson-Olin High celebrates its 60th year all weekend." The Birmingham News
- Phillips, Ryan (February 11, 2016) "Birmingham City Schools see staggering number of failing schools." Birmingham Business Journal
- Jackson-Olin High School website
- Western/Jackson-Olin Alumni Association website
- Jackson-Olin High School football history from ahsfhs.org website
| Birmingham High Schools|