Birmingham University School
|Birmingham University School|
|Location||3609 Montclair Road, (map)|
The program featured a wide array of academic associations such as a Latin club, drama club, as well as a debate team. BUS' athletic program included football, basketball, baseball, soccer, as well as track & field teams. The school mascot was the Knights and its yearbook was called the Equestria. Its motto was pro virili parte ("to the best of one's ability"). The school's philosophy was related thus in the 1962 yearbook:
"The School is definitely a college preparatory school for boys. It is dedicated to excellence in education. In order to attain high goals of educational proficiency, student applicants are carefully screened to determine capability and aptitudes as prerequisites for admission.
An enriched curriculum provides unusual challenges for intelligent reasoning and accelerated learning in the areas of English, modern languages, mathematics, science, history and civics.
Small classes taught by thoroughly qualified men teachers insure ideal results.
Incentives, skillful guidance and encouragement are tremendous factors in the development of skills and character traits that lead to success in this school and in the field of higher education." (p. 7)
In 1954 the school moved into a new campus at 3609 Montclair Road, along the Mountain Brook / Birmingham city limits. Daniel Construction completed a second two-story building in 1956 to a design by architect Charles McCauley.
A gymnasium was completed in 1959, along with new library and laboratory equipment and the purchase of an adjoining parcel. The school used the adjoining five-acre Erskine Ramsay Park for its athletic fields.
BUS initially offered courses for elementary, middle, and high school grades, but by the school's final year of operation in 1975, the school only offered grades 6 through 12. Although the school was founded as an all-male institution, by the 1973-1974 academic year, the school employed female faculty and admitted female students.
- Basil Parks, 1922–1940
- Robert L. Johnson, 1940–1945
- H. Hardy Perritt, –1962
- J. Clyde Orr (interim), 1962
- Frank Marshall Jr, 1963–1968
- Miles Lovelace, 1968–1974
- Beiman, Irving (May 16, 1956) "Building boom in state shows no slow downs." The Birmingham News, p. 6
- Equestria, vv. 1960, 1962, 1974, and 1975; archived on the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections at .
- BUS Centennial website