Bush Hills STEAM Academy

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Bush Hills STEAM Academy
BCS small logo.png Birmingham City Schools
Years 1952present
Location 901 16th Street West, (map)
Bush Hills
Grades 6-8
Principal Ashley Samuels
Enrollment 261 (2008)
Colors red & white
Mascot Hawks
Website bhamcityschools.org

Bush Hills STEAM Academy (formerly Owenton Technical School, Charles B. Glenn Vocational High School, Charles B. Glenn Middle School, and Bush Hills K-8 School, is a middle school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 901 16th Street West in the Bush Hills neighborhood of Ensley.

Before 1911 a technical school was operating in the Owenton neighborhood, near Birmingham-Southern College in what is now Bush Hills.

In 1952 a new school, which replaced the closed Paul Hayne School as the system's primary school for vocational classes, was opened and named in honor of Charles Glenn, who had served as superintendent of Birmingham schools from 1921 to 1942.

In the mid-1960s the school offered classes in banking, restaurant management, practical nursing, homemaking, cosmetology, electronics, radio and television repair, welding, carpentry, commercial art, drafting, business skills, refrigeration and air conditioning, auto bodywork and repair, printing, and machining. In the evenings, a Glenn Community School was operated in the building for adult classes.

Until 1970 the school's athletic teams were called the "Rebels", and the yearbook, which first appeared in 1958, was named The Rebel. In 1971, after Birmingham schools were integrated, the athletic teams were renamed the "Hawks," and the yearbook renamed Images. Glenn High School was closed in 1985 and reopened in 1987 as a regular middle school.

Glenn Middle School was rebuilt as a K-8 school in 2010, taking in students from Wilson Elementary School. After construction was completed, the school was renamed. The new 73,840 square foot building was designed by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood architects. It includes a 200-seat cafeteria, a competition gymnasium, and a separate playground and carpool pick-up area for younger students.

Construction of the new $16 million school building was delayed when McCrory Building Company defaulted on its contract. The Blalock Building Company was selected to complete the work.

Bush Hills Academy was designated a "failing school" in early 2016 because of students' relatively low scores in the reading and math portions of the ACT Aspire test. The school was taken off of the list of "failing schools" in 2017 and 2018, but appeared again in 2019.



  • Ganucheau, Adam (February 11, 2016) "18 Birmingham schools designated as 'failing'." The Birmingham News

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