Cameron Elementary School
|Cameron Elementary School|
|District||Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||6910 Georgia Road, (map)|
Cameron Elementary School was an elementary school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 800 14th Street South in Birmingham's Southside. It was built at a cost of $6,000 and opened in 1892 to serve Black students. The school was named in honor of Judge W. J. Cameron, who served on the Birmingham Board of Education from 1890 to 1896 and was later a member of the Jefferson County Commission.
Cameron Elementary School's second floor housed the first classes for Industrial High School in 1900. In 1902 the school had an enrollment of 260 students. W. C. Davis was principal, assisted by teachers Anna Simmons, Irene Smith and Brunetta Hill.
By 1923 the school was serving 986 students in grades 1-7, which was only a fraction of the demand from families living in the city's South-Central district, and at the same time almost three times as many students as the eight-room structure with its four added rooms could safely accommodate. its light wood frame construction was no longer considered suitable for public schools.
By 1945 the aging school served 815 students. Its only stair was supported by temporary braces and corrugated cardboard was used to patch over sections of broken plaster walls. In 1944 part of a plaster classroom ceiling collapsed, causing minor injuries to a student.