Central Park Elementary School
|Central Park Elementary School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||4915 Avenue Q Ensley, (map)|
Central Park neighborhood
|Colors||blue & gold|
Central Park Elementary School (formerly Central Park Grammar School and Central Park Community School) is an elementary school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 4915 Avenue Q facing Central Park in the Central Park neighborhood of the Five Points West community. The principal is Nichole Davis.
The first school building, with four classrooms, opened in October 1914 to serve white students from Monte Sano School in Vinesville. A four classroom addition was completed in 1922 and the following year the school was comfortably accommodating 415 students in grades 1 through 7. The Birmingham School Survey of that year found, however, that the school lacked specialized rooms for physical education, stage programs, shops, laboratories and a library.
A new open-air stadium, named for principal Edgar Keenan, was dedicated in 1940. In 1943 Central Park students sold enough war bonds to earn a "Minute Man Flag" from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In the 1950s significant structural problems were documented in the aging school building.
The school moved to a new 80,000 square foot building, designed by Gresham, Smith & Partners in April 1994. The building featured separate wings for different grade levels, and was designed to be "readable" by students, with clearly established structural and decorative elements. The scale of the exterior, clad in brick and split-faced concrete block, was modulated with classrooms backing up to neighboring houses and large-scale elements facing the park.
Under the guidelines of the Alabama Accountability Act of 2015 Central Park Elementary was designated as a "failing" school by the Alabama Department of Education in 2016. It was removed from the list in 2017.
- Birmingham Board of Education (1923) The Birmingham School Survey.
- "Central Park School First To Win 'Minute Man' Flag" (October 21, 1943) The Birmingham Post - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- "New Central Park Elementary Ready: $5 Million School Will House 715 Excited Students." (April 14, 1994) The Birmingham News
- Dietlein, Patricia Crim & Alvin W. Hudson (2005) Central Park and a Bit Beyond : An Illustrated History in Observance of the Centennial of the Central Park Community of Birmingham, Alabama. Quitman, Mississipii: Specialty Publishing and Printing
- Phillips, Ryan (February 11, 2016) "Birmingham City Schools see staggering number of failing schools." Birmingham Business Journal