Eagan School

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Eagan School
Eagan School.jpg
Active 19201993
School type Public
District Birmingham City Schools
Grades 1-7
Location 1716 31st Avenue North, (map)

The John J. Eagan School (originally ACIPCO School) was an elementary school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 1716 31st Avenue North in the Acipco-Finley neighborhood.

The two-story brick school opened on October 20, 1920 with six classrooms and an auditorium. In 1923 it was serving 299 students in first through seventh grades. At that time the schoolhouse was described as "safe, well-lighted and ventilated" with "ample playground space."

On November 1, 1946 the school was renamed in honor of John Eagan (1870-1924), the founder of the American Cast Iron Pipe Company who was remembered for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of employees and their families.

The school closed in 1989. The vacant building was sold in 1993 to Wee Care Academy as a day-care center. The cost of abating asbestos made the proposed re-use unfeasible.

It was since been demolished for a Colonial RV dealership. Colonial owner Wayne Lutley planned to allow community groups to use the showroom for meetings and events. The property is currently occupied by GDH Truck Sales.



  • Birmingham Board of Education (1923) The Birmingham School Survey.
  • Jackson, Harold (November 1993) "Wee Care Academy: the challenges and triumphs of launching Birmingham's first Afrocentric day-care centers - Alabama business started by Gaynell and Elias Hendricks in 1988." Black Enterprise
  • Seale, Melissa (undated clipping) "Eagan Elementary being torn down." The Birmingham News