Hudson K-8 School
|Hudson K-8 School|
|Birmingham City Schools|
|Location||3300 F. L. Shuttlesworth Drive, (map)|
|Colors||red & black|
Hudson School was first established in 1908 in a church on 30th Avenue North and 33rd Street. The first permanent school building was built on the current site in 1922. It was soon re-named for Bertram Hudson, the first African American educator in Birmingham.
Five additions were made to the original building in the early 1950s, and the school was formally accredited in 1977.
Under a school consolidation plan proposed by acting superintendent Barbara Allen and approved by the Board, Hudson K-8 moved to a new $14.5 million building in the summer of 2009 with some students transferring in from Kirby Middle School. The new 70,000 square foot brick-clad building was designed by Charles Williams & Associates.
That summer, just before the school opened its doors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted soil tests at the school, which lies within the 35th Avenue Superfund Site. Results from the test, publicized a year later, showed high levels of arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the soil, possibly from a nearby Walter Coke operation. The EPA oversaw a major project, funded by Walter Coke, to remove and replace contaminated topsoil on the school property and on 23 nearby residential lots.
Based on test scores from 2017, Hudson was deemed a "failing school" under the terms of the Alabama Accountability Act, permitting parents to claim tax credits to transfer students to another school. Hudson remained on the list in 2018 and 2019.
- Bryant, Joseph D. (March 3, 2008) "Hudson School students discover history has real-life roots." The Birmingham News
- Leech, Marie (July 3, 2011) "Toxic substances found in soil of almost-new Birmingham school." The Birmingham News
- Hudson K-8 School at cwilliams-arch.com