Martin Elementary School

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Martin Elementary School
Active 19011964
School type Public
District Birmingham City Schools
Grades 1-7
Location 1325 12th Street North, (map)

Alberto Martin Elementary School was an elementary school in the Birmingham City Schools system located at 1325 12th Street North adjoining Fountain Heights Park in the Fountain Heights neighborhood. It was named for pioneer Birmingham attorney Alberto Martin.

The first four-classroom unit of the school was built in 1901 on land donated by the Fountain Heights Land Company. W. L. Bottes of Chattanooga, Tennessee won the construction contract for $21,929.

Ten new classrooms were added to the original building in 1909, along with new plumbing and heating systems. The E. M. Lisle Company won the contract for $28,584. Construction was interrupted for numerous problems. City inspector W. O. Matthews found numerous unsafe conditions in the original structure, requiring its walls to be strengthened or rebuilt. The Birmingham Board of Education tried to suspend construction, and got Mayor Frank O'Brien to order a stop to the work when the contractor failed to comply. Several workers were taken into police custody and warned not to trespass on the site. Lisle maintained that the board had no right to terminate the contract and promised to sue.

By 1923 the Martin School had an enrollment of 745 students in grades 1 through 7. A report on the physical condition of the school by F. B. Dressler of the U.S. Bureau of Education found the school to have "a good building beautifully sited", with only a note that the indoor gymnasium was of makeshift construction.

The school closed in 1964.