South Highland School

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This article is about the public school, for the private girls' school see South Highland School for Girls and for the nursing school, see South Highland School of Nursing
South Highland School
South Highland School.jpg
Active 1880s–1964
School type Public
District Highland (1880s-1893)
Birmingham (1893-1964)
Grades 1-8
Location 2030 Magnolia Avenue, (map)

The South Highland School was a public school located at 2030 Magnolia Avenue on the corner of 21st Street South, built by the Town of Highland in the late 1880s and later taken over by Birmingham City Schools when the town was annexed into Birmingham in 1893.

The original 12-classroom building was renovated and expanded with 12 more classrooms in a new 3-story wing in 1909. Miller & Martin were the architects for that work, which was completed by the Birmingham Building & Improvement Company at a total cost of $48,744.57.

Virginia Durr was a pupil at South Highland School in the 1910s. Birmingham City Schools first implemented the platoon system at the school, then the largest elementary school in the city, in 1919.

By the 1940s, the school taught grades 1 through 8. Notable faculty members in those years included Miss Anderson and Virginia Hanson.

The school closed in 1964 and was demolished in the next few years for construction of the Building Trades Tower apartments.



  • Annual Report of the Birmingham Public Schools (1910)
  • Weeks, J. D. (2007) Birmingham Then and Now. Then and Now Series. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Press. ISBN 9780738543666