Mountain Brook Elementary School

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Mountain Brook Elementary School
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Established 1928
School type Public
District Mountain Brook Schools
Grades K-6
Principal Belinda Treadwell
Enrollment 560 (2015)
Colors red and white
Mascot Lancers
Location 3020 Cambridge Road
Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook Elementary School is a school in the Mountain Brook Schools system. It was founded in 1928 as a Jefferson County school, on an 11-acre site given to the county by Mountain Brook developer Jemison Company.

The county hired Denham & Denham architects to prepare plans for a two-story, eight-room school building. Their English Tudor-style design coordinated with the overall design theme for nearby Mountain Brook Village. Landscape architect William Kessler planned the playground and athletic fields adjoining the school. Classes were held in separate buildings in the nearby commercial village until the $45,000 schoolhouse was completed in 1929.

Initially the Mountain Brook School accommodated 143 students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The City of Mountain Brook was incorporated in 1942 and created a separate Mountain Brook Board of Education in 1959, assuming responsibility for the Mountain Brook School, which by then had been expanded with an auditorium, a cafeteria and two additional classrooms. Four more classrooms and a gymnasium were added soon later.

During the city's rapid growth in the 1960s, the board considered closing the aging school, but neighbors rallied to preserve the building and raised funds to install air conditioning and other improvements. A new playground was built with funds raised during the school's 50th anniversary combined reunion in 1979. A major addition in the mid-1990s provided needed space for a growing student body. The last major project, completed in 2006, included renovations to the auditorium as well as eight new classrooms and a special education suite.




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