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The former Howard High School building in Atlanta may be reopened as a middle school Atlanta Public Schools
<p>The former Howard High School building in Atlanta may be reopened as a middle school.</p>

Long-shuttered Atlanta high school could reopen as middle school

Howard High School was closed in 1976, but the building could be used to ease middle school crowding

The Atlanta school district is considering converting the long-shuttered Howard High School to a middle school.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that reusing the Howard building, which closed as a high school nearly 40 years ago, is one way to ease crowding at Inman Middle School, which has more than 1,000 students on a campus with an official capacity of 875.

Howard opened in 1924 as an elementary school and was later converted to a high school. It closed in 1976. The district last used the building in 2008 — for administrative functions.

The renovations needed to convert Howard to a middle school could cost more than $30 million, according to district estimates

The school has several notable alumni. Martin Luther King Jr. attended Howard when it was a grade school. Also attending classes at the campus were Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, and civil rights activist and presidential adviser Vernon Jordan.

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