By this time next year, Atlanta middle-schoolers could be heading to class in a reimagined building that was once the stomping grounds of local icons Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson, and Walt Frazier.
It’s been more than 40 years since the old building—formerly the David T. Howard High School, and an elementary school before that—has seen Atlanta youths marching down its halls, and it’d since fallen into disrepair.
Last year, however, Atlanta Public Schools began a more than $50 million renovation of the historic structure that’s expanding the institution and turning it into the new Howard Middle School, part of the system’s Grady cluster.
Last week, APS officials, future students, and alumni celebrated the topping out of new structures at Howard, according to Atlanta INtown.
Plenty of work remains before the campus is ready for its planned August 2020 reopening, but construction efforts are plainly visible from the Old Fourth Ward streets surrounding it.
New parking lots have been built, new buildings—or the frames of them, at least—are standing immediately to the south and west of the original red-brick structure, and other updates are well underway.
Have a gander at the progress in these photos below.