F.D. McArthur Elementary was a former Birmingham city school located in the Druid Hills neighborhood. Built on the site of the old 17th Avenue School, the building was constructed in 1910. The school mascot was the Hornets, and the school colors were green and white. The school was later renamed after a local attorney and Birmingham Board of Education president F.D. McArthur. An eight-room addition was added in 1941 after a neighboring school was destroyed by fire. In 2008, former Mayor Larry Langford announced a South Korean-owned firm, which was interested in nearby Carraway Hospital, also planned to purchase the school. The firm’s plan included a $3 million renovation. Unfortunately, the project never materialized. Today, like many closed Birmingham city schools, F.D. McArthur Elementary continues to rot away. Check out my book Abandoned Birmingham for more.