McArthur Elementary

F.D. McArthur Elementary was a former Birmingham city school located in the Druid Hills neighborhood. Originally called 17th Avenue School, the building was constructed in 1910. The school mascot was the Hornets, and school colors were green and white. The school was later renamed after local attorney and Birmingham Board of Education president F.D. McArthur.

McArthur

McArthur

An eight-room addition was added in 1941 after a neighboring school was destroyed by fire. F.D. McArthur Elementary was closed in May 1997 due to budget cuts and dwindling enrollment. The City of Birmingham tried to sell it in 2003 to a church but the deal fell through.

McArthur

McArthur

McArthur

McArthur

McArthur

In 2008, former Mayor Larry Langford announced a South Korean-owned firm, which was interested in the adjacent medical center, would also purchase the school. They would also invest $3 million to renovate it into a nursing school for Korean students who wanted to work in the United States. The project was never realized. Today, like many closed Birmingham city schools, F.D. McArthur Elementary continues to rot away. The property is currently for sale by the city.

McArthur

McArthur

McArthur

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