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Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School

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Southeast Atlanta is burgeoning - both economically with new developments and academically with Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School. The campus consists of three small learning communities: Engineering Early College, Fine Arts & Media Communications, and Information Technology. Named one of the best high schools in the nation by Business Week and U.S. News & World Report, Jackson educates students who go on to win robotics competitions, study abroad, and earn competitive college scholarships. The College Board recognized Jackson as a 2011 Advanced Placement Challenge School. Supporting Jackson are 20 community partnerships responsible for bringing medical students, entrepreneurs, theater and recording artists, and other professionals into the school regularly. With 18 years of service, the GE Foundation is one of Jackson's oldest partners. In 2011, Jackson became a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Program and began plans for its renovation into a state of the art facility.
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Topping Out Ceremony held at Maynard Holbrook Jackson H.S.
Newly renovated campus will open in January 2014
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Board of Education and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) held a topping out ceremony for the students, staff and community of Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School.
APS’ Maynard Holbrook Jackson H.S. seniors signed the beams that will become part of their new school’s permanent structure.                                                                                                    
Photo by Scott C. King, APS
Hosted by Atlanta Board of Education District 1 Representative Brenda J. Muhammad and APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., the ceremony was held outside the construction site of the newly renovated Jackson H.S., which is scheduled to open in January 2014. Principal Stephanie Johnson, Jackson H.S. seniors, staff, members of the Atlanta Board of Education, APS administrators, elected officials, community members, representatives from Perkins + Will and Winter Construction, and the Maynard Holbrook Jackson Foundation signed the final two beams that will become part of the school’s permanent structure.
An International Baccalaureate World School, the newly renovated Jackson H.S. will feature the following:

·       New competition and practice gymnasium
·       Improved performing arts spaces
·       New turf football field (can also be used for soccer, lacrosse, etc.)
·       400-meter track
·       Baseball field
·       New softball field
·       Three tennis courts
·       New classroom corridor
·       New media center
·       Newly renovated cafeteria

Superintendent Davis expressed his appreciation to the Perkins + Will design firm and Winter Construction Company for their work on the project. He also told the crowd that Mayor Maynard Jackson was “a force to be reckoned with who transformed everything he touched in Atlanta and beyond.” The program also included remarks from Atlanta Board of Education Chair Reuben R. McDaniel, III, At-Large Seat 8; Ms. Muhammad, who represents District 1; Barbara Crum, principal, K12 market sector leader, Perkins + Will; State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta); and Mrs. Valerie Jackson, wife of Maynard Holbrook Jackson.
Weekly progress reports for the M.H. Jackson H.S. project can be accessed at
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jackson H.S. is slated for the spring.


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