John F. Faith Elementary School – A.K.A. Tech High School

 

Tech High

Location:  1043 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

If you have ever traveled in the city of Atlanta, you have traveled down Memorial Drive at some point in your commute. It is hard to ignore the many historical buildings on Memorial Drive that have managed to survive the city’s current obsession with curbside, overly priced apartments. One of the many historical buildings along Memorial drive is the now-defunct Tech High.

Built in 1922, the 54,000-square-foot  schoolhouse was once named John F. Faith elementary school. In 1963, the school changed its name (probably after the desegregation of local schools). One of the coolest facts concerning the location of the defunct Tech High is that it is located on the site of  The Battle of Atlanta, a notable Civil War related event. If you are ever nearby, take a moment to read the historical placard located at the front of the building. Additionally, the school is located in the National Register of Historic Places registered Memorial Drive Corridor.

Unfortunately, Tech High has closed and Atlanta Public Schools has voted to approved the local non-profit Wonderoot to take over the building. Luckily, the building will be repurposed and put to use by the community rather than being razed and replaced with tacky condos, and townhomes.

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Further Reading:

  1. http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com/2014/08/11/wonderroot-wins-approval-to-expand-into-memorial-drive-schoolhouse/
  2. http://historyatlanta.com/endangered-memorial-corridor/
  3. http://www.atlantapreservationcenter.com/Memorial_Corridor
  4. http://gacharters.org/press-releases/atlantas-tech-high-charter-school-plans-to-close/

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