Martin Luther King Magnet at Pearl High School

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Martin Luther King Magnet
Martin Luther King High School 2009.jpg
"Excellence is our hallmark."
Location
613 17th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Information
Type Magnet High School
Established 1986
Principal Dr. Angela Carr
Grades 7-12
Number of students 1190
School color(s) Royal Blue and White
Mascot Royals
Newspaper 'The Royal Banner'
Yearbook 'King Chronicle'
Website

Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet for Health Sciences and Engineering at Pearl High School (or simply MLK Magnet) is a public magnet high school located in Nashville, Tennessee. MLK includes grades 7-12, and students enter through a lottery process similar to the other magnet schools in Nashville.

History[edit]

The school building that houses Martin Luther King Magnet was built in 1937 to house Pearl High School, an African-American school. The building was commissioned in 1936 by the Public Works Administration (PWA) and was designed by McKissack and McKissack, a prominent African-American architectural firm.[1] The building features a red brick veneer and Art Deco stylistic elements, in an architectural style commonly used by the PWA and known as PWA Moderne. The building was expanded in 1945 and 1963, again with designs by McKissack and McKissack.[2]

Nashville's first secondary magnet for grades 7-12 was MLK Magnet. After Pearl High moved numerous times, settling at 17th Avenue in the 1950s and eventually to its current location at Pearl Cohn Comprehensive High School, MLK Magnet, originally named Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School for the Health Sciences and Engineering, opened its doors in August 1986 at the former Pearl High with only grades 7-9, adding one grade per year until 1990 when it had its first graduating class of 25 students. A gymnasium was added to the building in 1995, designed by the Nashville architectural firm of Street, Dixon, Rick. The school's current name was adopted in 2001. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Student Body[edit]

MLK possesses one of the most diverse[clarification needed] student bodies in Nashville, with a majority enrollment of 55%[3] and an enrollment of economically disadvantaged students of 19%.[3] Over time, the faculty and student populations have diversified, along with the changing demographics of Nashville.

Distinctions[edit]

MLK Magnet is known for its academic program, focusing on math, science, and engineering. The school also has exceptional art, foreign language, band, and orchestra programs. This academic magnet school only offers courses in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) with the exception of P.E., certain engineering, and critical thinking courses.[4] In addition, MLK offers the unique Practica program as well as advanced and dual enrollment courses along with a partnership with the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt University.

In the 2007–2008 academic year MLK received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, for one of the best scientific and math-based academic programs in the country.[5] The school also has a renowned quiz bowl team - in 2007-2009, the school placed first at state competitions, second at the PACE national tournament in 2007, 13th at NAQT Nationals in 2007, and 7th at NAQT Nationals in 2008.[6] In addition, the MLK Magnet Mock Trial team reached the State competition in 2009 and 2011. They placed 7th in 2011 and took home Best Advocate for the Defense, Best Defense Witness.[7]

MLK Magnet is ranked in the top 113 of Newsweek's and U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of the top public high schools in America and 2nd overall in Tennessee.[citation needed]

It was announced in April 2013 that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the commencement speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School's graduation.

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Newsweek Top Public High Schools 90 (2)[8] 56 (2)[9] 30 (2)[10] 23 (1)[11] 56 (1)[12]
US News and World Report Best High Schools 80 (2) [13] 30 (2)[14] 30 (2)[14] 30 (2)[15] 41 (2)[16] 32 (1)[17]
US News and World Report Best High Schools for Math and Science 36 (1)[18] 36 (1)[19]

(School's rank within Tennessee given in parentheses)

Sports[edit]

MLK Magnet offers a variety of sports and competes regularly, as shown by numerous awards and rankings. MLK has also won many[quantify] TSSAA championships.[20] MLK has won two state championships in boy's basketball (1991,1996) a state championship in boy's track in 2005, with Anderson Skaggs as MVP, 2009 and 2010, a state championship in boy's cross-country in 2008 and 2009, a state runner-up in boy's track in 2004, and a state championship in doubles tennis in 2007. Recently, the MLK Girls Track Team has won TSSAA State Track Meet for three years straight, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Varsity Sports:

  • Boys/girls tennis
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Boys/girls track
  • Ice hockey
  • Boys/girls soccer
  • Softball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Football(with Pearl-Cohn High School)
  • Golf
  • Mascot
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Ultimate
  • Ping pong

Junior Varsity Sports:

  • Boys/girls basketball
  • Volleyball

Freshmen Sports:

  • Boys/girls basketball
  • Track (Boys)
  • Volleyball

Middle School Sports:

  • Boys/girls basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Boys/girls soccer
  • Boys/girls track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Rivals[edit]

MLK Magnet's sports and academic rival is Hume-Fogg High School located less than 2 miles from the school.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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