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History of Erwin Middle School

 

Erwin Middle School is located in the eastern section of Jefferson County in Centerpoint, AL. It was formerly a part of Erwin High School.

In 1957 the Jefferson County Board of Education purchased 38.38 acres of land from Sun Valley Acres, Inc. for the purpose of building a junior high school. This land company donated another twenty acres, making a total school acreage of 53.38 acres. The junior high school building consisted of twelve classrooms and a principal’s office.  

A four-classroom annex and a locker room for physical education classes were added to the junior high area in 1963. At the end of the first year of school there were 240 students enrolled in the junior high (grades 7-9).

In the spring of 1964 the board decided to build a high school in this area. Plans called for the dividing of E.B. Erwin Junior High School into two parts- Erwin Elementary (grades 1-6) and Erwin High School (grades 7-12).

During the 1964 school year, facilities were expanded to include a library, a lunchroom, and a two story administration building with twelve classrooms. A two-story science wing was completed in the fall of 1965. In 1966, construction of a large gymnasium was completed. The sixteen-classroom wing that housed the junior high was added the following year. The home economics, art department and vocational classrooms were added in 1971.

The athletics complex was started in 1961 as a community project financed by funds raised by volunteers and interested citizens. The baseball field was completed in 1993 by the coaches and several volunteers. The tennis courts were added to the Erwin campus in 1995. In 1995, the athletics complex was named after retiring principal, Dr. Micheal E. Burkett.

Erwin High School housed grades 7-12 from 1964 through 2011. In the fall of 2011, Erwin High School was renamed Centerpoint High School and grades 9-12 moved to a new multi-million dollar campus.

Erwin Middle School named its first principal Mr. Jay Gary in 2011. He was a great leader and has since taken over the principalship at Centerpoint Elementary.

On August 21, 2014 Erwin Middle received its 2nd principal, Mr. Kalvin Eaton. Mr. Eaton served in this capacity until June 2015. Jefferson County Board of Education appointed Serra Peterson as principal of EMS. She will began her appointment on July 1, 2015.

Mrs. Serra Harris Peterson serves as  Erwin Middle School's third principal and first female principal since its existence as a middle school. Mrs. Peterson's goal for EMS is to establish partnerships with all stakeholders while providing a welcoming and safe environment with instructional opportunites that enhances the whole student.

 


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