BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan on Wednesday addressed rumors of A.H. Parker High School closing.
Dr. Sullivan said the rumors are false, and added that there are no current or future plans to the close the school.
"Baseless and unfounded statements have surfaced recently regarding the future of the historic Arthur Harold Parker High School, the first public high school for Blacks in Alabama. There are no current or future plans to close this institution, that has produced world leaders in business, education, civil rights, science, ministry, arts, entertainment and other areas of influence," said Dr. Sullivan.
Dr. Sullivan said the school system is excited about the city's plans to infuse the area surrounding the high school with new housing and businesses.
These plans are expected to help with the school's enrollment and give more students an opportunity to learn in one of the "nation’s most historic high schools," according to Dr. Sullivan.