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Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School
School Classification: M, S, L
AVG SAT: 1849
AVG ACT: 26.5
AVG AP SCORE:3.2
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.63
613 17th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203, United States
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.
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. 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.
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.