PHOTOS: Stratford STEM Magnet School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

StratRibb-6661 On April 28, Stratford STEM Magnet School and the East Nashville community cut the ribbon on its recently completed $20 million renovation, celebrating the first major high school renovation in Metro Schools’ recent history.

The new Stratford building was designed for the needs of modern high school learning with collaborative student spaces, adaptable classrooms and state of the art laboratories and technology.

Though the Stratford of today is much different than the Stratford of 1961, it is returning to its roots. In August 2016, Stratford will open its doors to middle school students once again, serving grades 5-12 with a rich STEM education and opportunities unlike any offered at schools across Nashville.

Stratford has been an East Nashville institution for 55 years. It was the last school built by the Davidson County school system, before the Nashville Metro government formed in 1962 and merged the county’s school boards into the Metropolitan Board of Education. It opened as middle and high school, serving grades 7-12, and quickly established itself as a progressive and groundbreaking school. It was one of the first schools in Nashville to integrate its faculty and show significant progress in student integration.

The school has a long history of offering advanced science and engineering programs, a tradition that continues as Stratford STEM Magnet School.

The April 28 ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Stratford students, parents and faculty, Chris Henson, Interim Director of Schools, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Board of Education members, Anthony Davis, Metro Council Representative, as well as local officials and business leaders.

View and download photos from the event below: