Report: Grady High School set for $40 million expansion, renovation

A rendering of the Grady High expansion.

Grady High School in Midtown is set for a nearly $40 million renovation and expansion after the Atlanta School Board approved a $34.9 million construction management contract with Parrish Construction Group.

According to a report in the AJC, the total project will cost $39.5 million, including design, construction and other costs.

Grady, located just across from Piedemont Park at the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive, was last renovated in 2005. The original building that faces Charles Allen Drive dates back to 1924 when the school was known as Boys High School.

Atlanta Public Schools officials said some of the main overcrowding issues are in the media center and cafeteria during peak hours.

The expansion will add new classroom space, while renovations will be made to the gym, auditorium, media center and cafeteria.

The project will be paid for by money from the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) approved by voters in 2017. Work is expected to be complete on the expansion and renovations by summer 2021 in time for the next school year.

As work it set to begin at Grady, it continues on time at the former David T. Howard School in Old Fourth Ward, which is set to open next August. The more than $50 million project, also funded by the SPLOST, will revive Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater more than four decades after it closed.