Meridian Star

October 11, 2012

Appraisal scheduled for Kate Griffin school building

By Ida Brown /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The last day of school at Kate Griffin Junior High School on Dec. 18, 2009, marked the end of an era in Meridian's education history.

    However, a new era may be dawning for the school affectionately known as "K.G."

    At a special called meeting of the Meridian Public School Board this week, it was announced that a potential buyer is interested in purchasing the Kate Griffin School building. But the board has to take care of one matter before going any further.

    "We will obtain an appraisal on the property," said MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor. "After the appraisal, we will see if the potential buyer is interested in moving forward with the purchasing process."

    In operation from the early 1900s, K.G. served as an institution of learning for generations – many of them from the same families. The school is named for its first principal, who is said to have left a lasting impression on Meridian's educational community.

    Most of the structures that now stand at Kate Griffin were built in the '20s, the '50s and the '60s. Over its lifetime, the school has housed grades ranging from seventh to 12th, and was once a ninth-12th-grade high school. From the 1960s to 2009, half of Meridian's eighth and ninth grade students attended Kate Griffin, with more than four hundred students enrolled the last year the school was open.

    The school district had struggled for years with the upkeep of the building, which is in some disrepair. With the completion of the Ninth Grade Academy, the K.G. building was closed in 2009 and has remained unused.