Goodbye Miami Edison Middle School

Miami Times Editorial Department | 6/12/2014, 9 a.m.

The transformation of Edison Middle School into a technical school in the fall will be the start of an initiative to help students in low-income areas excel in science, mathematics and technology. After years of struggling with mediocre and low grades on the state’s accountability tests, educators hope iTech Thomas A. Edison School’s curriculum will usher in a new era of academic achievement.

But the transition is bittersweet, for it closes a chapter on an important institution in the Black community. For nearly half a century, Edison Middle School occupied the second-oldest high school building in the county, one that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building could have suffered the same fate when Edison High moved into its new home in 1979, but the pride and spirit of Edison Middle School kept alive the illustrious history and relevance of this cherished landmark.

Over the years thousands of students have roamed the school’s hallways and classrooms before moving on to the namesake senior high. For decades students endured the sweltering gymnasium and aging auditorium. Those realities were part of the Edison Middle School experience. iTech Thomas A. Edison will remain in the same building with upgrades, but to many teachers and alumni, it won’t be the same as Miami Edison Middle School.