The David T. Howard School

Historian pays tribute to David T. Howard


On February 2nd, 2012, historian Nasir Muhammad gave an informative lecture at the Auburn Avenue library on the history of one of Atlanta’s most extraordinary Black men of the late 19th -early 20th century, David T. Howard (1849 -1934).  David T. Howard was mortician, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and activist who was supported various organizations in Atlanta like, Leonard Street Orphanage, Big Bethel AME Church, YMCA, YWCA, National Negro Business League, Atlanta Business League, Emory University, and Gate City Free Kindergarten.  A resident of Old Fourth Ward, Mr. Howard was a dedicated businessman who fought hard to provide additional schools for the children within his community.   See attached for additional information on David T. Howard and the history of the school.


The David T. Howard High School National Alumni Association

In 1992, the David T. Howard High School graduating class of 1961 envisioned the idea of an Alumni Association and hosting a major event. Former students of David T. Howard felt the need to ensure that the David T. Howard High school and its legacy would not be forgotten; therefore, in an effort to conceptualize and formulate strategy, a meeting was held at the Mansion Restaurant, located on North Avenue in Northeast Atlanta. It was at this initial meeting that classmate Rosa Holmes developed the concept of starting a National Alumni Association and the rest as the saying goes, “is history.”

After numerous meetings and much planning, the first event (a major breakfast) was held with approximately 150 persons in attendance.  After many months of hard and dedicated work, the Alumi quickly grew in excess of 1600 members.  Visit for more information.


2011 Facility Assessment of David T. Howard

David Howard High School is located in Old Fourth Ward neighborhood located east of downtown Atlanta, close to Freedom Parkway. It is located at 551, John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, NE, Atlanta. The age of the building coupled with lack of maintenance over the last several years and vandalism has resulted in damage to the interior and exterior of the building. The interior needs moderate level of repair to ceilings, floors and paint. The structure of the building appears to be in fair condition. The exterior brick work requires major repair and renovation. The exterior windows in the auditorium building needs to be replaced and it is likely that most of the windows would need to be replaced when the brick veneer is repaired. To bring the building to the basic building code and functional use, the interior needs to be renovated with new mechanical, electrical and plumbing.


The approximate cost of renovation is $16.4 million. This cost does not include renovation and restoration of the building to its historic character. It will cost significantly more to do a historic renovation. Actual costs should be expected to be in the $20 -30 million dollar range.  See attached for additional information on the Facility Assessment.