As the Director of high schools, Mr. Walter Day, set in motion the establishment of Fort Worth’s first public alternative school in the fall of 1979 in the Old Ernest Parker Middle School Gym at 901 S. Jennings. He enlisted the help of a counselor, Mrs. Gladys Pettid, to open the school to be named Metro Opportunity. Mr. Franklin Burkley assisted as the Delinquency Prevention Specialist, followed by Fannie Smith.
Mrs. Gladys Pettid, was hired as the counselor-coordinator and became the first principal. She served for 18 years before retiring. The school was moved to the hospital district at 2100 Cooper Street during the 1980/81 school year. Around 1986, the school moved to 215 NE 14th Street. In 2001, Metro was moved again to its current location at 2720 Cullen Street. The school mascot is the falcon.
The list of distinguished principals who have served at Metro include: Mrs. Gladys Pettid, Mrs. Cathleen Richardson, Mr. Omar Ramos, Mr. Tony Narvaez, Mrs. Linda Ballenger, Mr. Lawrence Murray, Mr. Richard Brown and Mr. Gerald Magin. Currently, Mr. Aundra Bohanon is the principal.
Metro has undergone a facelift with new signs for teachers, painting inside and outside of the building, and a new banner welcoming everyone to Metro Opportunity high school; home of the Falcons.
Metro Opportunity High School looks forward to serving the needs of FWISD students and collaborating with our community.
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