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.
Metro celebrated its 25th year of providing opportunities, not just alternatives, during the 2004/2005 school year. The celebration included an award to Mr. Patrick Evans, a veteran Social Studies teacher, who has provided stability at Metro since 1980 for over 28 years
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 and Mr. Richard Brown. Currently, Mr. Gerald Magin 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.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Magin is the Principal at Metro. He has been in Education for 39 years. He has earned his BS at Indiana University in Health/Physical Education, M Ed from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and MA Athletic Administration from Concordia University. He is very excited about the possibilities for every student at Metro Opportunity High School and wants them all to know the best is yet to come.
He believes in building a team that truly want to serve students and help them reach their hopes, goals and dreams. His favorite quote for students: "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough!"
Overall philosophy: Relationships are what makes education successful. By emphasizing relationship building students become more open to sharing their lives which in turn gives the staff a roadmap to help assist in their journey.
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Mr.Young is the Vice-Principal of Metro. His 'WHY' is relationship building and restorative practices.
People don't buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it! ~ Simon Sinek
It's relationships, not programs that change lives. Young people succeed when adults care about them individually and have a sense of belonging to a caring community (it is what we do at Metro Opportunity High School). ~ Randy