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, and he is entering his 19th year in FWISD and 37th in Education. He has earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in health/physical education and his Master’s degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Education/principalship. He has just completed his second Master's degree and is a supporter of life long learning. Mr. Magin is a driving force behind improving Metro's student attendance, double-digit decrease in recidivism, and motivating students to be stakeholders in their own learning. 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.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr.Young is the vice-principal of Metro, and was formerly of Polytechnical. He has held many roles within FWISD and brings many ideas for time management, collaborative teaching, and building student character. He looks forward to enhancing the learning experience for all Metro students.