Gamble Montessori High Moving to Larger, Renovated Home
In February 2019, Cincinnati Public Schools' Superintendent Laura Mitchell recommended moving James N. Gamble Montessori High School to the former Mercy High School building on Werk Road. Gamble Montessori High will open in its new home in August 2019.
Renovation in Full Swing
A full renovation is under way on the former Mercy campus, beginning with demolition of old mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment. The school’s main 124,000-square-foot building was built in 1922, with several additions constructed over the years.
When completed, the building will have new heating, cooling and ventilation systems; new electrical wiring; new windows; new restrooms; new kitchen and lunchroom; new fire alarm system; new public-address system; new security system; and architectural improvements. Gamble Montessori High also will be piloting the district's new standard for technology, including sound enhancements and fast Internet speeds.
In addition, Gamble will gain high-school-sized sports facilities, including a gymnasium.
In Summer 2018, Cincinnati Public Schools purchased the former Mother of Mercy High School building and its 13.71-acre campus in Westwood, envisioning opening a school with an innovative program to serve Cincinnati’s west side. Engagement with the community, facilitated by Xavier University, was initially held in Fall 2018 to discuss possibilities for the new campus; engagement is ongoing.
To meet increased demand for Montessori junior high and high school classrooms, CPS planned a second Montessori high school program. In Fall 2005, Gamble's program began with two 7th-grade classes in the basement of Dater Montessori elementary school in Westwood and was expanded by one grade level each year until the program was a full 7-12 school.
In August 2007, with the program including grades 7-9, it moved to swing space in the Jacobs Center and was renamed Westside Montessori High School.
In January 2011, the school's Local School Decision-Making Committee voted to reflect the heritage of the school’s planned permanent home in Westwood by renaming the school James N. Gamble Montessori High School. James Gamble, a Westwood resident and renowned businessman, inventor and philanthropist, cofounded the Procter & Gamble Company.
Gamble Montessori High graduated its first senior class in May 2011.
Below you’ll find updates on the development of the West Side Campus.
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- From WVXU: How CPS Plans To Use Its New Real Estate
- CPS to Announce Plans for New School — September 27, 2018
- CPS Superintendent Recommends Moving Gamble Montessori to Former Mercy High School Site — February 26, 2019
- Gamble Montessori to Welcome New Principal — April 17, 2019
- Welcome Letter from Principal Taylor — June 25, 2019
- GMHS Opens Renovated Building on August 20 — August 15, 2019
- Gamble Montessori High School Starts New Chapter — August 20, 2019