Gamble Montessori Moving to Larger, Renovated Home
In February 2019, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell recommended to the Board of Education to move the current James N. Gamble Montessori High School to former Mercy High School.
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 school 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 will also be piloting the new district standard for technology, including sound enhancements and fast internet speeds.
In addition, Gamble will be gaining 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.
The school is set to open for the 2019-20 school year. Engagement with the community, facilitated by Xavier University, was initially held in Fall 2018 and is ongoing.
Gamble Montessori History
To meet increased demand for Montessori junior high and high school classrooms, CPS planned a second Montessori high school program. In fall of 2005, our program began with two 7th grade classes in the basement of Dater Montessori in Westwood, and was planned to expand by one grade level each subsequent year until the program was a full 7-12 school.
In August 2007, with the program including grades 7-9, it was moved to a swing space in the old Jacobs Center and was officially christened Westside Montessori High School.
In January of 2011, the our 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 N. Gamble was a Westwood native and renowned businessman, inventor and philanthropist.
Gamble’s first graduating class was the Class of 2011.
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