COMO YOU KNOW: Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School

Sunday, February 12, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:47 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School opened in 1994 and is named for the woman who was Columbia's postmistress from 1837 to 1865.


Year opened: 1994

Principal: Jeff Beiswinger

Address: 4200 Bethel St.

Phone number: 214-3240

Start time: 8 a.m.

Dismissal time: 3 p.m.

Colors: Rich red and royal blue

Mascot: Jaguar

Students enrolled: 776 for the 2011-12 school year.

Full text

Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School, opened in 1994, is a sixth- through eighth-grade school in the southern part of Columbia. It is the third most populous middle school in the Columbia Public School system. The school is named after Ann Hawkins Gentry, a former postmistress of Columbia and the second woman in the United States to hold that position. The school colors are red and royal blue, and its mascot is the jaguar. According to its website, “the mission of Gentry Middle School is to inspire students to develop intellectually and socially in a community where everyone is respected, productive, and safe.”

Links and sources

Gentry Middle School's website

School report card data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website

Gentry Middle School students collect change to help Haitian earthquake victims

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Gentry Middle School’s choir performs holiday concert

Chess tournament at Gentry Middle School draws a crowd

Updated: Feb. 12, 2012

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