New High School

Future Battle High juniors explore school on first student tour

Key stops on the tour included the band and choir rooms, performing arts center, gym, classroom wings and outside facilities.

Oakland principal looks ahead to her new role leading Battle High

Kim Presko, principal at Oakland Junior High School, has a sentimental tie to her future school, Battle High School: Muriel Battle hired her as a math teacher at West Junior High School in 1990.

School board approves redistricting transfer policy

The new policy outlines which students will be able to transfer between Columbia's three public high schools when Battle High School opens in fall 2013.

Planned subdivision would bring housing, businesses near Battle High School

St. Charles Road Development LLC has released preliminary plans for a mixed-use subdivision near Battle High School that would allow development to occur under county standards until the area is formally annexed into the city.

Battle High School athletics director, assistant principals named

Cape Girardeau High School's Matthew Hale and Oakland Junior High School's Jacob Sirna have been chosen as assistant principals at Muriel Williams Battle High School. Hale will also be the athletics director.

Seven leadership positions filled at Battle High School

Battle High School's staff is beginning to take shape as the Columbia Public School District announces seven new hires from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, Oakland Junior High School and Lange Middle School.

Muriel Battle High School construction proceeds on schedule

This winter's record snowfalls didn't even delay the project; weather days were built into the planning. The school is about 15 percent complete. It opens in fall 2013.

Oakland forum focuses on transitions for eighth-graders

Depending on how boundaries are drawn when Battle High School opens, students now in eighth grade might have to switch schools twice between ninth grade and their senior year.

Columbia Public Schools to discuss boundary changes in March forums

During March, the school district will hold eight forums at schools across the city to give the community the opportunity to speak about new school attendance areas.

Neighbors-to-be of Battle High School elated, worried

Some residents near what will be Muriel Williams Battle High School are excited to have a school across the street. Others are concerned about changes to the country setting.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think of the name of the new high school?

The new Columbia high school will be named Muriel Williams Battle High School, after Muriel Battle, who worked to overcome desegregation in schools.

Muriel Williams Battle approved as new high school's name

The high school under construction in northeast Columbia officially has a name, colors and a mascot: Muriel Williams Battle High School, home of the blue and gold Spartans.

Muriel Battle recommended as name for new Columbia high school

Muriel Battle High, it is. The high school naming committee will recommend its top name choice for the new high school to the Columbia School Board next week. Muriel Battle and her husband Eliot, 85, helped integrate Columbia's schools.

LETTER: Name the new high school after Battle

Muriel and Elliot Battle have set a lifelong example of social justice in Columbia and deserve to be recognized for their contribution by having the new high school named in their honor.


By the letters: What's in a high school name?

Take a peek at what people said in their submissions of high school name ideas.

Protest ends, work resumes at new Columbia high school

Progress at the new high school halted on Friday with a protest from union workers. Tuesday morning, they went back to work as usual.

LETTER: Why not name new Columbia school for John McCain?

To our school board members: Who is in charge of our schools, you or school employees?

TODAY'S QUESTION: What should be the name of the new high school?

Three recommendations for a name for the new high school, which is set to open in 2013, were discussed on Monday night.

Committee narrows new Columbia high school names to three

Battle, Lakewood and Neil Aslin are the top choices for Columbia's next public high school. The naming committee has one more month to consider the names and will make a recommendation to the School Board in November.

Introducing the Columbia (insert high school name here) Spartans. Maybe.

Sixth-graders expecting to be part of Columbia's new high school's first freshman class have chosen Spartans as their desired name for their mascot, however, the school still remains unnamed.