A world of opportunities awaits you at Mann

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing an engaging learning environment that will challenge students to go beyond what they think is possible.

Come visit Mann

demoWe're happy to host you and your family on a school visit. Just drop by our front office and we'll schedule a tour.

January 19, 2012

Mann Web Developers

demoCustom Midnight is proud to unveil Horace Mann Magnet's new website. Our goal was to create a distinctive web presence for this dynamic middle school. We hope you enjoy it!

January 20, 2012

Student Recordings

demoThe music being played on this website was performed by Mann artists. The performances were recorded, edited and uploaded to the web by our talented students.

January 21, 2012

New Music

An EAST Production

Will Standridge is up to it again. Listen to his latest song here!

Updated: April 19, 2013


Chess Champions!




Congratulations to the Mann Chess Masters for taking 1st place in the February 4th Tournament! We're very proud of your effforts.

Updated: February 4, 2012

About Mann

Mr. Bearcat gets the crowd hoppingHorace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School offers a unique experience for students, parents and teachers. The student population consists of students from all three local school districts. This allows Mann students to develop friendships beyond their own neighborhood. Students choose Mann because of its high academic standards and their interest in the arts or science program. There are many opportunities that enhance these areas of study. The arts and science program at Mann promotes an appreciation of individual interests and abilities and creates an atmosphere where students become motivated learners.

Mann highlights include an early morning tutorial program, school newspaper and yearbook, programs for personal and social development of students, student incentives, Math Counts, Quiz Bowl, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, science field trips, and specialty area performances such as dance and orchestra. Students in the science track participate in a curriculum including English, science, mathematics and social studies. In addition, science students at all levels take a full year laboratory science class. Each student is required to complete a research project each year, including a display at the annual science fair in early March.

Students focusing in the arts take English, science, mathematics and social studies, and also participate in courses appropriate to their selected area of concentration: visual arts, drama, dance or music (including band, orchestra, piano or choral music).

School History

  Built in 1955, this school was named for Horace   Mann (1796-1859), the U.S. Congressman and   education reformer widely known as the "Father of   American Education." Mann High School was first   occupied on April 9, 1956. It was built as the new   high school for African-American students, moving   them out of Dunbar Junior-Senior High School,   which then became solely a junior high school.   Mann had 37 classrooms, a gymnasium and a   cafeteria, and the cost of construction was about   $926,000. Mann was recognized for its design by the American Institute of Architects.

Growth & Modernization

Additions to the original building were made in 1963 and 1965. In 1971 it was converted to a middle school (grades 8 and 9); it became a junior high in 1978 with the addition of the 7th grade. Mann became a science magnet school in 1983 (the arts magnet strand was added in 1987) and now offers magnet programs in the sciences and visual and performing arts specialty areas. Science students at all levels
take a full-year laboratory science class in addition to all required core curriculum courses. Each student is required to complete a research project each year, including a display at the annual science fair in February. Arts magnet students take courses appropriate to their selected area of concentration: visual arts, drama, dance or music (band, orchestra, piano or voice). In 2001 a major portion of the school was demolished due to structural instability, and a modern new replacement building opened in January 2004.

Horace Mann: Father of the American Educational System

Horace Mann was born in Franklin, Massachusetts, in 1796. He had little formal schooling but read extensively at the Franklin Town Library where he learned enough to be admitted to Brown
University in 1816. He went on to study at Litchfield Law School and received admission to the bar in 1823. In 1827 Mann won a seat in the state legislature, and in 1833 he was elected to the State Senate. Of the many causes dear to Mann's heart, none was closer than the education of the people. In 1837 Mann accepted the newly founded post of Secretary of Education. During his years in this
post, Mann published twelve annual reports on the integral relationship between education, freedom and Republican government. He wanted schools that would be available and equal for all--part of the birthright of every American child, rich or poor. He believed that poverty would disappear as a broadened popular intelligence tapped new treasures of natural and material wealth. He felt that there was no end to the social good that might be derived from a common (public) school. As Secretary of the Board of Education, Mann presided over the establishment of the first public normal school in the United States at Lexington in 1839. Fifty high schools were built, and a six-month minimum school year was established. Mann led the movement to set up teacher institutions throughout the state. In 1848 he resigned as Secretary of Education and went on to the U.S. House of Representatives. He then took the post of President of Antioch College in 1852. He stayed at the college until his death on August 27, 1859. Two months before his death he addressed the graduating class: "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for Humanity."




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