The Commercial Appeal
Last day for MCS
As of Monday, system begun in 1848 ceases
Memphis City Schools officially goes out of business this weekend in a merger with Shelby County Schools that was approved by Memphis voters almost 2½ years ago.
During its long and colorful history, MCS survived a yellow fever epidemic, virulent protests over desegregation and busing and a host of other challenges.
The city’s second largest employer has educated many of this community’s most prominent leaders, produced many fond memories among its graduates, and dominated the public education story in Memphis and Shelby County with news of its successes and its failures.
Education reporter Michael Kelley explores the history of one of the community’s most important cultural institutions and economic engines in the Viewpoint section in Sunday’s editions of The Commercial Appeal.