Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy is a PK-8 EL Education Expeditionary STEM School.
Hollis opened on August 3, 2016 to students of the Vine City/English Avenue Community, initially servicing PK-5 students, and added a grade level each year until the school reached 8th grade in 2019.
Hollis was formed in 2016 following the closing of Bethune Elementary School, which at the time, was one of the lowest performing schools in the district. Students began the 2016-2017 school year in the former Kennedy Middle School building, now known as Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy.
Michael R. Hollis
Attorney • Entrepreneur • Leader
It was Michael Hollis’ destiny to be a leader, not a follower. He set a high bar as a teenager, and he kept raising it as an adult.
When Mr. Hollis was 16, he talked his way into a job in the Braves' Public Relations department, was selected as a Georgia delegate to the White House Conference on Youth and spearheaded the organization of Young Atlantans for Maynard Jackson when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1969, before he was elected mayor. Mr. Hollis accomplished all of this before he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School.
Mr. Hollis went to Dartmouth College, where he graduated with honors, then to the University of Virginia School of Law, where he became the first black national president of the student division of the American Bar Association. After law school, he returned to Atlanta briefly before being appointed associate chief counsel by then-President Jimmy Carter to investigate the legal ramifications of the Three Mile Island nuclear power-plant accident near Middletown, PA in 1979.
In 1984, Mr. Hollis launched Air Atlanta, a luxury airline that was the first in the nation controlled by an African-American.
Born at Grady Memorial Hospital, Mr. Hollis served on both the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority and the hospital board. In addition to his work with the hospital, Mr. Hollis was a founding trustee of Clark Atlanta University, and he served as a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors.
Adapted from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 24, 2012)