Our school was established in 1967 to serve the Northeast Huntsville Community and accommodate the growth that occurred during the 1960's. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is located south of the Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. The site where the school is located was originally farmland. There is still a field adjacent to the school where crops of hay, corn, and cotton are cultivated on a rotating basis. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School initially served grades 1 through 6 and is currently serving Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Kindergarten classes were added in 1974. In 1984, 6th grade students were moved to Chapman Middle School.
In 1993, three and four year olds were added to the campus through the Head Start program. They are housed in two portable classrooms located at the rear of the school and are complete with their own fenced in playground. In 2006, the HEALS, Inc. Clinic was added to the campus. HEALS is located inside the main building. "Health Establishments at Local Schools (HEALS), Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency dedicated to providing accessible quality, school-based primary health care for children and their siblings through collaborative efforts with the city school system and the medical community." http://www.healsinc.org/ In 2010, Lincoln Elementary School closed and the students zoned for Lincoln were merged into MLK, Jr. The school facility adequately houses all instructional programs.