Pipkin Middle School is an International Baccalaureate Middle Years World School. Pipkin currently serves about 580 students sixth through eighth grade. Pipkin is the most diverse middle school of the nine middle schools in the district.
American Indian, Asian, African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian and Multi-Racial ethnic groups make up about 27% of Pipkin’s student population. Seventeen percent of the students are African American.
About 78% of Pipkin’s student families receive financial support for school meals. Fifty two percent of the students are female; 48% male.
Sixty two staff members work in close partnership with Pipkin families to directly support the academic, social, physical, emotional and moral growth and education of each student. A dozen cafe and custodial staff also serve at Pipkin. The Pipkin staff includes 45 teachers; two counselors; a librarian and nurse; a part time coordinator of student interventions and social worker; a speech therapist; a school police officer; two administrators, an MYP Coordinator, a Literacy Coach, two administrative assistants, and four paraprofessionals.
The teachers and administrators are highly qualified based on state and federal requirements. Five teachers are certified as cross categorical Special Education teachers; one is a Title 1 reading specialist and one is a Title 1 Math Specialist.
Construction began on Pipkin Junior High School in 1923, but was not completed until 1925 because the school district lacked the money to finish the building until a bond issue was passed in 1925. The school was located at 1201 Boonville (address later changed to 1215 Boonville). Contract for the completion of the building was awarded to M.E. Gillioz of Monett.
Pipkin was named for school board member William H. Pipkin. He also owned the property on which the school was built. Earl Hawkins was the architect. The first principal of Pipkin was Dr. C. Benton Manley.
The name of the weekly student newspaper was the Pipkin Pilot.
Pipkin, as well as the elementary schools that feed into it, are considered at–risk schools. Pipkin Middle School, as it is now called, is part of a partnership with Yale University, Drury University and Boyd-Berry Elementary Schools called the Comer project. It is a model developed by James Comer of Yale to increase parent involvement in schools, help at-risk students and provide opportunities for teachers to improve their skills. This program began in 1998 and continued until Yale eliminated the funding in 2005.
In 2006 the Pipkin Faculty began exploring the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program which provides a curriculum focused on holistic learning, communication skills and cultural awareness. Pipkin became an IB MYP World School on December 18, 2009.
The postcard is a black-and-white photograph showing Pipkin as it looked when new. On the back are autographs of teachers with their departments listed.