Bryant Junior High School

310 East 38th Street

Where Prince played basketball and music

When Prince transferred to Bryant Junior High in 1970, he met the future musician and producer James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He reportedly spent all his free time in the music room, and took courses on the business of music. Here he cultivated his life-long love of basketball as a member of the school’s traveling team, even as he continued to pursue his dream of playing music. Bryant Junior High School closed in 1979, seven years after Prince finished 8th grade there. Since then, the building has housed Sabathani Community Center, which serves diverse communities in this part of south Minneapolis.

Images

The Bryant Junior High basketball team, 1971.

The Bryant Junior High basketball team, 1971.

The 1971 Bryant Junior High basketball team included Prince Rogers Nelson (#3), friend Paul Mitchell (#12), and half-brother Duane Nelson, though it was later determined that Prince and Duane were not biologically related. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Prince Rogers Nelson, Eighth Grade, Bryant Junior High School Yearbook, 1972

Prince Rogers Nelson, Eighth Grade, Bryant Junior High School Yearbook, 1972

Prince Rogers Nelson, Eighth Grade, Bryant Junior High School Yearbook, 1972. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Participants in the Walker-Bryant Art Workshop, 1968.

Participants in the Walker-Bryant Art Workshop, 1968.

Participants in the Walker-Bryant Art Workshop, a summer arts school for middle and high school students that was started in 1968 at Bryant Junior High, where Prince became a student in 1970. Prince is not pictured; however this workshop might have been part of what drew the young artist to Bryant Junior High School. It was a collaboration between the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Public Schools and was funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Council (now the Minnesota State Arts Board). Prince later expressed appreciation for the way that generous arts funding shaped his childhood in Minneapolis and nurtured his creative development. | Source: Photo credit: Eric Sutherland for Walker Art Center, 1968. | Creator: Eric Sutherland. View File Details Page

Sabathani Community Center's Hall of Fame, 2018.

Sabathani Community Center's Hall of Fame, 2018.

Sabathani Community Center. The building once housed Bryant Junior High School and now contains a Hall of Fame exhibit to honor people who had an impact on the neighborhood. Prince is featured prominently. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler View File Details Page

Sabathani Community Center, 2018.

Sabathani Community Center, 2018.

Sabathani Community Center. The building once housed Bryant Junior High School and now contains a Hall of Fame exhibit to honor people who had an impact on the neighborhood. Prince is featured prominently. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler View File Details Page

Basketball court at the current Sabathani Community Center, formerly the gym at Bryant Junior High School

Basketball court at the current Sabathani Community Center, formerly the gym at Bryant Junior High School

Basketball court at the current Sabathani Community Center, formerly the gym at Bryant Junior High School. This is one of the places where Prince developed his lifelong love of basketball. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler View File Details Page

Bryant Junior High School, 1931

Bryant Junior High School, 1931

Bryant Junior High School, 1931. The school operated from 1922-1979. The building now houses the Sabathani Community Center. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “Bryant Junior High School,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed December 14, 2018, http://digitours.augsburg.edu/items/show/25.

Share this Story