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About Middle School East

History of Middle School East

Gahanna Middle School East was completed in 1975 when the Gahanna Schools changed to a middle school concept. It was originally built as an "open classroom" building with large open spaces and a limited number of walls separating the classes.

Currently, moveable walls that allow for flexibility in instruction and variation in the grouping of students separate many of the classrooms. In 2000, the building underwent a major renovation with expanded music areas, additional classrooms, office space, and a new gymnasium.

Set to be completed in 2023, Middle School East is undergoing an addition and renovation project which will increase the square footage of the building by 25,000 square feet, allowing for an additional 175 students. As part of the project, the building will receive 10 new classroom spaces, flexible small group spaces, expanded cafeteria seating, enhanced related arts classrooms and increased special education spaces.

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Contact Us

Middle School East
730 Clotts Road
Gahanna, OH 43230

Phone: (614) 478-5550
Main Fax: (614) 413-3466

School Hours
8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Student Absence

School Nurse
Kathy Downing RN, BSN

Brad Barboza

Amy Hilbert
Assistant Principal

Melissa Hinds

Loni Williams
School Counselor

Beth Uniacke
School Counselor


Principal Brad Barboza

Middle School East (MSE) is one of three quality middle schools in the Gahanna-Jefferson School District. MSE has a rich tradition of high academic achievement and excellence. The administration and staff work together with parents to challenge the students to reach new heights both academically and socially. We provide various opportunities for students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enable them to continue to be successful both in and out of school.  

We strive not only for academic achievement, but for individual student growth in all areas including our core academic courses, performing arts, related arts, and a strong inclusion program.

Each morning, a team of students work collaboratively to produce our daily announcements show on East Live, our broadcast studio.

Brad Barboza, Principal
Middle School East

Headshot of Brad Barboza