Fifty years ago it was something radical - a school set up to train girls to become the engineers of the future.
Today Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre is attempting to find out what became of those early pioneers of equality.
The school, which was the city's first technical college, is to hold a 50th anniversary reunion.
Pupils are attempting to track down former student by using the most modern form of technology - the internet.
Jean Palmer, the school's bursar, said: "We are looking for people far and wide. We are interested in seeing what people from the 50s have gone on to do. At the time the school opened as a technical college for girls, it was really forward-thinking."
The 50th celebration takes place on October 14. Past pupils from all years are invited.
Christine James, deputy head teacher of the school, which started admitting girls two decades after it opened, said: "We already have people coming home from Australia and the USA.
"They are really keen to take part in this important event and meet up with old friends"