Fivay High School

Fivay High School is a public high school located in Pasco County, Florida, located on State Road 52. Opened in 2010 the school was built for 1,870 students from Hudson High School, Ridgewood High School, and River Ridge High School which had been experiencing overcrowding.

Fivay High School
Location
12115 Chicago Avenue
Hudson, Florida

Coordinates28°20′01″N 82°39′29″W / 28.333617°N 82.658169°W / 28.333617; -82.658169Coordinates: 28°20′01″N 82°39′29″W / 28.333617°N 82.658169°W / 28.333617; -82.658169
Information
TypePublic
Established2010
School districtPasco County Schools
PrincipalJason Joens
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1,750 (2019-20)
Color(s)Navy, Red, Silver
Athletics conferenceSunshine Athletic Conference (SAC)
MascotFalcon
Team nameFalcons
Website

NamingEdit

Originally, the school was merely designed EEE.[1] The school was named by David Chauncey, a student columnist for the Suncoast News and a Ridgewood High School graduate, in an op-ed piece after the Pasco County Public School Board requested that citizens provide ideas for the new high school's name.[2][1] The school was named after a small town founded on the banks of Bear Creek — very close to the location of the new high school — around the year 1904 by five men from Atlanta who all had last names that started with an 'A.'[2]

Fivay was the largest sawmill (or one of the largest[3]) in Florida during its peak and had a population of nearly 2,500 with what is now State Route 52 serving as a railroad right of way for the town.[2] Before the school, the only landmark to the old town was Fivay Road which is feet from the Little Road entrance for the school. In 1914, the mill ceased operations and the town was deserted with the exception of 10 families that tried to make it work, but they were unsuccessful. Over time all signs of the once bustling town were removed. The name was officially submitted by Chauncey to the school board to be considered.[1] On September 16, 2009, the name was approved by the school board and West Pasco's seventh high school came into existence.[3]

Incorporated three schoolsEdit

Fivay High School was designed by Florida-based architecture firm Harvard Jolly. The new school was deemed necessary due to the overcrowding of the other schools in the area especially Ridgewood High School which was at nearly 140% of its intended capacity in 2003-2004.[4] The school plan was reduced to two stories from three and the football field relocated from the back of the school to a site along the road after objections from neighbors.[5] There was much angst and tension amongst parents of the three well established high schools in the region on what areas would be incorporated into the new school's district. Principal Angie Stone was named the first principal after previously opening up Sunlake High School in 2007 as their first principal.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Blair, Ronnie (September 12, 2009). "Wanted: name, students". TBO.com (March 23, 2013 ed.). Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Chauncey, David (August 22, 2009). "Fivay High". suncoastnews.com (May 15, 2013 ed.). Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Pasco names new high school Fivay". tampabay.com. September 16, 2009. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Ridgewood High School". fivay.org.
  5. ^ a b Blair, Ronnie (August 11, 2010). "Fivay High School set to debut". Hudson, Florida. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Blair, Ronnie (January 14, 2010). "Principal set to launch 2nd school". The Suncoast News (March 20, 2013 ed.). Land O' Lakes, Florida. The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved April 2, 2019.