Hardee High School
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|Hardee Senior High School|
830 Altman Road
|School district||Hardee County School District|
|Color(s)||Orange and Blue|
Wauchula High School, the predecessor of today's Hardee County High School, was the first high school to serve students in the Wauchula area. On August 4, 1903, the school, located on South 8th Avenue and Bay Street, Wauchula, which had been built by the Masons in 1895, became a county high school. The first commencement class, consisting of three girls and one boy, graduated from Wauchula High School on March 20, 1906.
In 1909, a new building, was constructed and housed all grades. In 1915, the west wing of the high school was opened.
In the spring of 1926, a new high school, bounded by Bay Street on the north, west by Dixie Highway and east by 11th Avenue, was opened. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, the school's name was changed to Hardee County High School. In 1945, the school building burned to the ground and forced the school district to find a temporary location for students to earn their education while a new high school building was designed and constructed on Florida Avenue, Wauchula. The new school building opened in the fall of 1949.
In 1981, the newest high school facility was built and remains the single brick and mortar high school serving Hardee County students. Located on Altman Road in Wauchula, the current Hardee High facility consists of 14 mostly brown brick buildings nestled among large oak trees on a 35-acre plot of land donated by the Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. family.
In June 2009, Hardee High School took on new leadership and now operates under the direction of principal, Michele Polk, and assistant principal, Mary Farr. Enrollment runs approximately 1325 students throughout the school year with a demographic that is 53% Hispanic, 8% African American, and 39% Caucasian. HHS is not classified a Title I school, with the most recent free and reduced lunch rate at 73%.
- "HARDEE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Staff. (September 19, 2018) "SFSC Financial Aid Director Recognized by Hardee County School Board", Highlands News-Sun. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
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