Mulberry High School (Florida)

Mulberry High School (also referred to as Mulberry Senior High School) is a four-year public high school located in Mulberry, Florida, serving the city and surrounding areas.

Mulberry High School
One Panther Place
(Northeast Fourth Circle)
Mulberry, FL 33860

Coordinates27°53′49″N 81°58′19″W / 27.89694°N 81.97194°W / 27.89694; -81.97194Coordinates: 27°53′49″N 81°58′19″W / 27.89694°N 81.97194°W / 27.89694; -81.97194
MottoWhere today meets tomorrow's goals
School districtPolk County Public Schools
PrincipalMichael Young
Staff61.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,257 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio20.61[1]
Color(s)  blue
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Mulberry's then-only public school began high school classes in 1907. In 1909 the first high school building was opened, which later became the elementary school. In 1914, a second high school was constructed; it was a two-story brick building with six classrooms and an auditorium, costing approximately $12,500.[3]

In 1921, the first edition of the MHS yearbook was published, titled The Mulberry Tree in honor of the city's famed mulberry tree.

In 1922, land was donated for the construction of a new high school, on the east side of what is now Northeast First Avenue; construction was completed in 1924. Also in 1924, MHS began inter-school football play.

During the Great Depression, many schools cut their terms or lost their accreditation, and the state of Florida ran out of money, but MHS was able to stay open and retain accreditation thanks to taxes paid by area phosphate firms.[3]

In 1955, the current school was constructed on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land given by Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation and International Minerals and Chemical Corporation;[4] the old high school was converted to an elementary school, Purcell.[5]

In summer of 2020 ground was broken on the baseball field to begin construction on a brand new 3-floor high school done in the architectural style known as International. The new school will feature state of the art computer labs, collaboration areas with alternative seating, a 3-bay automotive garage, a robotics lab, an engineering lab, a new gymnasium, a courtyard, and new security features. It is set to be completed by December of 2021.

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  1. ^ a b c "MULBERRY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  2. ^ "General Info". Mulberry High School. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Fisher, James Arthur Fisher (1974). "The History of Mulberry and Frontier Florida: A Model for the Teaching of Local History". Xerox University Microfilms. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Huddle, James A. (1970). Controlled Modular Scheduling with Complete Flexibility. Bartow, Florida: Polk County Schools.
  5. ^ Purcell Elementary School. "School Improvement Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-09-07. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ School Board of Polk County, Florida, Department of Community Relations. "1985 Polk County Schools Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 2006-08-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Scalable Computing Laboratory (Iowa State University and United States Department of Energy). "Biographies". Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2006-08-10.
  8. ^ "The Way It Was". The Ledger. 2005-10-15. Retrieved 2006-09-07.
  9. ^ Dedrick Dodge Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed December 8, 2007.
  10. ^ Valerino, Lorraine (1986-05-18). "Bubba Smith roasted and toasted". Lakeland Ledger. Google News. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  11. ^ "Polk Celebrities". The Ledger. 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2006-08-10.
  12. ^ Elvia Malagon (May 8, 2012). "Man in Arizona Slayings Was Violent Polk Teen". The Ledger. Retrieved November 12, 2012.

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