P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School
P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School (PKY) is a public school affiliated with the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, United States and educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
|Director||Dr. Lynda Hayes|
Established in 1934 in Norman Hall on the UF campus, P.K. Yonge is a one-school school district and a department of the College of Education of the University of Florida. The school was previously named 'P.K. Yonge Laboratory School.' As its name implies, P.K. Yonge DRS is a laboratory school. The school's mission is to design, test, and disseminate innovations in K-12 education by serving a diverse student community. The School Director is Lynda Fender Hayes and Carrie Geiger is the Principal.
The school is named in honor of Philip Keyes Yonge (1850–1934), who served 29 years on the Florida Board of Control, the former governing body for all Florida public universities, including 22 years as its chairman.
At the beginning of the 2012–13 school year, P.K. Yonge opened a state-of-the-art elementary school building.
P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School teams compete under the name "Blue Wave". Coach Kelly Barrett was appointed as Athletic Director for the 2017-18 school year. The boys' basketball program won the state championship in 1991. The girls have won state championships four times, in 1981, 1983, 2010 and 2012. The school has also won state titles in boys' cross country (1980), boys' track and field (1965, 2005, 2006, 2007), girls' track and field (2005) and girls' volleyball (2000, 2002, 2014, 2015).
P.K. Yonge's Performing Arts Program includes a theatre department and competitive ensembles: Concert Chorus, Treble Ensemble, and Vocal Ensemble. They have been known for presenting fall plays and spring musicals. Students each year choose to audition for the Florida All State Choirs.
The Blue Wave Marching Band and Color GuardEdit
The marching band in P.K. Yonge has competed in FMBC since its foundation in 1998. The marching band is currently led by Robert Marski and is in class 1A in the season of 2018. At FMBC State of 2018, the marching band received sixth place, with their percussion winning their caption. The Color Guard also marches as a part of the Blue Wave Marching Band and also competes in the winter season as the PK Yonge Winterguard.
P.K. Yonge developed a new official brand during the 2014-15 school year. There are two logos, one administrative/academic and an athletics logo, which reflects the school's Blue Wave.
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