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Pedro Menendez High School

Pedro Menendez High School is a public high school in the St. Johns County School District, located in southern St. Johns County, Florida (United States). It was named for Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, a sixteenth-century Spanish admiral and pirate hunter who founded St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement and oldest port city in what is now the continental United States, on August 28, 1565.

Pedro Menendez High School
Pedro Menendez High School crest
600 State Road 206 West.
St. Augustine, Florida 32086
United States
Coordinates 29°45′24.80″N 81°19′57.37″W / 29.7568889°N 81.3326028°W / 29.7568889; -81.3326028Coordinates: 29°45′24.80″N 81°19′57.37″W / 29.7568889°N 81.3326028°W / 29.7568889; -81.3326028
Type Public school
Motto Latin: Non scholae, sed vitae discimus.
(Not for school, but for life, we learn.)
Established 2000
Status Open
School district St. Johns County School District
Superintendent Dr. Joseph G. Joyner[1]
School number 401[2]
Dean Yanetta Arnold, Patrick Turner
Principal Dr. Clay Carmichael
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,369 (2014-15)[3]
Hours in school day 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.[4]
Campus size 100 acres (0.40 km2)[5]
Campus type Rural
School colour(s) Royal Blue and Vegas Gold
Nickname Falcons
Rival St. Augustine High School

It has a student body of over 1,300 students. The school building is a two-story octagon with an open courtyard in the center. The gymnasium and auditorium are attached on the east and west sides, respectively. The school was built simultaneously with Bartram Trail High School; Menendez was intended to relieve overcrowding at St. Augustine High School. The school opened August 28, 2000,[6] and graduated its first class in 2001.

Their curriculum offers academy programs in the areas of business & computer technology, health science and architectural & building sciences.[7][8]


Advanced ScholarshipEdit

The Advanced Scholars program gives students the option to participate in the rigorous programs of advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors courses. After two years of preliminary work, the school was approved for the International Baccalaureate Program, beginning in the Fall of 2010.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "School Improvement Plan" (PDF). 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  2. ^ ""School Accountability Reports" at".
  3. ^ "Pedro Menendez High School". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Bell Schedule". Retrieved 2008-03-04.[dead link]
  5. ^ Donovan, Norma: "Perspective: Ponte Vedra high school issue like growing ivy" St. Augustine Record, July 9, 2004
  6. ^ Miller, Josh:"Learning Legacy: A brief history of Pedro Menendez High School" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. St. Augustine Record, December 21, 2001
  7. ^ "Construction career pathway open house planned at Menendez" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. St. Augustine Record, November 15, 2003
  8. ^ Pounder, Lory: "Menendez classes open new career paths" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. St. Augustine Record, December 6, 2003

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