Cleveland Junior Naval Academy
Cleveland Junior Naval Academy
||1212 N. 22nd Street
||St. Louis, Missouri 63106
||United States Navy, St. Louis Public School District
|Senior Naval Science Instructor
||NJROTC Area Nine
||9 to 12
||Commanders (previously peg leg pete)
||Blue and Gold
(Cleveland NJROTC), is a public, military high school located in St. Louis, Missouri
. Founded in 1981, the school is currently the second largest naval academy in the country, behind only the United States Naval Academy
The school is a magnet high school created to support the voluntary desegregation
program between the city and county of St. Louis. Cleveland serves a student body that is approximately 54% black, 44% White, 1% Asian and 1% Hispanic/Other. Qualifying applicants to the school are selected through a lottery; every student at the school is there by his/her choice. All Cleveland students are cadets in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
) program. Uniforms are provided by the Navy and worn five days a week.
Since 1995, seven Cleveland graduates have accepted appointments to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; three others have accepted appointments to the United States Coast Guard Academy. Thirteen additional graduates have accepted ROTC/NROTC scholarships to public and private universities. (This information needs to be updated)
The Regiment is composed of two battalions; in each Battalion there are 2 Companies, and in each company there is a minimum of 3 platoons.
- Regimental Commander- Cadet Commander Jake Mitchell
- Deputy Regimental Commander- Cadet Commander Sam House
- 1st Battalion Commander- Cadet Commander Jarret Wilson
- 1st Battalion Executive Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Zaira Rodriguez
- Alpha Company Commander(Seniors)- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Sharon Gilmore
- Alpha Company Executive Officer- Cadet Lieutenant
- Bravo Company Commander(Juniors)- Cadet Lieutenant Andrew Metcalfe
- Bravo Company Executive Officer- Cadet Lieutenant (JG) Chauniece Parks
- 2nd Battalion Commander- Cadet Commander Victor Raic
- 2nd Battalion Executive Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Stephanie White
- Charlie Company Commander (Sophomores)- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Dennis Nixon
- Charlie Company Executive Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Monica Smith
- Delta Company Commander(Freshmen)- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Demetris Drummer
- Delta Company Executive Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Lindsey Burke
- Operations Officer-Cadet Lieutenant Commander Kandace Jones
- Administration Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Trinh Lam
- Supply Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Salvador Lopez
- Master At Arms- Cadet Lieutenant Commander Kelly Pentecost
- Weapons Officer- Cadet Lieutenant Tim Bohnsack
- Exhibition Drill Team Commander- Cadet Lieutenant (JG) Chevianna Keys
- Unarmed Exhibition Drill Team Commander- Cadet Lieutenant (JG) Monique Bush
- (XO)- Cadet Ensign Mary Nguyen
- Orienteering Commander- Cadet Lieutenant Tim Bohnsack
- Color Guard Commander- Cadet Lieutenant (JG) Devonte Drummer
- (XO)- Cadet Ensign Lynette Morris
Regimental Staff is the Naval equivalent to a regular school's student council. The difference is Regimental staff members hold more authority and responsibility. Regimental staff members are chosen by the Naval Science Instructors. The criteria are quite basic; you must have a 3.0 or above, very little tardies and absences, no behavioral problems and leadership potential. Regimental staff consist of the best cadets in the school.
Events and Celebration
a traditional homecoming festival (i.e. football game, parade and dance)
Parades are held on Saturday morning of the weekend designated for the homecoming football game. The parade route is usually in the school's neighborhood. The Dance is held that same Saturday, in the Field House of Cleveland's Old building.
An event held in the spring, usually near the end of April. The event begins with a visitation by a high ranking Navy Officer, who spends a couple days inspecting the individual platoons in the regiment. On the Friday after the Regimental Inspection, the Regiment forms up on the nearby parade ground, perform the various procedures (i.e. Report-in, Parade the Colors, Guest Speaker, Drill Teams and etc.) and the ceremony commence with the regiment parading pass the review Stand of military and civilian dignitaries.
Held in May, the Naval Ball is the school's version of Prom, its open to all Cadets, (Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors.) male Cadet wear the military Service dress uniform. Female cadet dress in formal Dress/Gown, they also have the option of wearing the Female version of the Service Dress uniform.
As an NJROTC unit, cadets are offered many experiences that are only offered through the NJROTC program.
- During the spring of their freshman year, Delta cadets are offered to go to a 5-day training course in Tullahoma, TN called Mini-Boot Camp. Mini- Boot Camp puts emphasis on being a good follower to be a good leader. Cadets receive to ribbons after completion.
- During the summer between their freshman and sophomore years, cadets are offered to go to a 3 week course at Cleveland called Platoon Commander and MAA school. Here cadets are taught the fundamentals of drill and small group leadership. Most cadets that complete this course go on to be platoon commanders or Master at Arms.
- During the summer between sophomore and junior years, SELECT cadets are offered to go to the Area Nine Leadership Academy in Tullahoma, TN. This is the most prestigious and honorable course to be offered. Cadets are taught all of the essentials in being the leader. They are taught drill with swords and guide ons, military courtesy, proper procedures for military banquets, leadership skills, emphasis on physical fitness etc. Cadets that attend are the top cadets in their unit. Normally, Cleveland sends five to eight cadets. In general, NJROTC cadets that attend become the commanding and executive officers of their units. Upon completion of Leadership Academy, cadets are rewarded the silver aigulette which is the only aigulette nationally recognized by the NJROTC program.
Naval Science extracurricular activities
- NJROTC Curriculum Advisory Committee. NJROTC Cadet Field and Drill Manual. Pensacola, Florida: USN, 2006.