P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
is operated by the University of Florida
, in Gainesville, Florida
as an independent school district and teaches from kindergarten
through twelfth grade. As its' name implies, it is a leader in educational development programs for the state of Florida.
The school is named in honor of Philip Keyes Yonge
(1850-1934), who served 29 years on the Florida Board of Control
, the governing body for the all Florida public universities, including 22 years as Chairman. Yonge demonstrated a commitment to improve education in the state of Florida.
The School Director is Dr. Fran Vandiver. Mrs. Amy Hollinger is the Elementary Assistant Principal, Dr. Russell Froman is the Middle School assistant principle, and Mr. Randy Scott is the High School Assistant Principal.
One notable feature of the school is the creek (Tumblin' Creek) that runs through the school property. The cafeteria sits on the creek and students may enjoy the Florida nature scene while dining outdoors. It also has a county and state renowned performing arts program. Its band earned a standing superior at the Florida Band Master's Assessment in 2005.
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School teams compete under the name "Blue Wave".
Unlike another Gainesville school, Gainesville High School
(which gained fame for football in the 60's, 70's and 80's), Blue Wave football began to get attention in the late 80's on through the 21st century. During that period of time, The Blue Wave groomed some of the most highly regarded players in Florida Gator history. Some examples include Willie Jackson, Terry Jackson, Chris Doering, and Travis McGriff. They joined fellow PKY alum Robert Baker in the National Football League, giving PKY the most players from any high school in the NFL at the time in North Florida. Also, during that time the Blue Wave boasted twelve district titles, seven of them in a row (1998-2004). From 2001-2003, the Blue Wave held the state's longest regular season winning streak at 33 consecutive wins against a complement of excellent teams.
The boys basketball program, like the football program, gained fame in the 80's that continues through to the 21st Century. It is one of the most elite programs in the state in both boys and girls basketball. The boys, under the direction of head coach Carlos Villalobos, are state contenders year in and year out. The boys won the state championship in 1991, and have played for the title three other times.
The girls were a state power in the late 1970's and early 1980's, winning two state titles, and playing for three more, in a six-year span. The girls team is currently under the direction of Head Coach Willie Powers, an alumnus of the school.
P.K. Yonge has teams in the following sports:
The school has also won state titles in Boy's Cross Country (1980), Boy's Track and Field (1965, 2005, 2006, 2007), Girl's Track and Field (2005) and Girl's Volleyball (2000, 2002)
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