- For other schools with the same name, see Seminole High School (disambiguation).
Seminole High School is a public high school located in Sanford, Florida operated by the Seminole County School District. February 2007 Mike Gaudreau, a Seminole High School alumnus, became principal. The students and faculty also hold in high esteem former principal Walt Griffin who helped the school gain the excellent reputation it has today. Griffin is now the Director of Secondary Education for Seminole County Public Schools.
In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Seminole High School was one of the schools in Seminole County on Newsweek's List Of Top 1,200 Schools in the united States. Seminole High is also known for being the only high school in Seminole County to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Seminole High also offers the Academy for Health Careers which offers students a curriculum based on a future career in health care. Students take a Health class and health material is integrated into the curriculum of all other subjects. Seminole High also offers Advanced Placement courses in a range of subjects.
In the 2007-2008 school year, the Florida Department of Education
gave Seminole an "A" ranking. This was an improvement from 2006-2007's "C.
Newsweek rated Seminole #303 in their list of the top 1,200 schools in the country in 2006.
Newsweek rated Seminole #150 in their list of the top 1,200 high schools in the country in 2007, making it the highest ranked high school in Seminole County.
Sanford High School was built in 1902. In 1911 the student population necessitated the building of a new Sanford High School on Sanford Avenue. In 1927 a much larger building opened on French Avenue, and the school was renamed Seminole High School. By 1961 a new sprawling campus was opened at the present location on Ridgewood Avenue, and the old building on French Avenue became Sanford Junior High School (later renamed Sanford Middle School). Seminole High School has grown not only in the size of the campus, but also in student population - from the 4 female graduates in the Senior Class of 1907 to 555 graduates in 2007. The original building on 7th Street is now used as the Student Museum to represent the rich history of education in Seminole County.
In 2004, the school began renovations costing over $10 million, including the construction of new classroom halls, a new media center, a new gym, and a new auditorium. The renovation will end during the 2009-2010 school year.
The new media center was put into use in the first quarter of the 2006-07 school year. Tomahawk Hall opened at the beginning of the second quarter of the 2006-07 school year. The brand-new performance gym, to be used exclusively for school sports competitions and pep rallies, was opened at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, and the new performing arts center, later to be named in honor of former principal Karen W. Coleman, opened in March 2008. Seminole High's Thespians were the first to use the center, producing The Pink Panther Strikes Again that month, starring Cory Hutson as Jacques Clouseau. Following this production was the Seminole High Band's Prism Showcase (5/8/08), and shortly after came the Seminole High Chorus's Spring Revue (5/22/08). All construction is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2008.
With the sudden death of beloved Coach Mickey Yasko
, they students of Leadership Class 2004-2005 and the weightlifters whom he sponsored, a scholarship was created in his name for weightlifters in Seminole County High Schools for their college education.
Seminole High offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
and the last two years of the IB Middle Years Programme
. Many Seminole High IB students begin the Middle Years Programme at one of two Seminole County middle schools
which offer the program. Any student who has completed eighth grade and resides in Seminole County
is eligible for the progam. Some see the IB Program as private school education at a public school cost. Most, if not all, Seminole High IB Diploma candidates are in the Middle Years Programme in their freshman and sophomore years. IB students at Seminole High must complete four years of English
, and Spanish
and at least three years of experimental science
. Upon entry to the Diploma Programme, Seminole High IB students currently can choose to pursue two of any of the following subjects: psychology
, music theory
, and economics
. At Seminole High, only the first four are offered for two years as "higher level" courses, while the others are only offered as one year "standard level courses". Seminole High IB students take their required Theory of Knowledge
course in senior year.
Alumni of Seminole High's IB Diploma Programme are currently represented at universities throughout the United States, including Harvard University, Duke University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Agnes Scott College, American University, Oglethorpe University, Georgetown University, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard College, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Wellesley College, and Kenyon University, among others. Seminole High IB alumni also attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and United States Naval Academy.
Many Seminole High IB alumni choose to attend public universities in Florida under the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, as Florida IB Diploma Programme graduates are automatically offered the full Florida Academic Scholars Award. Public and private Florida universities currently attended by alumni include the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of Miami, Stetson University, Rollins College, Florida A&M University, and Florida State University.
Seminole High School students are active in all fields of performing arts, including music, dance, and drama. In the field of music, Seminole High offers the Pizazz all girls show choir, Gospel Choir
, Destiny Show Choir, and a full orchestra
and band. Seminole's choirs have sung for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot
as an honor choir for 20 years straight and participated in the opening of Animal Kingdom
. Destiny Show Choir was featured in the ABC
television program which covered the induction of Dick Clark
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
. Destiny Show Choir has claimed numerous national and state titles. The Pride of the Tribe, a combination of the Seminole High School Marching Noles, the Dazzler Dance Team and Expression color guard
, in 2008 were awarded straight superiors at the Florida Marching Festival
for another year running.
In dance, Seminole High School has the Dazzler Dance/Drill team (link offered below). The Dazzler dance team, in its 23rd year of existence and 100 members growing, holds many national titles including: 1997, 2004, 2007 and 2008 national high kick titles at the National Dance Team Championship held at Walt Disney World. In 1999, 2001, 2005, and 2008 they received the title of National Champions at the MA National Championship in Texas. They also compete in state competitions in which they have been named Overall State Champion in Kick and Jazz for 5 straight years. The City of Sanford has awarded the Dazzlers 5 resolutions in their existence. The Dazzlers support Dancing for Diabetes, a student run organization that raises money to support diabetes research. This show is in the fall and includes fine arts performances from students throughout Seminole County.
Seminole High also has a step team (meets after school) which competes and has won titles in the Orlando Area.
Seminole High School also hosts Troupe 3266 of the International Thespian Society.
Seminole High School offers a multitude of interscholastic sports teams, including baseball
and cross country running
, water polo
, and wrestling
Air Force Junior ROTC
The School's Air Force JROTC
unit FL-872 Color Guard
has won numerous first place awards and is considered the top Color Guard in the State of Florida. The AFJROTC unit was named an "Distinguished Unit" for the 2005-2006 school year. Seminole High School is currently ranked as a five star school.Its teachers are Colonel Gibson and SMS Sergent Smith
Academic teams, honor societies, and similar activities
Seminole High School students also participate in a variety of academic competitions and honor societies, such as Mu Alpha Theta
, Model United Nations
, Academic Tournament
, Odyssey of the Mind
Honor Society, German Honor
Society, and Spanish
Honor Society. In the spring of 2008, Seminole High's Model United Nations team, representing South Africa
was one of two in the state named an Outstanding Delegation, equivalent to first place, at FHSMUN (Florida High Schools Model United Nations). Seminole High's Academic Tournament team is named Illuminati
. The team also has achieved much success in local and regional competitions. Seminole's Odyssey of the Mind teams have as well. In 2006, one of Seminole High's teams made it to the Odyssey of the Mind world competition hosted in Kansas
. Also, in 2008, Seminole swept the competition at regionals with all four teams receiving first place at the regional division at Markham Woods Middle School
. However, only one of the teams, consisting of Andrew Cashe, Galin Dragiev, Daniel Kozin, Neil Patel, Omair Usmani, Zak Seed, and Thomas Zhang, won first place at the state division held at UCF
and will be going to the world competition at the University of Maryland
Seminole High School also hosts a chapter of National Honor Society, which notably assists in seasonal events hosted by the city of Sanford and in the American Cancer Society fundraising event Relay for Life.
Other extracurricular activities
Seminole High School students also participate in a variety of other organizations. The school has active clubs for Young Democrats
and Young Republicans
, volunteering organizations such as Key Club
, and groups for enthusiasts of anime
, American Sign Language
, ballroom dance
, ping pong
, and Salvation for a Nation
, a group that raises awareness of the Darfur Conflict
, , among others.
SHS also has a very notable health program.