|School type||Public (U.S.)|
|Location|| Polk County, Florida, |
|Enrollment||Appx 2,000 students|
|School colors||Orange, Blue, White|
In 1996, Bartow High School earned approval from the IBO to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The students pursuing this program are placed in the International Baccalaureate School, a school-within-a-school on the Bartow High campus. While IB students attend many IB specific classes they take regular Bartow High School electives and participate in the Bartow High School athletic program. Beginning with the Class of 2010, it will only be composed of students from western Polk County, due to the opening of a second IB school for students from eastern Polk County in Haines City. The principal of the IB school in Bartow is Dr. Edwin Vetter.
In 2006, the Summerlin Academy was established as a military school located under the same roof as Bartow High School and International Baccalaureate School. The principal of Summerlin Academy in Bartow is Michael Butler.
Most recently, Bartow High School has gained the most attention for its success in girls' softball. The program, coached by Glenn Rutenbar, is the first and only team to have appeared in a FHSAA state championship game for 10 consecutive years (1997-2006). The program won seven titles out of its 10 consecutive appearances and now boasts what is claimed to be the finest high school softball facilities in the state of Florida. During this run, two Bartow pitchers became the first and second players in FHSAA softball history to pitch in four state championship games. Melissa Parsons pitched from 1997-2000, winning the '97 and '00 titles, and Lindsay Littlejohn followed suit from 2002-2005; however, Littlejohn exceeded Parsons' feat by winning all four titles, another first for the history books. Bartow also became the first team in history to win five consecutive state softball championships (2002-2006). In 2003, the program earned a no. 1 national ranking by the USA Today Coaches' Poll. The dynasty fell when the 2007 team lost to rival Lake Wales Highlanders in postseason play.
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