|George W. Jenkins High School|
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road
|School type||Public High School|
|Motto||Prompt, Polite, Prepared|
|School district||Polk County Public Schools|
|Teaching staff||110.00 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||20.83|
|Hours in school day||7 Hours|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Sports||Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wind Dancers, and Wrestling|
|Rival||Lakeland High School|
|Feeder schools||Lakeland Highlands Middle School, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, Southwest Middle School|
George W. Jenkins High School serves Lakeland Highlands, Florida, and Medulla, Florida, the two southernmost unincorporated communities of Lakeland, Florida, a city with a population of 100,710 and a surrounding community of more than 600,000. The school, more commonly known to its students as "George Jenkins" or "Jenkins," is part of the Polk County School system.
It was founded in 1993 and named after George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix, the Lakeland-based supermarket chain. The school was opened to relieve overcrowding at Lakeland High School, Kathleen High School, and Bartow High School. The $25 million campus sits on ninety-five acres in the southeast corner of Lakeland.
The school's mascot is Louie the Eagle and its colors are green and gold.
George W. Jenkins High School has 2,293 students and 123 teachers. The school has produced twenty-two National Merit Scholar finalists since its second operating year, 1994. The school year is divided into two, eighteen-week semesters. Each student attends four classes each Wednesday and Thursday, And seven classes Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
National test scores
SAT Scores (218 Students, 2006–2007)
ACT Scores (153 Students, 2006–2007)
George Jenkins offers students more than 18 sports during Fall, Spring and Winter. Some of the school's sports offerings include football, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, cross country/track, boys soccer, wrestling, swimming and volleyball.
George Jenkins has won two state titles in its school history, one in 1998 by the Boys Tennis team and the other one by the Girls Soccer team on February 13, 2008. The soccer team defeated Satellite High School to capture the Class 5A State Championship. George Jenkins is represented by its Dream Maker band at all large sporting activities. Also, George Jenkins is represented by the ensemble Golden Harmony, who sings the National Anthem at most sporting activities.
- Lance Niekro, 1997 GJHS graduate. Major League Baseball player with the San Francisco Giants. Son of MLB 221 games winning knuckleballer pitcher Joe Niekro.
- Chris Fontaine, 2000 graduate, NASCAR driver.
The school's principal is Buddy Thomas, an educator with more than 30 years experience. George Jenkins' administrative staff also consists of two assistant principals and five deans (of academics, athletics, attendance, and two of students).
2006 State of Florida Academic FCAT Performance Grade: B
2006 State of Florida Academic "Adequate Yearly Progress": Yes
- "GEORGE W. JENKINS HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
- - George W. Jenkins High School Official Web Site
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2008-03-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- - George Jenkins HS Athletics Site Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine
- "Video". CNN. April 17, 2000. Archived from the original on December 2, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- - Pinellas School Grades