|Mulberry High School|
One Panther Place
(Northeast Fourth Circle)
Mulberry, FL 33860
|Motto||Where today meets tomorrow's goals|
|School district||Polk County Public Schools|
|Student to teacher ratio||19.23|
|Color(s)|| blue |
Mulberry's then-only public school began high school classes in 1907. In 1914, a separate high school was constructed; it was a two-story brick building with six classrooms and an auditorium, costing approximately $12,500.
In 1922, land was donated for the construction of a new high school, on the east side of what is now Northeast First Avenue; construction was completed in 1924. Also in 1924, MHS began inter-school football play.
During the Great Depression, many schools cut their terms or lost their accreditation, and the state of Florida ran out of money, but MHS was able to stay open thanks to taxes paid by area phosphate firms.
In 1955, the current school was constructed on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land given by Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation and International Minerals and Chemical Corporation; the old high school was converted to an elementary school, Purcell.
- John Vincent Atanasoff (1903–1995), 1920 graduate: Inventor of the electronic digital computer. Graduated after two years; in 1985, the school's computer center was named for him.
- Dedrick Dodge (b. 1965): safety in the National Football League from 1991-1998.
- Kenny Howes (b. 1970): musician
- Bob Murphy (b. 1943), 1962 graduate: Professional golfer and sportscaster.
- J. T. Ready (1973–2012), 1992 graduate: Notable neo-Nazi.
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