Andrew Jackson High School (Jacksonville)

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Andrew Jackson Senior High School
Established 1927
Type Public/magnet school
Principal Iranetta Wright
Students 773
Location Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Red and White
Nickname Jackson
Mascot Tigers

Andrew Jackson Senior High School is the oldest fully accredited high school in Duval County, Florida. It is located just north of downtown Jacksonville on Main Street (U.S. Highway 17). It opened in 1927, followed by Robert E. Lee High School, which opened in 1928. It was originally an all-white school, but the school became integrated in 1970. It is named for U.S. President Andrew Jackson, an important figure in the history of Florida, after whom the city of Jacksonville is also named.

Jackson has the city's oldest athletic rivalry with Robert E. Lee High School. For many years the Jackson-Lee football game was played in the Gator Bowl Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, and it was a major event for students and alumni of both schools. The girls varsity basketball team were 2007 Gateway Conference Champions, beating out Samuel W. Wolfson High School. They won this award three consecutive years.

Jackson is the only high school in Duval County with an off-campus football stadium. The stadium is located about three-fourths of a mile north of the campus on Main Street, adjacent to North Shore Elementary School. Prior to the construction of this facility the Tigers played their home football games at the Gator Bowl. Jackson's step team, People of Prosperity (an organization composed of the Brothers of Honor and Sisters of Integrity) has participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade, along with AFJROTC.

When Duval County Schools were first being established, Jackson was on the verge of losing accreditation due to roof leaks, cracks and window damage. These problems were fixed and the school now hosts magnet programs.

In 2008 Andrew Jackson High School celebrated its 80th anniversary.

Feeder Schools[edit]

Swimming Pool[edit]

The school has an outdoor pool which is used by the athletic teams and physical education classes during the academic year; then it becomes a free public pool operated by the City of Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department during the summer months.

Academics[edit]

Magnet students may go into the criminal justice program, the Air Force ROTC military magnet program, or the medical program. The school also offers the BCE program which is partnered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Junior students are hired to work part-time on campus and have the opportunity to continue that career after graduation. The school currently has a F as of 2009 on the Florida School Accountability Grading Scale.[1] As of January 2012 Andrew Jackson High ranked last in the state of Florida for student achievement.[2]

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2012-01-30/story/state-duval-has-lowest-performing-high-school#ixzz24xYpV53X

Improvement[edit]

Jackson was one of 16 schools nationwide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning in the 2007-2008 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Coordinates: 30°21′44″N 81°39′15″W / 30.362255°N 81.654140°W / 30.362255; -81.654140