Booker T. Washington High School (Pensacola, Florida)
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|Booker T. Washington High School|
|6000 College Parkway
Pensacola, Florida, Escambia County, 32503
|School type||Comprehensive Public High School|
|Motto||"The Citadel of Learning"|
|School district||Escambia County School District|
|Principal||Michael J. Roberts|
|Number of students||1423|
|School color(s)||Royal Blue, White, and Gold|
|Song||I'm So Glad|
|Fight song||Southern University Fight Song|
|Rival||Pensacola High School|
|Accreditation(s)||Florida State Department of Education|
Booker T. Washington High School is a secondary school currently located at 6000 College Parkway in Pensacola, Florida, and is part of the Escambia County School District. It was named after the African-American education pioneer Booker T. Washington. The previous location for the school is now in use as the J.E. Hall Center.
Booker T. Washington is also the primary location for disabled students in the county.
The school is contained within a single structure and features separate sections for each area of academic instruction. Although the school has always had portable classrooms, many more have been added due to the recent influx in student population.
Outlying sites include a driving instruction range, basketball courts, fields for baseball, football, and soccer, as well as a track. The Roy Jones Jr./Derrick Brooks Athletic Complex is situated next to the school with Sherman Robinson Stadium being the main feature of the facilities. Ronnie and Janis Bond Gymnasium is home to the Wildcat basketball and volleyball teams.
The new Performing Arts Building is equipped with a T.V. Production Studio where students deliver the morning announcements each day, a ticket booth, a fully functioning Concessions Stand that sells snacks during performances, a dance studio, male and female dressing rooms, a stage, a cat walk, and an Orchestra Pit.
Recently, the City of Pensacola installed signs in front of the College Parkway school that state, “Sherman L. Robinson Way designated by B.T. Washington High Class of 1987, Pensacola City Council”. The school itself almost lacks windows completely, making it a prime place for a hurricane shelter.
The school first opened in 1916 as a segregated black school and remained that way until 1969, when it was integrated as a result of a federal court order. It moved from its previous location on Texar Drive in 1982 to College Parkway.
In 2012, Washington celebrated their 100 year anniversary. Cat Pac t-shirts were brought back and 100 year commemoration shirts were sold in the Cat Shack.
- Roy Jones, Jr., Boxer
- General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., First black 4 star General in the USAF
- Derrick Brooks, Former NFL linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State University
- Kenneth B. Bell, Former Florida Supreme Court Judge
- Ladarius Green, Professional football player
- Paul Hill, Director, Mission Operations, JSC, NASA