Eastside High School (Gainesville, Florida)
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|Eastside High School|
|Location||Gainesville, Florida, USA|
|District||Alachua County Public Schools|
|Colors||Orange and Emerald|
|Address||1201 Southeast 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32641-7698
|Website||Eastside High School|
Eastside High School is a public school in East Gainesville, FL, USA. It was opened in 1970 and is managed by the Alachua County School District. As of 2011, the school has a student population of approximately 1500 and it is home to two magnet programs: the Institute of Culinary Arts and the area's only International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
The school has been served by eight principals:
- John Dukes
- Mae Islar
- Dr. Ron Nelson
- Dr. Robert Schenck
- Bill Herschleb
- Sandra Hollinger
- Micheal Thorne
- Jeff Charbonnet
Eastside is consistently ranked among the top 50 of America's best high schools; the school was ranked as the 4th best high school in the United States in 2005 and 6th in 2006, making it the top-rated public high school in the country two years in a row. More recently, in 2010 the school was ranked 17th overall. and again in 2011 High School Challenge 2011
The many accolades Eastside receives are due in part to its International Baccalaureate program, which attracts many academically gifted students in the Alachua County area, including children of international professors at the University of Florida. In addition, the Institute of Culinary Arts at the school consistently wins state and national awards, often earning scholarships for participating students.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, a demanding college preparatory curriculum, focuses on the classical liberal arts and sciences. Founded in the 1960s as a common university entrance credential to serve a consortium of international schools, the program is available today in over 2000 schools around the world. Eastside’s IB program, one of the first in Florida, graduated its first class of 21 IB Diploma students in 1987, and has now turned out over 1500 Diploma holders. In the year 2000 Eastside gave more IB examinations than any other school in North America. Over 600 students come from all over Alachua County to Eastside for the IB magnet program. Eastside’s program is large and successful; it has served as a model for other schools in Florida and throughout the US.
The Culinary Art's program is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The program is fast paced and involves many areas including a student run restaurant, bakery and catering service. Students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships. When students meet academic standards and participate in at least 400 hours of work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement, which allows them to earn college credits along with scholarships.
In 2011, Eastside's Institute of Culinary Arts was ranked first in the state of Florida FL competition
Awards and competitions
- Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts brought home a total of $387,000 in Scholarship Money in 2008
- Eastside placed first in le Congrès de la Culture Francaise en Floride (French language competition) thirty times since 1991, including 2011.
- In 2006 the Men's Basketball team won the 5A State Championship for the first state championship in Eastside basketball history.
- In 2007, the Eastside team at the Florida State Spanish Conference won the Florida state championship.
- In 2007, the Eastside Forensics team sent four representatives to the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National tournament held in Houston, Texas over Memorial Day weekend, and qualified one team member to the final round in Student Congress.
- In 2007, Eastside founded a Model UN program. It came in first at the University of Florida's GatorMUN competition in 2008.
- In 2007, the Eastside Mu Alpha Theta team sent eleven members to the National competition in Tampa. They placed eleventh.
- In 2009, Eastside's Mu Alpha Theta Team won 10th place at the State competition in Orlando, FL.
- In 2010, Eastside's Mu Alpha Theta team won 7th place at the State competition in Orlando, FL.
- In 2010, Eastside's oceanography team placed 3rd at their regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition (the Spoonbill Bowl) in St.Petersburg, FL.
- In 2011, Eastside's oceanography team placed 1st at their regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition (the Spoonbill Bowl) in St.Petersburg, FL. The team went on to place 13th at the national competition.
- In 2012, Eastside's oceanography team, Harpoon, placed 1st at their regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition (the Spoonbill Bowl) in St.Petersburg, FL. The team went on to place 3rd at the national competition in Baltimore, MD.
- Meklit Hadero ('98), jazz and folk singer and songwriter
- Craig Silverstein ('90), first employee of Google
- Chloe Mann ('09), University of Florida Women's Volleyball player
- Nancy Yi Fan ('11), New York Times Bestseller author
- Eastside High School Homepage
- Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) School Level Report for EASTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
- Eastside High School Directory Listing by the International Baccalaureate Organization