Edward H. White High School

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Ed White High School
"To Boldy Go Where Ed White Has Never Gone Before."
Jacksonville, Florida
Type Public high school
Established 1971
Principal Mr. Christopher Jackson
Campus Urban
Color(s) Green & Gold
Mascot Commanders

Edward H. White High School is a public high school operated by the Duval County Public Schools. It is located on Jacksonville's Westside. It is almost exclusively referred to by Jacksonville denizens as "Ed White High School," not "White High School".

Edward H. White[edit]

Edward H. White High School was named in honor of Edward Higgins White, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, NASA Astronaut, and first American to conduct a spacewalk. He was killed during a pre-launch test aboard Apollo 1 on January 27, 1967 along with fellow astronauts “Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee.

Early Years[edit]

Upon opening in 1971, Ed White took overflow students from Forrest High School and Paxon High School, also on the west side. Like all high schools in Duval county, it served students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. In 1991 the Duval County School Board implemented a change in grade distribution that affected nearly all schools in the county. 9th graders, who had previously attended "junior high schools," were switched to traditional high schools, matching the four-year pattern found in the vast majority of high schools in the United States. Since August 1991, Ed White has been one of these four year high schools, serving 9th through 12th grades.

When first built, there was no bell wrung between classes; instead, music was played for 5 minutes between classes. All students had to be in their next class when the music ended. The music itself came from an 8-Track player that was hooked into the school intercom system in the front office. The "Senior Class" held weekly surveys to decide what music would be played. Some of the bathrooms were fully carpeted. The gymnasium had a state-of-the-art "rubber" floor for basketball, and the cafeteria served milkshakes. All of these features were later changed or removed.

The school was one of the first high schools in Duval County to have a Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or NJROTC unit. That NJROTC unit still exists.

Advanced curriculum[edit]

Ed White currently offers 13 Advanced Placement courses as opportunities for students to receive college credit.[1]

Edward H. White High School was also authorized on March 1, 2012 as an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the IB Diploma Programme, after having pursued authorization since 2008.[2]

Model United Nations Program[edit]

Ed White High School is one of very few Model UN programs in the Northeast Florida region, and has been successful at conferences throughout the state including KnightMUN, GatorMUN, BullMUN, the Volusia County Model UN, and most importantly, FHSMUN (the Florida High Schools Model United Nations).

Performance History at Florida High Schools Model United Nations

Year Award Country
2005 (XXVI) Distinguished Delegation France
2006 (XXVII) Distinguished Delegation The Philippines
2007 (XXVIII) Honorable Mention Delegation Japan
2008 (XXIX) Distinguished Delegation The United Kingdom (also had delegates as the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Lead by Kyle Cogburn as Secretary General
2009 (30) Distinguished Delegation The United Kingdom (also had delegates as the Islamic Republic of Iran)
2010 (31) Distinguished Delegation The People's Republic of China
2010 (31) Honorable Mention Delegation The Kingdom of Spain

In May 2009, the team also participated at the 10th Annual UNA-USA Model United Nations Conference held in New York City. As Peru, the team won Honorable Mention in General Assembly Sixth Committee and UN Climate Change Conference: Latin America.[3]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dee Webb- CB; Jacksonville Jaguars; 2006-2007


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Coordinates: 30°17′22″N 81°46′04″W / 30.289354°N 81.767892°W / 30.289354; -81.767892