George W. Jenkins High School

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George W. Jenkins High School
Prompt, Polite, Prepared
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, Florida, Polk County, 33813
United States
Coordinates 27°57′27″N 81°55′15″W / 27.95750°N 81.92083°W / 27.95750; -81.92083
School type Public High School
Established 1993
Status Open
School district Polk County Public Schools
School code 100894
Principal Buddy Thomas
Asst. Principal Jason Looney,
Randall Bruestle
Faculty 123
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,293
Student to teacher ratio 18.6
Language English, Spanish
Hours in school day 6 Hours, 35 Minutes
Color(s) Green      and Gold     
Sports Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wind Dancers, and Wrestling
Nickname Eagles
Rival Lakeland High School
Feeder schools Lakeland Highlands Middle School, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy

George W. Jenkins High School serves Lakeland, FL, a city with a population of 94,000 and a surrounding community of more than 600,000.[1] The school, more commonly known to its students as "George Jenkins" or "Jenkins," is part of the Polk County School system. It was founded in 1993 and named after Publix founder George W. Jenkins. The school was opened to relieve overcrowding at both Lakeland High School and Bartow High School. The $25 million dollar campus sits on ninety-five acres in the southeast corner of Lakeland. The school's mission statement is to "provide quality education for every student in a challenging and caring atmosphere through dedication to educational excellence and commitment to the community."

The school's mascot is Louie the Eagle and its colors are green and gold. The school has received the "Five Star School" award from the Florida Commissioner of Education for 1995–1996, 1996–1997, and 1997-1998.[citation needed] The award recognized schools with exemplary community involvement, which is made possible by the more than 30 organizations through which its students can volunteer to help the local community.


The part of the school overlooking the entrance, with a sign donated by the class of 1995.

George W. Jenkins High School has 2,293 students and 123 teachers. The school has produced twenty-two National Merit Scholar finalists since its second operating year, 1994. [1] The school year is divided into two, eighteen-week semesters. Each student attends four classes per day, with three alternating every other day on a block schedule.

National Test Scores[edit]

SAT Scores (218 Students, 2006–2007)

Locality Verbal Math Writing
Local Average 500 509 485
State Average 497 496 479
National Average 502 496 494

ACT Scores (153 Students, 2006–2007)

Locality Score
Local Average 22.0
State Average 19.9
National Average 21.2


George Jenkins offers students more than 18 sports during Fall, Spring and Winter. Some of the school's sports offerings include football, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, cross country/track, boys soccer, wrestling, swimming and volleyball.

George Jenkins has won two state titles in its school history, one in 1998 by the Boys Tennis team and the other one by the Girls Soccer team on February 13, 2008. The soccer team defeated Satellite High School to capture the Class 5A State Championship.[2][3] George Jenkins is represented by its Dream Maker band at all large sporting activities. Also, George Jenkins is represented by the ensemble Golden Harmony, who sings the National Anthem at most sporting activities.

Notable alumni[edit]


The courtyard in the center of the four primary buildings.

The school's principal is Buddy Thomas, an educator with more than 30 years experience. George Jenkins' administrative staff also consists of two assistant principals and five deans (of academics, athletics, attendance, and two of students).

Lake Region High School, in Winter Haven, FL, is modeled after George Jenkins.

2006 State of Florida Academic FCAT Performance Grade: B

2006 State of Florida Academic "Adequate Yearly Progress": Yes[5]