J. W. Mitchell High School

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J. W. Mitchell High School
J.W. Mitchell High School Logo.jpg
2323 Little Road
New Port Richey, Florida, 34691
United States
School type Public
Established 2000
School district Pasco County Schools
CEEB Code 101560
Principal Mr. Jim Michaels
Teaching staff 139 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Grades A
Gender Male & Female
Enrollment 2,531 (as of 2010)[1]
Average class size 28
Student to teacher ratio 22:1 (as of 2010)[1]
Campus type Indoor/Outdoor Walkways
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Slogan Empowered by Community, Driven by Integrity, Dedicated to Excellence
Mascot Mustang
Newspaper 'Hoofbeat'
Yearbook 'The Stampede'

J. W. Mitchell High School (Also called Mitchell or MHS), is a public high school in New Port Richey, Florida, and is next to Seven Springs Middle School. The current principal is Mr. Jim Michaels and the school is one of the largest in Pasco County Schools. After the opening of Anclote High School in the 09-10 school year the school was relieved by about 69%.


J. W. Mitchell High School opened at the start of the 2000-01 school year, designed to relieve overcrowding at River Ridge and Gulf High Schools. Its first graduating class was in 2002. The school is named for James Mitchell, a rancher, community leader and businessman. His wife Dorothy served on the school board for about 20 years. It was rumored that the new school would be named 'Seven Springs High School' due to the fact that its campus sits adjacent to Seven Springs Middle School, however that was dispelled in 1999 when the actual name was revealed.

Learning Communities[edit]

  • Science and Technology
  • Health and Human Development
  • Business Technology
  • Arts and Communication


  • Health and Sciences Academy
  • Business Academy
  • Mustang University (9th grade Academy)
  • Academy for the Medical Arts


  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Bowling
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Swim & Dive
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Track and Field
  • Weightlifting
  • Cross Country
  • Cheerleading
  • Step Team
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling
  • Color Guard

State championships[edit]

During the 2009-2010 season, the Mustangs secured Pasco county's first ever soccer state championship. They beat Jacksonville Stanton 1-0, February 18, 2010.

During the 2011-2012 season, Mitchell's Hockey team won their first state championship. They beat Spanish River in Coral Springs, FL 10-2.

Marching band[edit]

J.W. Mitchell's band, the Marching Mustangs, has an active Jazz Ensemble, Colorguard, Percussion Ensemble and is very involved in the FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival. The program also houses 2 full concert bands, the 95 member Symphonic Band and the auditioned 60 member Wind Ensemble.

Extra Curricular/Clubs[edit]

  • National Art Honor Society (NAHS)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • French Honor Society
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Interact Club
  • Key Club
  • Social Inclusion Club
  • Ecology Club
  • International Thespian Society (ITS)
  • Fellowship Of Christian Athletes
  • Music Club
  • Red Cross Club
  • SADD Club
  • French Club
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Junior State of America (JSA) Debate
  • Robotics Club
  • Career Education Clubs of Florida (CECF/DCT/BPA)
  • Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
  • Teen Court
  • Science National Honor Society (SNHS)
  • National English Honor Society (NEHS)

Former principals[edit]

  • Ms. Tina Tiede (2000–2004)
  • Mr. Ric Mellin (2004-2009)
  • Mr. Jim Michaels (2009–present)

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°11′34″N 82°40′01″W / 28.192893°N 82.66684°W / 28.192893; -82.66684