Jacksonville High School (Arkansas)
|Jacksonville High School|
|2400 Linda Lane
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Where Everybody is Somebody|
|School district||Pulaski County Special School District|
|NCES District ID||0511850|
|NCES School ID||051185000919|
|Principal||Dr. Jerry Bell|
|Athletics conference||5A Central (2012–14)
6A East (2008–12)
|Team name||Red Devils, Lady Red Devils|
|Newspaper||The Trident Tribune|
|Communities served||Jacksonville, McAlmont|
Jacksonville High School (JHS) is a secondary public school located in Jacksonville, Arkansas for students in grades nine through twelve. JHS serves students in the Jacksonville and McAlmont communities and is administered by the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD). In 2007, Jacksonville requested to become separated from the PCSSD and form its own school district, but a final decision has not been made on that request. In 2013, the boys and girls basketball teams each won the 5A classification state basketball championship.
On May 18, 1907, the Jacksonville Special School District was formed and remained in existence until 1927 when the Pulaski County Special School District consolidated the county's school districts except North Little Rock and Little Rock school districts.
Jacksonville High School's primary rival school is North Pulaski High School, Jacksonville's other secondary school which is located on the west side of the city. Jacksonville is home to Little Rock Air Force Base, featuring one squadron known as the 50th Airlift Squadron Red Devils, perhaps the inspiration for the school mascot of Jacksonville High School. Maybe the reverse is true, as the JHS sports teams went by the name "Red Devils" many years before the 50th Airlift Squadron was located to LRAFB in 1973 and as the 50th Airlift Squadron had different squadron insignia during WWII & the Korean War.
In 2014, the people of Jacksonville voted to break away from Pulaski County Special School District, and form their own school district. An interim school board should be named this fall.
The assumed course of study for students follows the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Students complete regular (core and career focus) courses and exams and may select Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams with the possibility to receive college credit.
As of the beginning of the 2014–15 school year, the school is currently in year 11 of school improvement and is utilizing the national transformation model for school improvement in efforts to spark student achievement. As part of the transformation model requirements, Jacksonville High School has brought in multiple administrators with strong track records of school improvement with the intention of turning the school around with large-scale progress. In addition, the school was granted $5.7 million in a technology grant that has provided the school with interactive whiteboards, student response systems, laptops or tablets, and other classroom technologies for educational use in order to improve student achievement at Jacksonville High School. Furthermore, teachers at Jacksonville High School are being offered extensive professional development and training as part of school improvement. Professional development is centered around literacy and mathematics and is provided through programs such as Advanced Placement training through the AP College Board, Laying the Foundation, and the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative. However, with the advancement of Common Core curriculum and PARCC testing, teachers in all subject disciplines are able to receive training, often at no cost to themselves. The school is currently ranked as the 5th worst school in the state due to low test scores on major end-of-course examinations for Literacy, Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Biology.
Currently part of the highly troubled Pulaski County Special School District, Jacksonville High School may experience more autonomy in its future, as residents in Jacksonville voted to separate from the district in order to form a unitary and autonomous Jacksonville school district. Previously, the district's involvement in a desegregation lawsuit hindered progress to this end, but a judge has since ruled that the district and other districts involved in the initial lawsuit are released from desegregation penalties. The new Jacksonville school district is expected to form by the 2016-2017 school year.
For the 2012–14 seasons, the Jacksonville Red Devils participate in the 5A Classification within the 5A-Central conference as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association. The Red Devils compete in football, volleyball, basketball (boys/girls), soccerr (boys/girls), competitive cheer, baseball, softball, and track and field (boys/girls).
The 5A-Central Conference members include:
- Jacksonville Red Devils
- Little Rock Christian Academy
- McClellan Crimson Lions
- Mills University Studies Comets
- North Pulaski Falcons
- Pulaski Academy Bruins
- Sylvan Hills Bears
- Helena-West Helena Central Mighty Cougars
Home football games are played at Jan Crow Stadium located on the campus, which is named for the former team doctor.
For the 2008–12 seasons, the Jacksonville Red Devils participated in the 6A-East Conference with Jonesboro Golden Hurricane, Little Rock Hall Warriors, Little Rock Parkview Patriots, Marion Patriots, Mountain Home Bombers, West Memphis Blue Devils, and Searcy Lions.
The Red Devils and Lady Red Devils have won 13 state championship titles in school history, to include:
- Arkansas State Football Champions: 1976, 1978, 1981
- Arkansas State Girls Golf Champions: 1994, 1995, 1996
- Arkansas State Boys Basketball Champions: Class 6A - 2009 (Jacksonville-63, LR Hall-62); Class 5A - 2013 (Jacksonville-56, Alma-53)
- Arkansas State Girls Basketball Champions: Class 5A - 2013 (Jacksonville-54, Paragould-43)
- Arkansas State Boys Track and Field Champions: 1970, 1982
- Arkansas State Baseball Champions: 1987, 2011
The following are notable people associated with Jacksonville High School. If the person was a Jacksonville High School student, the number in parentheses indicates the year of graduation; if the person was a faculty or staff member, that person's title and years of association are included:
- Lisa Blount (1975)—Actress and Academy Award—winning producer
- Will Bond (1988)—Arkansas State Representative 2003–2008, Former chair of Arkansas Democratic Party
- Bill Gwatney (1978)—State Chair of the Democratic Party of Arkansas; AR State Senator for 10 years. Financial chair for Governor Mike Beebe 2006 campaign
- Dan Hampton (1975)—NFL Hall of Fame defensive end
- Allen Kerr (1974)—Member since 2009 of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 32 in Pulaski County
- Clinton McDonald (2005)—NFL player for the 2014 Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks - defensive tackle
- Pat O'Brien (1988)—Pulaski County Clerk 2005-2010, Democratic candidate for Arkansas Secretary of State 2010
- Robert Thomas (1993)—Former NFL player (Dallas Cowboys) - fullback
- Chad Walker (1984)—Former NFL player Pittsburgh Steelers - linebacker; Southeastern Conference football referee
- Hugh Walker (1988)—Former MLB player Kansas City Royals - outfielder; Scout for the 2010 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants
- Ariana Miyamoto — Miss Japan in 2015 Miss Universe competition
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- "School Profile, Jacksonville High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- "Stadium named after former team doctor". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. June 26, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2012.