Jacksonville High School (Arkansas)

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Jacksonville High School
Address
2400 Linda Lane
Jacksonville, Arkansas, United States
Coordinates 34°53′17.3″N 92°6′1.7″W / 34.888139°N 92.100472°W / 34.888139; -92.100472Coordinates: 34°53′17.3″N 92°6′1.7″W / 34.888139°N 92.100472°W / 34.888139; -92.100472
Information
Type Public high school
Motto Where Everybody is Somebody
School district Pulaski County Special School District
NCES District ID 0511850[1]
CEEB Code 041225
NCES School ID 051185000919[2]
Principal Henry Anderson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 945[2] (2010–11)
Color(s)      Red
     Black
Athletics conference 5A Central (2012–14)
6A East (2008–12)
Team name Red Devils, Lady Red Devils
Newspaper The Trident Tribune
Yearbook The Blaze
Communities served Jacksonville, McAlmont
Website

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.[3] In 2013, the boys and girls basketball teams each won the 5A classification state basketball championship.

History[edit]

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. I personally know as I went to JHS during the 1968-69 school year and lived in that area from early 1967. Also, the 50th ALS had different squadron insignia during WWII & Korea. I couldn't find the unit's exact adoption date of their "Red Devils" insignia, so it may well have been after they arrived at LRAFB in 1973.

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.

Academics[edit]

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 2011–12 school year, the school is currently entering into year 8 of school improvement and is utilizing the national transformation model for school improvement in efforts to spark student achievement. 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. As part of the transformation model requirements, Jacksonville high school has new leadership with a strong track record of school improvement that is expected to turn the school around with large-scale progress. In addition, the school was granted $5.7 million in a technology grant that will provide 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. As part of the highly troubled Pulaski County Special School District, Jacksonville High School may experience more autonomy in its future, as many residents in Jacksonville are seeking separation 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.

Athletics[edit]

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.[4] The Red Devils compete in football, volleyball, basketball (boys/girls), soccerr (boys/girls), competitive cheer, baseball, softball, and track and field (boys/girls).[5]

The 5A-Central Conference members include:

Home football games are played at Jan Crow Stadium located on the campus, which is named for the former team doctor.[6]

For the 2008–12 seasons,[7] 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.

State championships[edit]

The Red Devils and Lady Red Devils have won 13 state championship titles in school history, to include:

Notable alumni[edit]

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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Pulaski CO. SPEC. School DIST.". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Jacksonville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jacksonville (Pulaski County)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2012-14 AAA Classifications and Conferences". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "School Profile, Jacksonville High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stadium named after former team doctor". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. June 26, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]

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