Maynard Evans High School

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Coordinates: 28°34′46″N 81°26′57″W / 28.579477°N 81.449167°W / 28.579477; -81.449167

Maynard Evans High School
Motto "A Place of High Achievement!"
Established 1955
Type Public School
Principal Jenny Gibson-Linkh
Students 2,000 (approx.)
Location 4949 Silver Star Road,
Orlando, Florida, United States
Colors Green and White
Mascot Trojans
Website https://www.ocps.net/lc/north/hev/Pages/default.aspx

Maynard Evans High School is a high school located in Orlando, Florida, United States, served by Orange County Public Schools. The school's name is often shortened to "Evans High School", and the mascot for the school are the Trojans.

It primarily serves students from Pine Hills in addition to some students from nearby Clarcona and Lockhart. The original main campus is located on Silver Star Road at the intersection of Pine Hills Road. Starting in 2010, the entire school was demolished and completely rebuilt; with construction completed in December, 2011. The new campus reopened in 2012.[1]

Evans High's academic performance, based upon results of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), was consistently rated at a "D" or "F".[2] However, the school improved in 2011 by earning a "C" for the first time in the school's history.

As of the 2012-2013 school year, Evans received its first "B" in the school's history.

The 9th Grade Center served as the main campus during construction, and the new campus was opened for classes on January 3, 2012.

History[edit]

Plans to build a new high school in Pine Hills began in the early 1950s. Until then, students in Pine Hills were bussed to Edgewater High School, Apopka High School and, to a lesser extent, Winter Park High School. Evans High opened in 1958 with grades 7, 8 and 9 and was officially named "Maynard Evans High School". It was named in honor of a local pharmacist, Maynard Evans, who owned a pharmacy and soda shop in downtown Orlando named "Evans Pharmacy". The following year, grades 10, 11 and 12 were added. The first graduating class was the Class of 1960.

Evans High was built during the height of segregation and it wasn't until 1971 when the school was finally desegregated.

During the 1960s and into the 1970s, the campus grew to include a gymnasium, media center, auditorium, and a stadium shared by Edgewater High School named the "Double E Stadium".

In the 1980s up until the mid-1990s, Evans High was one of the largest schools in Orange County. The student population peaked at 4,500 and in 1993 the 9th Grade Center opened 3 miles (4.8 km) to the west of the main campus.

By 2005, declining conditions on the main campus proved detrimental to the students' education. The Orange County school board planned to build a new $37 million school on board owned land adjacent to the 9th Grade Center Campus. This plan was met with fierce opposition by the mayor of Ocoee and nearby residents; prompting the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to reject the school board's plan in 2008. The school board thus decided to build a new school on the main campus at a cost of $75 million.[3] The 9th Grade Center served as the main campus during construction and the new campus was opened for classes on January 3, 2012. The 9th Grade center is supposedly is being used as "Trojan academy".

Demographics[edit]

In the 2007–2008 school year, the racial makeup of the Evans student body is: 84% Black, 9% Hispanic, 3% White, and 2% Asian and Pacific Islander. (Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2007–2008)

Evans High School has the largest percentage of Haitian students in Orlando.[4]

Athletics[edit]

Evans High's current rival is Jones High School. Football games between the schools are called "The Soul Bowl".

The Evans High School basketball team were the 1975 Class 5A State Champions in 1975.

Evans High School's football team were the 1991 Class 5A State Champions.

Evans High also features baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track, and swim teams.

The Green Machine[edit]

Evans High School's marching band is called "The Green Machine", and their motto is "The Best Band in the Land". As of the 2009–2010 school year, The Green Machine is under the direction of Mr. Melvin Wright.[5]

Alumni[edit]

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