Middleburg High School
|Middleburg High School|
|Number of students||1,783|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
Middleburg High School is a high school located in Middleburg, Florida. The athletic teams are known as the Broncos. During the 2010-2011 year there were 1,783 students. MHS lost almost 300 students following the 2009-2010 school year due to the new Oakleaf High School built. Their biggest rivals include Ridgeview High School, Fleming Island High School, and Orange Park High School; all of which, including the new Oakleaf High School, are all located within 10 miles (16 km) of Middleburg High School.
Middleburg High earned a 'B' from the Florida Department of Education for both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. The school also hosts several Advanced Placement courses, of which participation from students has been on the rise for several years resulting in a higher number of students graduation to 4 year universities than in previous classes. Middleburg is also home to one of the only health block classes in Clay County, and hosts several vocational academies, including the Academy of Agriscience and Automotive, the Academy of Architecture, Construction, and Interior Design, and the newly established Academy of Information Technology.
Middleburg High School has a diverse athletic scene with large participation from students in Cheerleading, Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Track, Cross Country, Dance, Swimming, Wrestling, Football, Baseball, Slow and Fast-Pitch Softball, Academic Team, Marching Band, and Weight Lifting.
The school's mascot, the Bronco, is similar to that of the Denver Broncos, but with alternative colors. “Bronco Country” is often used to refer to the Middleburg athletic department and Middleburg in general.
Middleburg High’s extracurricular activities range widely from the traditional Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), National Honor Society, and chorus to less conventional clubs such as anime. Student participation in Future Farmers of America and NJROTC is particularly high.
Middleburg High features the ‘Bronco Book Club’ as a way to encourage reading amongst its students and executive boards for each class (i.e. Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen). The national Spanish Honor Society hosts an annual cultural festival to promote the school’s diversity. Middleburg also has a Health Students of America chapter which attends state competition yearly. The school also has an active SkillsUSA chapter, in which students compete on the regional, state, and national level in trade-related events.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
In 2011, Middleburg High’s volleyball coach Carrie Prewitt, a single mom and cancer survivor, and her three adopted daughters were featured on the Mother’s Day episode of the ABC reality show, Extreme Makeover. The Prewitt family was flown to the Virgin Islands for a week until their house of 20 years was rebuilt into a 3,400-square-foot (320 m2) home.
More than 1,000 volunteers came out to help build the new house along with the University of North Florida who donated full four year scholarships to Ms. Prewitt’s three children. The family also received four season tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars and monetary donations from the community.
- Pat Tomberlin (Class of 1985) - Former offensive guard for the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Mike Bynum (Class of 1996) - Former professional baseball player (San Diego Padres)
- Richard Owens (Class of 1999) - Former tight end for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and St Louis Rams
- Gary Barnidge (Class of 2004) - Tight end for the Cleveland Browns
- Ronnie Winter of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Class of 2001) Alternative Rock band