P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School
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|P. K. Yonge Developmental
|Director||Dr. Lynda Hayes|
|Location||Gainesville, Florida, USA|
P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School (PKY) is a public school affiliated with the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida serving students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is a one-school school district and a department of the College of Education of the University of Florida. As its name implies, P. K. Yonge DRS is a laboratory school and is a leader in school-embedded educational research in the state of Florida.
The school is named in honor of Philip Keyes Yonge (1850–1934), who served 29 years on the Florida Board of Control, the former governing body for all Florida public universities, including 22 years as its chairman. Yonge demonstrated a commitment to improve education in the state of Florida.
The School Director is Dr. Lynda Hayes. Dr. Cathy Atria is the Principal, and Dr. Russell Froman is the Assistant Principal. Dr. Carrie Geiger is the Supervisor of Instructional Practice and David Holt is the Director of Operations .
One notable feature of the school is the creek (Tumblin' Creek) that runs through the school property. The cafeteria sits on the creek and students may enjoy the Florida nature scene while dining outdoors. It also has a county and state renowned performing arts program. Its band earned a standing superior at the Florida Band Master's Assessment in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Subsequently, the band qualified for state level competition in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, placing 15th, 13th, 7th, and 16th respectively in its class, as well as placing 8th in class 2A performance.
At the beginning of the 2012–13 school year, P. K. Yonge opened a state of the art elementary school building.
P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School teams compete under the name "Blue Wave". The boys basketball program, won the state championship in 1991. The girls have won state championships four times, in 1981, 1983, 2010 and 2012. The school has also won state titles in Boy's Cross Country (1980), Boy's Track and Field (1965, 2005, 2006, 2007), Girl's Track and Field (2005) and Girl's Volleyball (2000, 2002,2014).
P. K. Yonge has teams in the following sports:
Marching and Concert bands
The Blue Wave Marching Band started their 2009-2010 competition season with a clean-sweep of the Hurricane Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival class 1A competition, taking home all nine awards related to the class. These awards include General Effect, Music Performance, Marching Performance, Auxiliary/Color Guard, and Drum Major. They won first place over five competing bands, garnering a slot in a Final-competition performance. In their 2010 season the marching band made a huge improvement making seventh place at State Competition in the class 1A, while last year they scored in thirteenth place.
- Model UN (United Nations)
- Key Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Marine Science Club
- National Honor Society
- National Junior Honor Society
- March of Dimes
- International Club
- Strategic, Tactics, Game Club
- Student Council
- Weightlifting Club
- Video Game Club
- Theater Technology Club
- Bluegrass Club
- FIRST Robotics Team FRC 4118
- Sailing Club
- Speech and Debate Club
- "FHSAA Championship Record Books". Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 1 April 2014.