Palm Beach Gardens Community High School
|Palm Beach Gardens Community High School|
|4245 Holly Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
|Color(s)||Orange and blue|
|Information||PHONE: (561) 694-7300|
|Website||PBGHS web site|
Palm Beach Gardens Community High School is a public magnet high school for grades 9-12 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The school mascot is the Gator. It is well known for its athletics and medical magnet program. It was built in 1969 as a public high school. The original school was demolished and a new school opened in August 2009.
Palm Beach Gardens' academic program is based on local School District of Palm Beach County policy, standards of the State of Florida. In addition, students are given the opportunity to join magnet programs such as Global Business and Entrepreneurship, Pre-Med, Sports Management, Tourism, and TV and Film Production. The magnet programs are supplemented by two career-building organizations which are Future Business Leaders of America and Health Occupations Students of America. Palm Beach Gardens Community High School is known for notoriously attaining the largest FBLA chapter in Florida, with members more than 400 strong.
In 1974 the Gator football team went 11-0, its first season undefeated beating perennial power Fort Pierce Central H. S. Cobras, and earned a play-off spot against Haines City High School. In 2005, the Gators won the Florida class 6A state championship in football.
The softball team won back-to-back class 6A state championship titles in 2005 and 2006 and again won back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 the softball team ranked #1 in the ESPN National Softball Fab50 ranking.
The Gator lacrosse team recently won the 2008 1A Florida State championship, finishing their season 20-0.
During the 2008 season, the girl's varsity golf team became the County's Conference Champion, District Champions, and Regional Champions. The Lady Gators went to States and placed 9th out of 16.
School specifics 
Academic statistics 
- Students Per Teacher: 15.9
- Enrollment: 2,596
- Schoolwide Reading Proficiency: 31.5%
- Schoolwide Math Proficiency: 60.7%
- Graduation rate: 87.6%
Community demographics 
- White: 89.1%
- Hispanic: 5.6%
- Black: 2.3%
- Two or more races: 1.0%
- Asian Indian: 0.7%
- Other race: 0.7%
In February 2009, during a routine check of school spending by the Palm Beach County School District it was found that Principal Jonathan Prince was improperly spending school funds. Some of these charges include Gas for his personal vehicle, Room Service at a convention, Restaurant Bills for his family, a tuxedo rental, flowers for school secretaries on Valentines Day, and an end of year dinner for the assistant principals and guidance counselors. In response Prince was forced to pay back thousands of dollars, Serve 20 hours of community service, and was demoted to Assistant Principal to avoid criminal charges. He was also suspended for 20 days without pay. As of today Dr. Prince is an assistant principal at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School 
Notable alumni 
- Emanuel Cook, 2006 graduate, National Football League safety for the Baltimore Ravens
- Joe Grahe, 1985 graduate who is a member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame and played 7 years of Major League Baseball as a pitcher with the California Angels, Colorado Rockies, and Philadelphia Phillies from 1990-1996.
- Zach Miner, 2000 graduate, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers from 2006-2009.
- Chris Volstad, 2005 graduate, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs
- Keron Williams, 2002 graduate, Canadian Football League player for the BC Lions
- Willie Young, 2004 graduate, National Football League defensive end for the Detroit Lions
Eric Kresser, 1992 graduate, NFL Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Laura Green (August 13, 2009). "Gardens High welcomes new state-of-the art facilities". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- Noted by Charles M. Cleveland, graduate, PBGHS 1974, email correspondence.
- http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/sfl-palm-beach-gardens-principal-bn070609,0,6498315.story%7CSun-Sentinel Article on Prince Incident