Sarasota High School
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|Sarasota High School|
|The Sailor is the mascot of SHS|
|1000 South School Avenue
Sarasota, Florida, 34237-8016
|School type||Public High School|
|School board||Sarasota County School Board|
|School district||Sarasota County Schools|
|Color(s)||Black and Orange|
Sarasota High School
Old Sarasota High building
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||M. Leo Elliott, T. A. Monk|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||84003844|
|Added to NRHP||March 22, 1984|
Paul Rudolph Sarasota High School Addition
|MPS||Sarasota School of Architecture MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||12000365|
|Added to NRHP||June 27, 2012|
Sarasota High School first opened in 1913. The school was relocated after a newer building was completed in 1926 on South Tamiami Trail. M. Leo Elliott and T. A. Monk were the projects architects. The Sailor Circus held their first performance in 1950 as an extension of the PE class at the high school.
During 1958 and 1959, the school was expanded due to an expanding student body. The addition was designed by notable modernist architect Paul Rudolph. In celebration of the Circus' 20th anniversary in 1969, the Sailor Circus relocated to an arena right outside the school campus. Finally, in 1996, the school expanded to its current size of 85 acres (340,000 m2), and classes begin to move out of the old Sarasota High building.
Sports and Activities
The school offers numerous clubs including: JROTC, drama guild, Mighty Sailor Band, history club, French club, Spanish club, American Sign Language club, National Honor Society, student government, First Priority Christian Club, Lady Sailor Club, Ex Libris Book Club, La Sertoa, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, and a Speech & Debate team. Some of the sports the school offers include soccer, cheerleading, swimming, track, wrestling, weight lifting, cross country, basketball, football, softball, golf, sailing, and a nationally ranked baseball team which on May 19, 2007 won its eighth Florida State Baseball Championship with a 1-0 victory over Deland High School in the 6A classification. Baseball State Champions - 1957(2A) 1973(4A) 1987(4A) 1989(4A) 1993(4A)1994(5A) 1996(5A) 2007(6A) Softball State Champion - 1999(5A) Tennis State Champion - 1999(5A) Boys Golf State Champion - 2005(2A)
The world-famous Sarasota High School Sailor Circus began as a mid-game tumbling demonstration during a football game in 1949. It has evolved into a near full-fledged circus of student performers trained and supervised by faculty and parents, some of which are or were professional circus performers. The Sailor Circus appeared on numerous television programs and has traveled throughout the United States, Japan and Peru. In 1952, Warner Brothers made a 30 minute short which was shown in theaters throughout North America. Through an agreement with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, Inc. (Ringling having a long association with Sarasota), the Sailor Circus is officially known as "The Greatest Little Show On Earth".
2009 was the mark of the 60th anniversary of Sailor circus, which is no longer affiliated with Sarasota High School. It is now operated by the Police Athletic League (P.A.L) of Sarasota.
The school currently has over 2,600 students with 139 teachers and faculty. The campus featuring 19 buildings (5 of them being 2 stories) and 10 portable units (each containing one classroom). There are 2 cafeterias, 2 gymnasiums, 2 locker rooms, a professional weight training room, an auditorium with stage and dressing rooms, a circus arena, 8 tennis courts, 2 baseball/softball diamonds, a football stadium with a track surrounding it, and a soccer field, and 4 parking lots. Sarasota High School is large enough to have to spread over streets. During school hours, School Ave. and Championship Dr. are closed to cars so students can cross safely without having to worry about cars.
Sarasota High features a 1 mile walking path around and through the school. The path starts outside the attendance office in Building 1, then follows the north side of Building 1 where it loops around Building 3, and then continues heading east between Buildings 3 and 8. It then goes through a parking lot southeast of the football stadium and along the east side of Building 6. It then goes through the portable classrooms and weaves out onto School Avenue north of the campus. Then, one must walk down School Avenue to the campus and walk along Hatton St. north of Building 13, continue along Hatton Street and turn right onto Shade Avenue hugging the former tennis courts (now pick-up ring) near the soccer building. The path then continues onto a path in-between the 2 baseball/softball fields and continues along the south end of Buildings 22 and 14. The path then crosses School Avenue and goes around the east end of Building 1, ending at the same location it began.
MaST Research Institute is a magnet program at Sarasota High. This program emphazises in math, science, and engineering. The main focus of the program is to educate students on the scientific research process and then to have its members complete in-depth research projects over the course of their high school careers. Students defend their research in a public forum at the end of their senior year at the program's annual science symposium. Students involved in the MaST Research Institute have won multiple awards for their research, including: multiple entrants and placement at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, placement at the International ISWEEEP competition, multiple placements (including 1st place) and entrants to the statewide Florida Junior Academy of Science Competition; and multiple entrants and placement in the statewide Junior Science Engineering and Humanities Symposium. MaST students have attended some of the top Universities in the nation upon graduation, including (but not limited to): Princeton, Harvard, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, Georgetown, and Georgia Tech.
In the 2011-2012 school year, Sarasota High School started the magnet program AICE, the Advanced International Certificate of Education, a program from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. The program is new to Florida, but is common through the rest of the world. One of the main reasons of bringing the AICE program to Sarasota High, was to keep the college bound students districted to Sarasota High from going to the International Baccalaureate magnet program at Riverview High School. The goal of the program is to allow students to choose the amount of college prep classes they want, from 1 to all their core classes. The program has 3 main groups (Languages, Humanities and Arts, and Math and Science) and a student will need to take an AICE exam in 6 AICE classes to get a test in each of the 3 groups, and then the other 3 from any area. Students begin taking AICE classes in 9th grade. They take Pre-AICE classes in 9th and some of 10th grade. Sarasota High has replaced honors classes with Pre-AICE classes. A student can get up to 45 college credits with AICE compared with only 10 credits in IB at Riverview High School. If a student completes 100 hours of community service, a student can also receive 100% of the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
Sarasota High School offers students the chance to learn Spanish, French, or American Sign Language. Latin used to be offered. Although not a requirement of graduation in Florida, 2 years of a foreign language is required for admission into a state university.
Sarasota High School has a band, choir, and drama guild. The band performs at all the football games and the drama guild also put on plays.
- Sarasota High School was planned to move from standard scheduling to block scheduling in the 2006-2007 school year. However, after much criticism and concern from the parents of many students, school officials decided to delay the implementation of block schedule until the 2007-2008 school year. Block scheduling was used again in the 2008-2009 school year, but due to lack of funding, the school switched back to traditional scheduling for the 2009-2010 school year.As of the 2011-2012 school year, the class period is 47 min, with a 30 min lunch, and 6 min transition time in between classes.
- Joe Ayrault - Former professional baseball player (Atlanta Braves) and current minor league Manager of the Brevard County Manatees
- Greg Blosser - Former professional baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
- Paul Azinger - 1993 PGA Championship Winner and 2008 Winning Ryder Cup Captain
- Joe Cash - World champion water skier
- Doug Corbett - Former professional baseball player (Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles)
- Ian Desmond - MLB shortstop for the Washington Nationals
- Ken Forssi - Bassist with Love, graduated 1962
- Adrian Garrett - Former professional baseball player (Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, California Angels)
- Wayne Garrett - Former professional baseball player (New York Mets, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals)
- John-Ford Griffin - Former professional baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays)
- Herb Haygood - Drafted by the Denver Broncos 2002 graduated 1997
- James Houser - Former professional baseball player (Florida Marlins)
- Casey Kelly - Pitcher for the San Diego Padres
- Derek Lilliquist - Former professional baseball player (Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds)
- Jason Miller - Former professional baseball player (Minnesota Twins)
- Mark Pauline - Performance Artist, graduated 1970
- Paul Rubenfeld, aka Pee-Wee Herman - Actor, graduated 1970
- Bobby Seay - MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
- Skippy Whitaker - Retired basketball player (Boston Celtics)
- Hugh Yancy - Former professional baseball player (Chicago White Sox)
- Moses Black - CFL 1991 graduated 1988
- Ed Price - State Legislator, Civic leader, graduated 1936
- Grand Reunion multi-year classmate reunion website
- Broadcasts/Podcasts of Sailor Football, Basketball, Baseball Sailors Sports Broadcasts