Spanish River Community High School

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Spanish River Community High School
Spanish River.jpg
Established 1983
Type Public High School
Principal William Latson
Students 2395
Grades 9–12
Location 5100 Jog Road,
Boca Raton, Florida 33496, United States
District Palm Beach County School District
Campus Suburban
Colors      Blue and      Silver
Mascot Shark
Yearbook 'The Tiburon'
Newspaper The Galleon

Spanish River Community High School is a public, coeducational high school serving the cities of Boca Raton and Delray Beach as part of the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. It is currently rated as the most comprehensive school in Palm Beach County. Offering 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Spanish River consistently ranks among the top high schools in the county and state with the highest rates of students taking and passing the national, standardized AP exams. Spanish River is also among the few public high schools in the state of Florida to receive a distinguished Rating of 10 out of 10.


Advance Placement (AP) and AICE Courses[edit]

Spanish River is one of the most comprehensive high schools in the Palm Beach County School District, offering 22 Advanced Placement courses.[1] Students are permitted to enroll in these classes from their first year. Among the wide range of college-level courses are AP Computer Science, AP Human Geography, AP Physics B, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Chemistry, and AP Spanish Literature.

With a 78% pass rate in 2012, Spanish River consistently has the highest percentage of students in the county scoring a 3 or higher on the national Advanced placement exams. It also ranks among the top high schools in the county with highest rates of students participating in the AP curriculum. As of the 2012–2013, Spanish River has reinstated its Advance International Certificate of Education (AICE) course curriculum, offering more college-level coursework in business and marine science. It plans on expanding it further in future years.


For students with interests in science, business, history, and law, Spanish River offers competitive enrollment in one of three main academies. In these special programs, students take advanced coursework in their field of interest and extend these extracurricularly throughout their high school careers.

Biotechnology Academy[edit]

In 2006, the Spanish River Biotech Academy was created in order to attract new students to the school and to lead education in Palm Beach County. Initially, classes were held in science classrooms at the school. At the start of the 08-09 school year, the school opened a high tech wing specifically for this academy. The Biotechnology Lab is State of the Art and the only of its kind in the Country. It includes a "Distance Learning Lab" for students to take classes from College Professors. The entire wing is similar to a lecture hall style building at Universities (the wing of the school replaced the old lecture hall building which sat 50 students, along with the adjacent Little Palm Theater which sat 250). It also includes an Indoor Greenhouse. The Biotech Lab includes some of the most up to date educational technology including: at least 1 "SmartBoard" in every classroom (with 3 in the Long Distance Lab), an LCD projector in every classroom to serve multiple uses, state of the art lab equipment, 2 Teacher Planning areas, sustainable restroom, Laptop stations, its own storage area, microscopes, etc.

The Entrepreneur Academy[edit]

With over 300 members, the Spanish River Entrepreneurial academy is an integral part of the Spanish River Community. Ideal for students with an interest in business the academy has two distinct branches of curriculum; Accounting and Marketing. A Spanish River School Store in the main courtyard is run in conjunction with the PTSA and the help of Entrepreneurial Academy students, with partial proceeds benefiting the State's largest DECA chapter.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History & Law[edit]

In 2005, Spanish River was selected by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to host the Institute's first high school history program in the southeast United States. With the support of the Institute, the school has implemented a four-year American history program and a companion legal studies program. Students in the program take a course in American history each year.

The program also includes a unique Saturday Academy program for middle and high school students. The Saturday Academy features narrowly focused, in-depth courses in American history which give students and teachers the time and flexibility to study topics that may otherwise not be fully addressed during school hours [1].


Theatre Arts[edit]

The Theatre Arts Department encompasses both the Drama and Stage Craft aspect of productions at Spanish River. Currently the Drama department is headed by Kathleen Molinaro and Rocco D'Attolico and Stage Craft by Diana Vacco. The drama side entails the actors of productions working through the blocking and other stage aspects. Stage craft focuses on the technical side of drama from set design to lighting and sound. Mainstage productions are performed inside the Countess de Hoernle Theatre that was completed in 2007. In recent years the department has put on a straight play in the fall and a musical in the spring. The most recent productions include "Fiddler on the Roof" in Spring of 2010, A Streetcar Named Desire in Fall of 2010, "Guys and Dolls" in Spring of 2011, and "Sweet Charity" in Spring of 2012. In the Fall of 2010 the Black box theater was established in the drama classroom putting on one-act performances providing a more intimate experience of acting, while allowing for more students to be showcased than is possible in two main stage productions yearly. The next main stage production slated for Spring of 2013 is "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".[2] \


State Titles[edit]

Spanish River's athletic teams have won a number of state titles, including championships in:

  • Girl's Cross Country (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)[3]
  • Boy's Soccer (1997)[4]
  • Girl's Soccer (1996, 1997, 1999)[5]
  • Boy's Tennis (1989, 2011)[6]
  • Girl's Tennis (1987, 1988, 1989, 2006)[7]
  • Boy's Swimming (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991)[8]
  • Girl's Swimming (1986, 1987)[9]
  • Boy's Volleyball (2006, 2007)[10]
  • Girl's Volleyball (1989, 1991, 1996, 2003)[11]

Notable alumni[edit]



Frank Watkins, bass guitarist of Gorgoroth and formerly Obituary.


  • Neil Barofsky, 1988 (Special Treasury Department Inspector General)




  • Brie Turner, 2010. Adult Film star

School Rating[edit]

Each year the school is rated by the students' performance on the FCAT.

Year School Grade
1999 C
2000 C
2001 B
2002 A
2003 B
2004 A
2005 A
2006 A
2007 A
2008 A
2009 A
2010 A
2011 B
2012 A
2013 A


  1. ^ "AP Application and Course Offerings" (PDF). Spanish River High School. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spanish River Community High School Theatre Arts". Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "BOYS SOCCER 2008–2009 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "GIRLS SOCCER 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  6. ^ "BOYS TENNIS 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ "GIRLS TENNIS 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ "BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ "GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  10. ^ "BOYS VOLLEYBALL 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ "GIRLS VOLLEYBALL 2008–09 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved June 29, 2009. 

Coordinates: 26°23′46″N 80°08′39″W / 26.3962271°N 80.1441753°W / 26.3962271; -80.1441753