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|The Bolles School|
The Bolles Way: Pursuing excellence through courage, integrity, and compassion.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
|Type||Private, day, boarding|
|Head teacher||Bradley R. Johnson '79|
|Grades||Pre-K – 12|
|Campus size||84 acres (0.34 km2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Orange|
|Tuition||$40,000 (seven-day boarding)
$20,050 (day student 9–12)
$17,100 (day student 6–8)
The Bolles School is an American private college preparatory day and boarding school in Jacksonville, Florida. It has a lower school (including pre-kindergarten), a middle school, and a high school, spread across four campuses around the Jacksonville area, and enrolls about 1,800 students a year. The school was founded in 1933 as an all-boys military academy. It dropped its military focus in 1962 and became coeducational in 1971. Its athletics programs have been recognized as some of the best in the Florida High School Athletic Association by Sports Illustrated magazine.
The school was founded as an all-boys' military academy in 1933 by Agnes Cain Painter, a friend of philanthropist Richard J. Bolles. The original campus, now known as the San Jose Campus, was founded in a former hotel on San Jose Boulevard near the east bank of the St. Johns River. Bolles announced that it would drop its military status in 1961 and the graduating class of 1962 ended the military era. It began admitting girls in 1971. Today, male and female students are enrolled in relatively equal numbers.
International students have enrolled at Bolles since the late 1930s, and the school maintains separate boys and girls boarding facilities for 90 students from other states and 22 foreign counties. The school also has an active Student exchange program with schools in Japan, France and Spain. Participants live with the host family while attending school.
John E. Trainer, Jr. served as the sixth Bolles President/Headmaster from 2002 until 2012 and oversaw growth of the Bartram campus, creation of an elementary school in Ponte Vedra Beach, and boosting the schools endowment. He was succeeded by Brian E. M. Johnson for the 2012-13 school year, who was succeeded by current Head of School Bradley R. Johnson '79.
The school's campuses include:
- Upper School (grades 9-12) - San Jose Campus (Jacksonville)
- Middle School (6-8) - Bartram Campus (Jacksonville)
- Lower School (pre-kindergarten-5) - Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra Beach) & Whitehurst (Jacksonville) Campuses
Bolles has been a fully accredited Florida high school since 1934. The Bolles Faculty hold 13 doctorate degrees and 90 master's degrees; almost 50% of the faculty holds an advanced degree. The teacher-student ratio is 1:9. Bolles operates on a two-semester academic year, with each semester split into two quarters.
Bolles offers Advanced Placement courses in:
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- Computer Science A
- Physics B
- European History
- United States History
- English Language
- English Literature
- Comparative Government and Politics
- United States Government and Politics
- French Language
- Chinese Language
- Latin: Vergil
- Latin: Literature
- Spanish Language
- Art History
- Portfolio Art
Bolles offers arts programs in five areas: dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, and visual arts.
In 2005, Sports Illustrated named Bolles's athletic program the ninth best in the country, and second best in Florida. Of the top twenty-five schools, Bolles was the only one with an Upper School enrollment of under 1,000 students. Bolles has received the Florida High School Athletic Association's Dodge Sunshine Cup/Floyd E. Lay All-Sports Award (given to the best overall athletic program in each school type/size classification in Florida) for eleven consecutive years. The school has recently[when?] won state championships in baseball, cross country, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, crew, volleyball and wrestling.
The swim team, which established prominence under Coach Gregg Troy, who now coaches at the University of Florida, is highly successful. Bolles' boys and girls swim teams have been state champions every year since 1984, usually sweeping most events at state meets. The girls team has won the National Championship nine times, while the boys team has won or been runners-up for the National Championship eleven times. The school's swimming facility has its own offices, weight room (separate from the weightroom that the rest of the school uses), and two swimming pools (one Olympic-sized). Bolles has had at least one alumnus or student competing in every summer Olympics since 1972. In recent Olympics, up to two dozen Bolles students and alumni have swum for their respective countries. The Bolles Sharks, Bolles's club swim team, compete and practice year-round.
The school's football team is coached by Charles "Corky" Rogers, the all-time winningest Florida high school football coach, and has won eleven state championships, ten under Rogers. For the 2009 season, the Bulldogs went 12-1, losing only to Cocoa High School, 44-37 in overtime. They defeated Tampa Catholic in the state championship game on December 12, 21-7.
Bolles School Championships Season Sport Team Championship F A L L Football Boys 31 District Championships 3 times State Runners-up 11 State Championships Volleyball Girls 25 District Championships 21 Final Four berths 7 times State Runners-up 2 State Championships Golf Boys 8 District Championships 2 times State Runners-up 2 State Championships Girls 11 District Championships Cross Country Boys 7 District Championships 2 times State Runners-up 3 State Championships Girls 8 District Championships 4 times State Runners-up 5 State Championships Swimming & Diving Boys 50 District Championships 12 times State Runners-up 33 State Championships 6 times National Runners-up 5 National Championships Girls 34 District Championships 5 times State Runners-up 26 State Championships 1 time National Runners-up 9 National Championships W I N T E R Basketball Boys 20 District Championships 10 Final Four berths 4 times State Runners-up 3 State Championships Girls 2 District Championships Wrestling Boys 11 District Championships 1 time State Runners-up 2 State Championships Soccer Boys 17 District Championships 14 times Final Four berth 4 State Runners-up Girls 14 District Championships 13 times Final Four berth 3 times State Runners-up 4 State Championships S P R I N G Baseball Boys 26 District Championships 16 times Final Four berth 3 times State Runners-up 4 State Championships Softball Girls 3 District Championships 2 times State Runners-up Tennis Boys 30 District Championships 7 times State Runners-up 2 State Championships Girls 30 District Championships 7 times State Runners-up 3 State Championships Lacrosse Boys 3 District Championships Weightlifting Boys 6 times Top 5 in State Crew Boys 5 State Championship Boats Girls 5 State Championship Boats Track & Field Boys 12 District Championships 1 time State Runners-up 1 State Championship Girls 2 District Championships 1 time State Runners-up
Bolles's Superintendent's Academic Challenge won first place in 2005, second in 2006, and second again in 2010. The school's team has placed four different individuals on Team Duval, which represents Duval County in the statewide Commissioner's Academic Challenge, Florida's precursor to the national Panasonic Academic Challenge. In 2010, two Bolles students were a part of the six-member Team Duval that advanced to the final round of the Commissioner's Academic Challenge at Walt Disney World.
Its mock trial team won the 2010 Jacksonville Bar Association mock trial competition.
The school's drama program performs a musical every second year and a Shakespeare play every third year. There is also an annual night of one act plays, directed by students. Performing groups include Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band, Choir, Choral Music and Dance. Student Publications include: the school newspaper, The Bugle; the literary magazine, Perspective and the yearbook, Turris. Student Government is composed of Honor Council, Student Council and Class Officers.
- Linden Ashby – actor
- George Bovell – Olympic bronze medal swimmer
- Dee Brown – former National Basketball Association player
- Greg Burgess – Olympic silver medal swimmer
- Shaun Chapas – NFL fullback for the Detroit Lions
- Bruce Crump – southern rock musician
- Jay Herndon – NFL Wide Receiver for the San Diego Chargers
- Trina Jackson – Olympic gold medal swimmer
- Chipper Jones – former Major League Baseball player
- Jon Kanak – Film and Television producer, Literary Manager, Los Angeles, CA and London, UK
- Joseph Kittinger – United States Air Force pilot, performed the record highest and fastest skydive at over 100,000 feet as a key member of Project Excelsior
- David Larson – Olympic gold medal swimmer
- Amelia Lewis – LPGA Professional Golfer. Lewis attended UF in 2009 on a golf scholarship before turning pro. She currently has 57 professional and amateur wins to her name.
- Brian Liesegang – Filter, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Corgan, Veruca Salt; songwriter, producer, musician
- David López-Zubero – Olympic bronze medal swimmer
- Martin López-Zubero – Olympic gold medal swimmer
- MacKenzie Miller – U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer
- Anthony Nesty – Olympic gold medal swimmer
- Gram Parsons – country rock musician
- Colin Peek – All-SEC and Academic All-SEC tight end for the University of Alabama 2010 BCS National Championship team and a free agent in the National Football League
- John Russell – All-ACC defensive lineman for the Wake Forest University Deamon Deacons and the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay Packers of the NFL
- George Scribner – Disney Director, Imagineer. Directed Oliver & Company. Professional Painter.
- Riley Skinner – All-ACC quarterback for the Wake Forest University Deamon Deacons and NFL New York Giants 
- Jason Spitz – NFL player with the Jacksonville Jaguars 
- David Treadwell – former NFL Football player
- Travis Tygart – CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency USADA 
- Fred Tyler – Olympic gold medal swimmer
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – Olympic swimmer
- Dez White – former NFL player
- Ashley Whitney – Olympic gold medal swimmer
- Mari Wilensky – 2006 Miss Florida
- Rick Wilkins – former Major League Baseball player
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