West Florida High School of Advanced Technology

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West Florida High School of Advanced Technology
Location
2400 Longleaf Dr., Pensacola 32526, Florida, USA
Information
Type Magnet
Established 2001
Dean Wanda Perkins
Principal Eric Smith
Number of students 1200+
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black and Red
Mascot Jaguar
District Escambia County School District
Website

West Florida High School of Advanced Technology is a magnet high school located in Pensacola, Florida.

West Florida High School of Advanced Technology opened in August 2001 with 325 ninth graders. Today, the current enrollment is 1,311 students, ninth through twelfth grade.

West Florida High provides many sports such as football, volleyball, baseball, cheerleading, softball, cross-country, track and field, basketball, soccer, swimming, weightlifting, tennis and golf. They also added a marching band for the 2010-2011 school year; the band will start playing at Varsity games in the 2011-2012 school year.

Technical fields[edit]

  • Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Cox Telecommunications Academy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drafting and Design Technology
  • Emergency Medicine/Fire Rescue Services
  • Gulf Power Academy
  • Multimedia Academy
  • Pre-Professional Nursing
  • Sports Medicine

Though previously on block scheduling, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the school switched to seven periods a day. In the 2009-2010 school year, the school switched back to block scheduling.

There are many mentoring and job shadowing programs.

In the 2007-2008 year, West Florida has announced its "C.I.M." (Continuous Improvement Model) program. It dedicates 10 minutes every day to FCAT Prep and reinforcing prior knowledge. This changed in the 2009-2010 school year, where they changed the ten-minute period of FCAT to a ten-minute snack break, as students were too hungry due to the late 'D' lunch[citation needed], which begins at 1:25.

Previous technical fields[edit]

  • Automotive (2001–2008)
  • Automotive Repair (2001–2008)
  • CISCO (200X/0X—2007/08)
  • Pre-Engineering (200X/0X-200X/0X)
  • Veterinary (200X/0X—2007/08)
  • Legal Services (200x/0x - 2012/2013

Capstone[edit]

Each student completes a Capstone project—a display of comprehension and mastery of a given field - that focuses on a field-related topic. A student's technical courses, junior and senior year English courses, and T.E.C.H. courses are involved in its completion.

The project is separated into three parts:

  • technical paper (eleventh grade)
  • product or project-related community service (11th and 12th grades)
  • presentation with visual aides (twelfth grade)

If a mean grade of 60% or above is earned, a student is presented with a technical certificate (or available equivalent) upon graduation.

During the 2011-2012 school year, the school changed their Capstone system with a major revision. This is now called "Capstone 2.0". Students complete it during the 11th grade year only, and it consists of a small proposal paper, an established timeline, and the final product.

Valedictorians[edit]


2005 - Allison Simpson
2006 - Brittany Hammac
2007 - Yen Chau
2008 - Eric Peterson
2009 - Robin Marcoe
2010 - Christopher Jones

Athletics[edit]

In the 2011 - 2012 year, the Jaguars went 9-1, becoming district champions. The 2008 varsity football team defeated the Chipley Tigers 35-0, to break a three-year-long losing streak. They ended the year 4-6. This was the first season that the varsity football team won a game since their inaugural season in 2004.

The 2009 football team went 4-6 with only 10 seniors on the roster. The 2009 varsity football team had more sophomores than seniors. The 2009 team broke many previous school records. They won their opening game against the Walton Braves, becoming the first team to win their opening game.

The most points scored in a single game came in West Florida High School's first ever school victory against Class 2A rivals Marianna High School in 2004. The game, played at Escambia High School, ended with a final score of 64-28. The team scored on its first nine possessions of the game. Quarterback John Boatner went 13-14 passing for 421 yards and 5 touchdowns. Receiver Kelvin King ranks third in FHSAA history with 328 receiving yards in the game, along with 3 touchdowns. Nelson Rembert and Trace Whitman had one touchdown catch each. Running backs Jolante and JohnDale Wiggins and Ruben Powers added four more touchdowns on the ground.

The team followed the victory with another a week later against Panama City Arnold High School, with a final score of 28-13. The win gave West Florida its first district championship. The 2011 West Florida team was the first time the school won district 5A.

West Florida lost its first playoff game 21-18 against heavily favored Wakulla High School on three missed extra point attempts.

Student Government Association[edit]

The SGA at WFHS is a dynamic group of student leaders. During 2007-2008, in only its 9th year in existence, WFHS served as the President school of the Florida Association of Student Councils.

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