William R. Boone High School
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|William R. Boone High School|
|2000 South Mills Avenue
Orlando, Florida, 32806
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||Boone Students Today,
Brave Leaders Tomorrow
|School district||Orange County Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Margaret McMillen|
|Color(s)||Orange , white|
|Rival||Edgewater High School|
William R. Boone High School is a public high school in Orlando, Florida, United States. Built in 1952, the school is one of twenty high schools in the Orange County Public Schools system, created to accommodate the growing number of students at Orlando High School. The plan involved building two high schools, Orlando North and Orlando South, to take the place of Orlando High School and convert the old high school facilities into what is now Howard Middle School. The last principal of Orlando High School, William R. Boone, died of a heart condition before the two new schools were opened, so the school board dedicated one of the high schools in his memory, then christened Orlando North as Edgewater High School after its surrounding community.
- 1 Campus
- 2 Academics
- 3 Student life
- 4 Student body composition
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The William R. Boone High School campus is frequently referred to as "The Reservation", most likely as an allusion to the school's mascot, a Native American "Brave". This is perhaps most notable in the weekly newsletter, "From The Reservation".
Boone High School has finished an eight-year renovation process and the campus, featuring a new media center and updated buildings, was rededicated in the fall of 2005.
For the school year 2007-2008, Boone received an "A" under the school rating system. For the 2008-2009 school year, BHS again received an A, making it the only "A" school in Orlando, and one of only two in Orange County. Boone offers several college-preparatory and technical education programs. College bound students can participate in the Distinguished Scholars program and the Gifted program. Students seeking technical preparation can participate in programs such as drafting, early childhood education, and Tech Prep. Students can dual enroll with local community colleges and technical schools for courses specific to careers.
The school offers three magnet programs (see magnet schools), which attract students from all over Orange County. These programs (the Law Magnet, the Academy of Finance, and the Criminal Justice Academy) offer four years' worth of elective courses with an aim of preparing students for similar majors in college. All of these tracks have won awards from the county and state.
|||Social Sciences and the Arts||Hard Sciences|
|Courses Offered||Spanish, French,
English Language English Literature,
U.S. History, European History, World History,
Art History, Studio Art, Music Theory
|Calculus AB, Calculus BC,
Physics B, Physics C,
The Mock Trial Team won the State Championship in 2006.
The theatre department puts on several productions each year. In their most recent season, their productions consisted of "A Little Princess: Sara's Heart" (a world premiere), "Boys, Bois, Boyz", (another world premier) and "Chicago: The Musical". Thespian Troupe 1139 competes in local and state theater competitions. They won a total of seven "Best in Shows" as well as the "Critics Choice" acting award in this latest season at the Districts Level. In early 2009, the drama department formed an improvisation troupe, Deep Thoughts, which plays several shows a year to this day.
The Legend yearbook has received the Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its 2006  and 2007 books. In 2010 Hi-lights (the school newspaper) received a Silver Crown. Both publications have been Pacemaker Finalists from National Scholastic Press Association.
Listing of academic clubs
|Art Club||B.B.C Club||Writing Center|
|Drama Club||Florida Future Educators of America||Math Center|
|French Club||Hi-Lights (School newspaper)||Mu Alpha Theta|
|Math Club||Health Occupations Students of America(H.O.S.A)||Spanish Honor Society|
|Spanish Club||Legend Yearbook||Tri-M Music Honor Society|
|Web-Tech Club||Police Cadets||Social Justice Club|
|Chorus||Thespian Troupe 1139||The Independents Club
President: Brendan Francis Vice-President: Wesley Harper
Boone Broadcasting Company
Boone's morning news show, BBC, delivers the news Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesday during third period. It consists of two anchors, one male, one female, and a sports anchor. BBC was named the best daily news show in the 2008 fall nationals by Student Television Network.
The music department includes the following areas of study:
- Wind Symphony
- Symphonic Band
- Concert Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Color Guard
- Marching Band- an ensemble that is the combined forces of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Color Guard
- Men's Choir
- Ladies' Choir
- Belles Voix
- Concert Choir
- Vocal Techniques
- Beginning Orchestra
- Advanced Orchestra
- Keyboard I
- Keyboard II, III, IV
- Music Theory
- AP Music Theory
Boone is a member of the Orlando Metro Conference, and participates among the largest classes of the FHSAA state athletic competitions. Boone has held a rivalry with Edgewater High School since both schools opened in 1952. The schools compete in football each year in a game dubbed "The Battle for the Barrel" for a "Spirit Barrel." In 2013, the Braves kept the barrel. This marks the first time Boone has kept it two consecutive years since 1962.
Athletic teams by season
|Football||Boys' basketball||Flag football||Crew (Rowing)|
|Cheerleading||Girls' basketball||Spring Football||Roller hockey|
|Girls' volleyball||Girls' Soccer||Baseball||Boone Dance crew|
|Swimming||Wrestling||Track and field||Boone's unique sports|
Other organizations, sponsored by faculty members, exist on the reservation. Some of these bodies, like the Senior Class, Junior Class, Sophomore Class, Freshman Class, and their umbrella organization, the Student Government Association (SGA), seek to teach (by a combination of play and enculturation). Other campus groups give students a platform from which to engage in social or political activism. These clubs are Environmental Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Social Justice Club, Key Club, Operation Smile, HAVEN, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), F.C.A. (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), The Young Democrats, and the Young Republicans. 
The school's Naval JROTC unit was formed in 1980, and won a top ranking in the nation in 1994. The unit has been to the NJROTC state finals and participates in community service, drill competitions, athletic competitions, and Color Guards. The unit also has an orienteering team and a marksmanship team. The unit was awarded most improved unit in the nation during the 2011-2012 school year. 
Student body composition
Boone High School has 3,000 students and 230 faculty and staff members. Almost one quarter of the students receive free or reduced lunch, and the population served by Exceptional Student Services is growing. As of 2005, Boone is a magnet for the hearing impaired population of Orange County and provides many outreach programs to the community including the American Sign Language club.
- Malcolm Bricklin, automotive entrepreneur 
- Tom Dixon, former Major League Baseball pitcher 
- Ericka Dunlap, 2004 Miss America and "The Amazing Race" contestant 
- Vanessa Hayden-Johnson, WNBA center 
- Ron Karkovice, former Major League Baseball catcher 
- Stacey Mack, former American Football running back 
- Mike Maroth, former Major League Baseball pitcher 
- Mandy Musgrave T.V and film actress (South of Nowhere, 16 to Life, Days of Our Lives)
- Joe Oliver, former Major League Baseball catcher 
- Alison Starling, News Anchor at WJLA in Washington, DC 
- Antonio Tarver, professional boxer 
- Charles T. Wells, former FL Supreme Court Chief Justice 
- Paul Wilson, former Major League Baseball pitcher 
- Shayla Worley, member of the gold medal-winning American team at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- Cody Allen, MLB Pitcher for Cleveland Indians
- Johnny Bulford, Award-winning songwriter
- Sam Gardner, Writer for Foxsports.com 
- James Beckford, Silver medal winner in the Atlanta, Olympic Games, 1996
- OCPS school Info webpage
- April 30, 2010 Edition of "From The Reservation"
- BHS Law Magnet webpage
- BHS Academy of Finance webpage
- BHS Criminal Justice Academy webpage
- BHS Creative Arts Academy webpage
- BHS Healthcare Academy webpage
- BHS Information Technology webpage
- BHS webpage on AP coursework
- BHS 2010-2011 Curriculum Guide
- 2006 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards
- 2007 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards
- 2010 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards
- 2008 NSPA Contest Winners
- 2008 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Winners
- Student Television Network (STN) Contest Archives
- BHS Clubs and Organizations webpage
- Smith, Steven C. "Orlando Man's Quest to Boost the Economy Begins with Finding Products Made in America." Orlando Sentinel 28 Dec. 2007. Print.
- Baseball-Reference.com's Tom Dixon Bio
- Miss America 2004 Bio
- WNBA's Player Profile (Vanessa Hayden)
- Baseball-Reference.com's Ron Karkovice Bio
- DatabaseFootball.com's Stacey Mack Bio
- Baseball-Reference.com's Mike Maroth Bio
- Baseball-Reference.com's Joe Oliver Bio
- Rich, Cindy. "Local Television News Stars." Washingtonian 01 June 2005. Web.
- "Boone Graduate Is Finalist For National Cover Girl Title." Orlando Sentinel 28 Jan. 1991. Print.
- Hoffer, Richard. "Late But Great." Sports Illustrated 29 Apr. 1996. Web.
- Florida Supreme Court webpage on Charles T. Wells
- Baseball-Reference.com's Paul Wilson Bio
- http://BooneCrew.ocps.net (Boone Crew)
- http://hilights.org (School newspaper)
- http://soundofthebraves.ocps.net (Band)
- http://booneathletics.org (Athletic Association, formerly the Boone Sports Legacy Board and the Boone Boosters)
- http://boonechorus.com (Chorus)
- http://thehighschoollife.com (Boone's web design)
- http://thehighschoollife.com/bbc (BBC)