Countryside High School

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Coordinates: 28°01′24″N 82°42′41″W / 28.023285°N 82.711387°W / 28.023285; -82.711387

Countryside High School
3000 State Road 580
Clearwater, Florida 33761

United States
Type Public high school
Established 1980
School district Pinellas County Schools
Principal Gerald Schlereth
Enrollment 2,000 (2016-17)[1]
Mascot Cougar
Newspaper Paw Print Newspaper
Yearbook The Pride
Colors Garnet and Gold          

Countryside High School, also known as CHS, is a public high school located in Clearwater, Florida.[2] Established in 1980, it is a part of the Pinellas County Schools system, and is one of the larger schools in Pinellas County. It draws students from Dunedin, downtown Clearwater, Largo, suburban east Clearwater, Safety Harbor, and Oldsmar.

Countryside high school is currently the largest High School and public school in the Pinellas County School System.


The school's first graduating class in 1980 finished before the school was completed and held classes and graduation at Dunedin High School.

Countryside High School's Battle of the Books Team took First Place in the Battle of the Books for three years running, beginning in 2010.

Student life[edit]


CHS offers a variety of clubs for student development involvement.[3]

Drama and theater[edit]

Countryside has a notable Drama program winning many statewide awards. It has consistently been one of the highest performing schools in Florida.[4]

In 2007–2008, the musical Honk, an adaptation of the Ugly Duckling, was selected to be performed as a Mainstage show at the Florida State Thespian Festival on May 1, 2008. It was one of six chosen from a group of 35 shows in Florida. Other shows done by CHS include Li'l Abner. The Foreigner, West Side Story, and Steel Magnolias.

In 2011–2012, their production of Return to the Forbidden Planet was also selected to be performed as a Mainstage show.

In 2015–2016, their one act A... My Name Is Alice received a superior rating and was selected to represent their district and perform at the Florida State Thespian Festival[5]


Countryside won the 1985 4A FHSAA State Meet.[6] Countryside won the 2006 State Championship for class 6A boys soccer.[7]

The school offers many sports for boys and girls, including Football, basketball, track, and many others.[3]

Marching band[edit]

  • 2006 Placed 4th in the Class 3A Florida Marching Band Coalition's State Championships at Tropicana Field, St. Peterburg, Florida.
  • 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic field show Grand Champions and 1st runner-up in the parade competition for the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas. Performed with the mass band performance at Pre-Game and Halftime.
  • 2009 Invited to play at the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida where they performed at the NFL Experience Fan Fest for the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy.
  • 2009 Field show Grand Champions at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Performed with the mass band for Pre-Game and Halftime.
  • 2010 Placed 4th and received the Best Visual Performance in the Class 1A Florida Marching Band Coalition's State Championships at Tropicana Field, St. Peterburg, Florida.


The school offers numerous advanced academic programs and recognition, including foreign languages and technology honor societies along with ISTEM (institute of science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and CCT (Center for Computer Technologies).[2] The Winterguard is the Scholastic Class A Florida Federation of Colorguard Circuit (FFCC) state champions and the scholastic class A Winter Guard International bronze medalists in 2006.

The school won the first high school "Battle of the Books" competition in 2006, repeating the feat again in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.

The school newspaper, Paw Print, has received an All Florida Rating from the Florida Scholastic Press Association; a Superior from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and an International Second Place Award from Quill and Scroll.[citation needed]

The UPC Morning Show (Upper Pinellas County) televised newscast began in 1987, and has since grown to an award-winning, student-produced daily 8-minute news show. Both the Paw Print newspaper and the UPC Morning Show can be seen online.

Notable alumni[edit]

Countryside High School sculpture, from Class of 1992


  1. ^ FHSAA Student Population Report
  2. ^ a b Countryside High School Archived 2006-07-21 at the Wayback Machine., (pdf)
  3. ^ a b "Cougar Spirit Guide to School Clubs and Sports" (PDF). Countryside High School. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Countryside Drama Club, Countryside High School
  5. ^
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  7. ^ "Records". FHSAA. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Attinella". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

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