Dr. Phillips High School

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Dr. Phillips High School
"Never less than the best!"
6500 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando, Florida, 32819
United States
Coordinates 28°28′12″N 81°28′31″W / 28.469988°N 81.475151°W / 28.469988; -81.475151Coordinates: 28°28′12″N 81°28′31″W / 28.469988°N 81.475151°W / 28.469988; -81.475151
Type Public
Established 1987
School district Orange County Public Schools
Principal Suzanne Knight
Enrollment 3,707 (approx.)
Color(s)      Navy Blue
     Carolina Blue
Team name Panthers

Dr. Phillips High School is a high school in Orlando, Florida, United States.


Dr. Phillips High School opened in fall of 1987 and was built for approximately 2,500 students in the Doctor Phillips, Florida area of Southwest Orange County, Florida.

The campus is situated on 55 acres (220,000 m2) in the Orlando city limits and unincorporated Orange County.

The school's first principal, Bill Spoone, went on to be elected to the Orange County School Board. The football stadium is named after him. The school's gymnasium is named after its second principal, Dr. Larry Payne, and is nicknamed "The House of Payne."[citation needed]

The school opened with enrollment above capacity and began using portable classrooms on the North Campus, formerly known as the 9th Grade Center. Due to overflow from main campus, many non-freshman classes were moved into additional portable classrooms at the 9th Grade Center. Because the students attending classes at the 9th Grade Center were of mixed grade level, the name was changed to North Campus, with the main campus renamed the South Campus. Portable classrooms are still used on the North Campus and are primarily for freshman-level classes.[citation needed]

As of the 2014–15 school year the school had 3,641 students, of whom 35% were Caucasian, 32% African American, 24% Hispanic, 7% Asian, and 2% multiracial.[1]

The school is undergoing renovations that are to conclude in 2015. A new building has been added, along with new VPA classrooms on the South Campus.

Magnet programs and career academies[edit]

Dr. Phillips is home to the OCPS Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and Center for International Studies (CIS) magnet programs.[citation needed]

Dr. Phillips has been recognized as having excellent music studies—especially due to the VPA (Visual and Performing Arts) magnet.[how?] The Orchestra, Band, and Chorus Programs regularly receive superior ratings at district and state festivals. In addition to performance classes other music classes offered are keyboard, music history, music theory, and electronic music. The Theatre Department has been internationally recognized for providing excellence in the performing arts, as seen at District competitions, state competitions, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.In addition to music and theatre, VPA also carries programs for Dance, TV Production, and Visual Art.[citation needed]

The CIS program places an emphasis on awareness of global issues, an understanding of other cultures, and the attainment of multilingual abilities necessary for international business and diplomacy. The Center for International Studies (CIS) is designed to develop cross-cultural awareness and a global perspective for participating students. CIS students are exposed to major concepts of economics, politics, humanities, business, and law, as these fields operate in an international arena. The CIS Magnet program has taken students to travel abroad to countries such as China, Japan, India, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Greece, and Italy. Students sometimes participate in homestays. CIS offers opportunities for their students to host other students from countries such as France, Japan, Austria and Denmark. As part of their commitment to international studies, students also become proficient in their chosen foreign language while developing skills in a second, uncommon[clarification needed] language.[citation needed]

Dr. Phillips High School is also host to two career academies focusing on medical and business careers. The Business Academy is a program to assist students in preparing for a career or higher education in the business world. Business Academy is a college preparatory curriculum with a career theme, enabling students to see relationships among academic subjects and their application to a broad field of work. Business Academy students focus on business fields such as Web design, digital design, legal aspects, accounting, and many other soft skills that give Business Academy students a competitive advantage in their journey to becoming successful business people. The Business Academy offers guest speakers series, field trips, and many community service projects that give our students a well-rounded experience. The Medical Academy is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in the medical/health field. Students within the academy have specific “tracking” courses that are required to take each year to prepare them for college and/or post high school employment. For example, Latin, Sports Medicine, Health Careers, Anatomy, and Psychology. The academy assists the local community through volunteering and community service.


The press box at Bill Spoone Stadium is dedicated to Mike Murray, "The Voice of the Panthers" since the school opened its doors in 1987. A full-time employee of a large aerospace contractor and not formally employed by the school, Murray was elected to their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

The school's baseball facility is John Barbati Field. In 1992, the baseball facilities were completely renovated with a state of the art press box, team office and facilities. The new facilities were designed and constructed by William P. Riegert, CEO of Cox Associates, Architects, and donated to the OC School Board in a dedication ceremony on February 22, 1992. Accepting for the OC School Board were Assistant Superintendent Dave Wofford, Assistant Superintendent Dave Sojourner, Superintendent Don Shaw, Bill Spoone, and Bill Thompson. Today the Press Box is dedicated to Scott Muhlhann, a baseball player and 1992 school valedictorian who died of cancer in 1998.

The mascot for Dr. Phillips is the Panther; specifically, the Florida panther. They have many sports including lacrosse, football, baseball, golf, basketball and swimming. The Panthers have won FHSAA state championships in the following sports:

  • Baseball (1996)[2]
  • Women's Basketball (1992, 2011, 2012, 2013)[3]
  • Men's Golf (1990, 1991, 1997, 1999)[4]
  • Women's Golf (1993, 1994)[5]
  • Men's Swimming & Diving (1995)[6]
  • Women's Swimming & Diving (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)[7]
  • Competitive Cheerleading (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)[8]
  • Women's Flag Football (2011)[9]

Athletic program accomplishments:

  • FHSAA State All-Sports Award - 2012-13
  • FHSAA State All-Sports Award - 2010-11[10]
  • FHSAA State All-Sports Award - 1998-99[citation needed]
  • FHSAA State All-Sports Award - 1995-96[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]



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  2. ^ staff. "Baseball 2013-2014 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  3. ^ staff. "Girls Basketball 2013-2014 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ staff. "Boys Golf 2014-15 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  5. ^ staff. "Girls Golf 2014-15 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ staff. "Boys Swimming and Diving 2013-2014 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  7. ^ staff. "Girls Swimming and Diving 2013-2014 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  8. ^ staff. "Competitive Cheerleading 2013-2014 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  9. ^ staff. "Flag Football 2013-2014 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  10. ^ FHSAA.org | Dr. Phillips, St. Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Gibbons, Bolles, Rickards, Providence, P.K. Yonge, Oak Hall, FAMU lead FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup all-sports award ...
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  12. ^ "Ike Charlton". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Johnny Damon Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
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  15. ^ "Douglas Gabriel". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Dee Hart". Alabama Crimson Tide. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dan Miceli Pitching Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ "A.J. Pierzynski Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "GOLF; PGA Tour Has Courses For High School Junior". NY Times. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Chris Warren". The Official Site of the Ole Miss Rebels. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Damien Lamont Wilkins". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  22. ^ "55 Ray Willis". nccueaglepride.com. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 

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