Forest High School (Florida)

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Forest High
5000 Southeast Maricamp Road
Ocala, FL, Marion 34480
United States
School type Public secondary
Established 15 August 1969 (1969-08-15)
Status Open
School district Marion County Public Schools
Superintendent George Tomyn
CEEB code 101258
Dean David Forbes, Jessica McCleery, Steven Powell[1]
Principal Brent Carson[1]
Assistant Principal, Curriculum Brian Greene[1]
Assistant Principal, Instruction Allan Hisey[1]
Assistant Principal, Discipline Jennifer Leach-Cotton[1]
Teaching staff 110
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2058 (2014)
Color(s) Green, Gold & White
Mascot Wildcat
Nickname Wildcats
Rival Vanguard H.S.
Accreditation Florida State Department of Education

Forest High School is a school in Ocala, Florida, US. It has an EMIT (engineering) program. The school's colors are green and gold and the school mascot is the Wildcat. It is a rival to Vanguard in sports. As of 2014, it had an enrollment of some 2,058.

Forest High School moved to its current location on Maricamp Road, southeast of the city limits of Ocala, in 2005. The school was originally on Fort King Street in Ocala, at the 1959 campus of Ocala High School. Ocala High was renamed Forest High in 1969 with the opening of Vanguard High School. According to tradition, the Marion County School Board wanted the city's second high school to start on equal footing with the first by putting to rest the name Ocala High School.

Forest High School belongs to the Marion County School District.


  • Forest High School won the Class 3A State Championship in Football in 1974 and 1975.

Band program[edit]

The FHS band program has a rich and long tradition of excellence as Florida's oldest high school Band.[citation needed] Founded in 1922 by Mrs. Browne' Greaton Cole, she has the distinction of being both the first school band director in the state and the first female director, earning her the title "Mother of School Bands". In 1928, the Ocala High School Band participated in the first State Band Competition held in Lakeland, Florida, taking first place at the competition. The next year it was held in Ocala with 10 bands attending (doubling the number of bands from the previous year) taking second place at this competition. In 1933, the Band was invite to perform at the Gasparilla Parade (now a part of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival), the first time a band had ever been invited to participate. The Band returned home with the First Prize Trophy.In 1936, The Florida Bandmasters Association was formed with Cole as a charter member. The band participated with Cole at all FBA state events (except for two years during the war) through her retirement in 1944. Since then, the Forest High/Ocala High School Band has maintained a high standard of excellence[citation needed] laid out by our[who?] "First Director". The band recently[when?] celebrated its 90th season.[2]

The Forest High School Band is under the direction of David Jones. The program offers Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, and the Emerald WAVE (Wilcat Artistic and Visual Ensemble), and Percussion Ensemble. The Marching Wildcats have received many Superior Ratings over the years at FBA and recently[when?] received Superior and Distinguished Rating at FMBC regional and state events. The Concert and Jazz Bands also have consistently received Superior and Excellent Ratings since their inception. The emerald WAVE Colorguard has consistently received Superior ratings and began competing in FFCC in 2016.[3]

Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT)[edit]

EMIT is a four-year magnet engineering program at Forest High School. EMIT aims to teach its students engineering fundamentals to prepare them for postsecondary colleges or universities in engineering. The curriculum is heavily project-based that often includes problem-solving tasks which must be built and later presented to the teachers. These projects typically cover the basics of many engineering disciplines, including civil engineering, aerospace engineering, and more.

EMIT was created from a $1.2 million Florida Department of Education grant in 1994. An application is required to be considered for admission.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Forest High School Staff". Forest High School website. Forest High School. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Women of the Podium-Browné Greaton Cole". Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "FHS BAND". Retrieved June 14, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°08′39″N 82°03′59″W / 29.1441446°N 82.0664781°W / 29.1441446; -82.0664781