Gibbs High School (St. Petersburg, Florida)
|Gibbs High School|
|850 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711-2208
|Type||Coed Public High School|
|School district||Pinellas County Schools|
|Enrollment||989 (July 28, 2013)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation||Florida State Department of Education|
|PCCA Colors||Black and White|
|BETA Colors||Black and Red|
|Website||Gibbs HS website|
Gibbs High School is a public high school of the Pinellas County School District in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gibbs is home to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA), Business, Economics, and Technology Academy (BETA) and their television production in Communication Arts. The school is named for Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, a black man who held Florida state office during the Reconstruction era, serving as Secretary of State in 1868, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1873. Gibbs' current principal is Reuben Hepburn.
Before Gibbs opened in 1927, Pinellas County had no school for blacks past 6th grade. Families wishing for high school education had to enroll in private, mostly church-run black schools. Gibbs became the county's first public secondary school for blacks, occupying an eight-classroom building that cost $49,490 to build. Proms were held at Manhattan Casino.
In 1970, public schools in Florida were finally truly integrated, and whites began attending Gibbs. Gibbs, however, was still primarily black. To assist their integration goals, the district approved the creation of a magnet program at Gibbs, the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, that would instruct those with artistic gifts. In 2004, Gibbs High School was included in the federal grant received by Pinellas County Schools for the establishment of small learning communities (SLCs). Today, the high school is host to smaller learning communities that have curriculum pathways in Communication Arts, Travel & Tourism, Global Studies and a freshmen Renaissance program. The Pinellas County Center for the Arts program offers high-class and one-on-one training with students in varied art fields. The fields include literary theatre, performance theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, visual arts, dance, instrumental music, and vocal music.
It now also has a brand new campus and state of the art facilities that opened to the students in the 2005-2006 school year. In 2006, however, the school was reported to be plagued with rampant violence and defiance fueled by the racial divide in the student population.
Gibbs became the first high school in Pinellas county to receive an "F" letter grade As Of the 2009-2010 school year because of poor FCAT results. Less than one-third of 9th and 10th graders are reading at grade level. As of the 2010-2011 school year Gibbs is officially a "C" school with just a few points shy of a "B." And in the 2011-2012 school year, the school is a "B" school. In the 2012-2013 school year, the school was downgraded back to "C".
- Trayvon Bromell – Track and field athlete
- Dave Anderson - Former professional baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants) and current Texas Rangers first base coach
- Boof Bonser - Current professional baseball player (Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics)
- Ed Charles - Former professional baseball player (Kansas City Athletics, New York Mets)
- Glen Edwards - Professional football
- Shaun King - Professional football
- Jeff Lacy - Professional boxer
- Nate Oliver - Former professional baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs)
- Scott Sanders - TV, film and stage producer
- Ronald "Winky" Wright - Professional boxer
- Sierra Kusterbeck - Female vocalist for the alternative band VersaEmerge
- Daniel Ulbricht - Dancer with New York City Ballet
- Marreese Speights - Professional basketball
- Justin Hires - Comedian, Actor, Writer
- "2012 PCS Scorecard School Results" (.pdf). 1531-Gibbs High School. Pinellas County Schools. Retrieved 27 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
- Tobin, Thomas. Turmoil in class, and cry for help, St. Petersburg Times, December 22, 2006.
- "Gibbs High School graduates savor Obama visit". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
- "Zip ties and pepper spray: Welcome to the new, stricter Gibbs High". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-06-08.