J. M. Tate High School

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J.M. Tate High School
1771 Tate Road
Cantonment, Florida 32533-6472
United States
Type Public High School
Established 1878
Founder James Madison Tate Sr.
School district Escambia County School District
Principal Richard Shackle
Asst. Principal Laurie Bedford, Mitch Ashford
Grades 9 - 12
Color(s) Crimson and Gray          
Athletics Wrestling, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Swim/Dive, Volleyball, Track, Baseball
Mascot Aggie (Horse)
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Florida Department of Education
Yearbook The Tahisco

J.M. Tate High School is a secondary school in Cantonment, Florida, USA. The school is part of the Escambia County School District.


Tate High School was founded in 1878 by James Madison Tate Sr., a Civil War veteran, minister and former lawyer. The school was originally called Roberts High School and was one of the first high schools established in Escambia County. The original school building was one room with a sawdust floor; students sat on wooden benches. Initially, Tate taught all of the grades himself. Tate taught at Roberts High until 1913, when he retired.

In 1917, the James Madison Tate Sr. Agricultural School was completed. The school was a two-story brick building with eight classrooms. Establishment of the agricultural school advanced the agricultural programs already in place at the original Roberts High.

In 1927, O.A. Strange became principal of Tate High School. During his 24-year tenure as head of the school, 10 buildings were added to the campus and the school transformed from a small rural school to a modern high school.[1]

Student organizations and athletics[edit]

During the early days of Tate High, there was no football equipment, so the school's main sports were basketball and baseball. Tate's baseball team won the national championships in 1984 and has won seven state championships since 1960.[2] One of the school's most accomplished baseball players, Don Sutton, went on to major league fame with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A football team was established at Tate High School in 1962. The team was coached by Carl Madison, who has the second highest win count of any football coach in Florida state history at 326-129-7. He and Jon Langston led the Tate Aggies to a state championship and a number four national ranking in 1980.[citation needed] Tate's marching band, the Showband of the South, won the national title in 1980.

Tate is also known for its drumline which has competed in annual world championship competitions in Dayton, Ohio.[citation needed] The school's colorguard is known as the "Tate Chaparrals." In 1989, the colorguard competed in the WGI Scholastic World Class Competition, winning first place.[citation needed]

The Tate High School FFA chapter was founded in 1929.

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 30°34′39″N 87°18′03″W / 30.577426°N 87.300917°W / 30.577426; -87.300917