John Paul II Catholic High School (Florida)

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John Paul II Catholic High School
5100 Terrebonne Drive
Tallahassee, Florida, (Leon County) 32311
United States
Coordinates 30°23′0″N 84°13′13″W / 30.38333°N 84.22028°W / 30.38333; -84.22028Coordinates: 30°23′0″N 84°13′13″W / 30.38333°N 84.22028°W / 30.38333; -84.22028
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Pope John Paul II
Established 2001
Status Open
School district Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Superintendent Kevin Vickery
Principal Maureen Martin
Chaplain Tim Holeda
Grades 912
Enrollment 174 (2013)
 • Grade 9 32
 • Grade 10 43
 • Grade 11 34
 • Grade 12 17
Average class size 20
Campus size 37 acres
Color(s) Blue and Gold        
Athletics conference FHSAA 3-A
Team name Panthers
Rival Aucilla Christian Academy & Alfred B. Maclay
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Athletic Director Ken Silvestri

John Paul II Catholic High School, also referred to as "JP2", opened in the fall of 2001 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida. It is the first Catholic high school to be founded in Tallahassee. The first graduating class was in 2004, with the first charter class graduating the next year, in 2005. The John Paul II School campus initially had a gymnasium, chapel, main building, soccer field, and baseball field. A softball field was added in 2013 and opened for the 2014 season. The school has plans for future augmentation.


The school teaches several Advanced Placement Courses including:[2]

  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Art
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Language & Composition
  • AP Literature
  • AP Physics
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish

There are also two on-site Dual Enrollment Courses with Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.

The arts[edit]

JP2 has an active drama department, a chorus that competes statewide in choral competitions, a musical instrument program, and a creative arts department that has competed in art competitions and exhibited at various Tallahassee museums and shows. John Paul II School puts on an annual arts and music festival known as SouthWoodStock featuring student and outside artists and musicians.[3]



John Paul II High School's mascot is Pep the Panther, and their colors are Blue and Gold. JPII has seven boys' athletic teams and seven girls' teams.

PEP, the people eating panther

Boys' Sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Polo
  • Lacrosse
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Snowboarding
  • 8-Ball Pool

Girls' Sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Track

John Paul II School hosts the District volleyball, basketball and baseball events.

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