Lakewood High School (Florida)

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Lakewood High School
1400 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida, 33705
United States
Coordinates 27°43′09″N 82°39′10″W / 27.71927°N 82.6528°W / 27.71927; -82.6528
School type Public, Secondary
Established 1966
School district Pinellas County Schools
Principal Robert Vicari
Grades 9th12th
Gender Coeducational
Color(s) Black and Gold
Mascot Spartan
Accreditation Florida State Department of Education
Newspaper Spartan News Network (SNN)
and CAT 5
Yearbook AlphaOmega

Lakewood High School is a public high school in St. Petersburg, Florida operated by Pinellas County Schools. It opened in 1966 with students previously attending St. Petersburg High School and Boca Ciega High School. As of 2006, due to its 54% minority population, Lakewood High was known as one of the most diverse schools in Pinellas County. It was also one of the most highly-funded, due to the Center for Advanced Technologies, a magnet program attached to Lakewood.

CATCOM (Center for Advanced Technologies Communications and Original Media), a video production class and club within the CAT program, was created by Mark Granning and Dr. Martin Shapiro in the mid-1990s. CATCOM Studios, now known as Mark W. Granning Studios following his retirement, produces a daily in-house 15-minute news program called Fast Forward and once produced award winning segments, known as "FOX ThirTEEN Magazine," for the local Fox affiliate. CATCOM has won numerous Student Emmys for its work. Acceptance into the program is competitive, as only about 75 students may participate each year.

The school mascot is the Spartan. The school colors are black and gold.

Also well known for the AMSET, Academy for Marine Science, program directed by James Kostka. Lakewood also recently added the CJAM, Center for Journalism and Multimedia, program to its curriculum.


Lakewood HS is 65% Black, 25% White, 6% Hispanic, and 4% other[1]

Academic achievements[edit]

  • 16 Commended in National Merit Scholarship Program (2001; 5/2002)
  • 4 Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program (2001; 2/2002)
  • 2 Semi-finalists National Achievement Program (2002)
  • 1 Semi-finalist National Hispanic Scholars Program (2002)
  • 104 Bright Future Recipients (2002)
  • CATCOM 1st Place Universal Studies H. S. Video Competition (1997, 1998, 2001)
  • CATCOM #1 rated TV show in nation (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Regional & National Finalist U.S. Robotics Competition (2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Envirothon Winners (1997, 1998)
  • 12 students selected to represent district at the Florida State Science Fair (2002)
  • 1 students at International Science Fair (2002)
  • 2 students at International Science Fair (2005)
  • 3 students sent to International Science Fair (2009)
  • The Lakewood Debate Team was formed in the 2003-2004 school year.
  • Sent 12 students to nationals from the Debate Team in 2006
  • Sent 12 students to win First Place at the State Spanish Contest in April 2006.
  • Sending 10 people to FBLA Nationals in Anaheim, June 2009

Test scores[edit]

  • 197 students took 442 Advanced Placement Examinations. 214 scored 3 or above.
  • FCAT Writing Score 3.8 (0-6); District 4.1, State 3.8
  • FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test)
    • Reading 317; District 315, State 304
    • Mathematics 336; District 330, State 323
  • SAT composite mid range
    • Verbal 480 Mathematics 489
    • CAT mid 50%: 1180-1360(2001) 1100-1270 (2002)
2005 Announcement at Lakewood High School

Notable alumni[edit]


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