P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School

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P. K. Yonge Developmental
Research School
Gainesville PK Yonge01a.jpg
Established 1934
Director Dr. Lynda Hayes
Students 1,150
Location Gainesville, Florida, USA


Website Official website

P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School (PKY) is a public school affiliated with the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, United States. It educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.


Established in 1934 in Norman Hall on the UF campus, P.K. Yonge is a one-school school district and a department of the College of Education of the University of Florida. The school was previously named 'P.K. Yonge Laboratory School.' As its name implies, P.K. Yonge DRS is a laboratory school. The school's mission is to design, test, and disseminate innovations in K-12 education by serving a diverse student community. The School Director is Lynda Hayes and Carrie Geiger is the Principal.

The school is named in honor of Philip Keyes Yonge (1850–1934), who served 29 years on the Florida Board of Control, the former governing body for all Florida public universities, including 22 years as its chairman.

At the beginning of the 2012–13 school year, P.K. Yonge opened a state-of-the-art elementary school building.


P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School teams compete under the name "Blue Wave". Coach Kelly Barrett was appointed as Athletic Director for the 2017-18 school year. The boys' basketball program won the state championship in 1991. The girls have won state championships four times, in 1981, 1983, 2010 and 2012. The school has also won state titles in boys' cross country (1980), boys' track and field (1965, 2005, 2006, 2007), girls' track and field (2005) and girls' volleyball (2000, 2002, 2014, 2015).[1]

Performing arts[edit]

P.K. Yonge's Performing Arts Program includes a musical theatre department and competitive ensembles: Concert Chorus, Women's Ensemble, and Vocal Ensemble. They present a fall straight play and a spring musical. Several students each year choose to audition for the Florida All State Choirs.

The Blue Wave Marching Band and Color Guard[edit]

The marching band in P.K. Yonge has competed in FMBC since its foundation in 1998. The band is now class 2A in the season of 2017. The Blue Wave Color Guard, founded in 2012, marches alongside the band. They are in class 3A.


P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Academics logo
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida
Athletics and extracurricular logo

P.K. Yonge developed a new official brand during the 2014-15 school year. The athletics logo reflects the school's Blue Wave.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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