P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School
|Director||Lynda Fender Hayes, Ph.D|
P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School is a K-12 public school affiliated with the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, United States. The student population, selected by lottery, is required to reflect the demographics of the school-age population of the State of Florida.
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 Fender Hayes, Ph.D. and the principal is Carrie Geiger, Ed.D. Faculty, in addition to teaching duties, are required to engage in formal research projects each year, which are presented at an annual Inquiry Symposium attended by all P.K. Yonge faculty and colleagues from the University of Florida's College of Education.
P.K. Yonge 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 board chairman.
At the beginning of the 2012–13 school year, P.K. Yonge opened a state-of-the-art elementary school building and continues to work to total campus revitalization.
P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School teams compete under the name "Blue Wave". Kelly Barrett was appointed as Athletic Director in 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).
P.K. Yonge's Performing Arts program includes a theatre department that hosts award-winning Thespian Troupe #4102 which competes yearly at Florida District 12 and Florida State Thespian conferences. They have been known for presenting fall plays, spring musicals, and various public and student created Performing Arts events. Students often audition for Florida All State Choirs.
The Blue Wave Marching Band and Color Guard
The marching band at P.K. Yonge has competed in FMBC since its foundation in 1998, and is currently directed by Robert Marski since the 2018–19 school year. At FMBC State of 2018, the marching band received sixth place, with percussion winning their caption. The Color Guard marches as a part of the Blue Wave Marching Band and also competes in the winter season as the P.K. Yonge Winterguard.
P.K. Yonge developed a new official brand during the 2014–15 school year. There are two logos, an administrative/academic logo and an athletics logo which depicts the school's Blue Wave.
- Robert Baker – Auburn Tigers wide receiver
- Doug Dickey – College Football Hall of Fame coach
- Chris Doering – Florida Gators wide receiver
- Terry Jackson – Florida Gators running back
- Willie Jackson – Florida Gators wide receiver
- T. L. Latson (class of 1992) – professional basketball player
- Randall Leath Florida Gators Basketball Player
- Stan Lynch (class of 1973) - professional drummer, best known for work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Travis McGriff – Florida Gators wide receiver
- Sally Menke (class of 1972) – Oscar-nominated film editor
- Rodney Mullen (class of 1984) – professional skateboarder
- Bernie Parrish – NFL Championship cornerback (1964)
- Derrick Robinson (class of 2006) - Cincinnati Reds outfielder
- Fred Rothwell – NFL player
- Peter Small – groundbreaking researcher on tuberculosis and AIDS
- Ralph Turlington - Speaker of the Florida House (1966-1968) and Florida Commissioner of Education (1974-1986)
- Jordan Williams – NFL player
- Jack May (class of 1954) - Winner of 1975 Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash
- "FHSAA Championship Record Books". Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 1 April 2014.