Pine Forest High School
|Pine Forest High School|
|2500 Longleaf Drive
Pensacola, Florida 32526
|School district||Escambia County School District|
|Color(s)||Red, White, Blue|
|Website||Pine Forest High School|
Pine Forest High is located on Longleaf Drive in a cluster of education buildings. Its neighbors are Longleaf Elementary School, West Florida High School of Advanced Technology George Stone Career Center.
The school was originally designed as a social experiment that included modular classroom walls (without doors on classrooms) in most areas to help promote open communication between teachers and students, as well as to foster the development of better manners and social skills. However, little proof has been offered as to the validity of this idea, and the modular walls were seldom put to use. The school has been renovating and replacing the modular walls with permanent walls.
Additionally, between 2000 and 2004, Pine Forest High School also placed an emphasis on its Journalism program, offering classes for Yearbook, Magazine and Newspaper. Their yearbooks were made in association with Herff-Jones and Jim Owens Photography, which also provided all staging for senior portraits.
Pine Forest won the USA Today High School Football National Championship in 1988 (and the Class 5A state championship) after compiling a 14-0 record, the only time to date a Florida team has won the award (St.Thomas Aquinas, Miami Northwestern, and Lakeland High Schools have also gone on to win National Championships in recent years). The Eagles also won the 5A state championship in 1987 and the 4A state championship in 2000. Pine Forest also played the state championship game in 1978, 1979 and 2006, but did not claim a victory. In 2006 the football team went 14-1 after losing 39-27 to Belle Glades Central. The Eagles went into halftime winning the game 27-24. In the second half the Pine Forest Eagles got beat on both sides of the ball and got shut out 12-0 in the 4th quarter. Three former Eagles now play in the NFL: Mike Johnson of the Atlanta Falcons, George Selvie of the Dallas Cowboys, and Alfred Morris formerly a Redskin and a Cowboy currently. With both Dallas and Washington belonging to the NFC East Division, Morris and Selvie, who played on the same Pine Forest squad, go head to head twice a year, Morris being on offense and Selvie on defense. The mascot is an eagle, and the colors are red, white, and blue. The fight song is Hoorah for Eagles a rendition of Hooray for Auburn!! The original fight song was a version of Ghost Riders. The school also offers other sports and a nationally ranked NJROTC program.
- Dan Fike, former NFL offensive lineman
- Seante Williams, former NFL defensive end
- Horace Gant, former NFL wide receiver
- Mike Johnson, offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons
- George Selvie, defensive end for the New York Giants
- Alfred Morris, running back for the Washington Redskins
- Loucheiz Purifoy, cornerback for the University of Florida
- Daniel Alvarez, former professional soccer midfielder