Provine High School
|John W. Provine High School|
|2400 Robinson Road
Jackson, Mississippi 39209
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Jackson Public School District|
John W. Provine High School is a public school in Jackson, Mississippi. It is part of the Jackson Public School District. Nicknamed "Ram City", the school serves students in grades 9–12 in the West Jackson area. Students from the Northwest Hills Terrace, the Queens, Country Club Hills, and Westchester Hills subdivisions attend the school. The current principal is Laketia Marshall-Thomas. The school offers several extracurricular programs and activities for students, which has placed it on a par with the best schools in the state. These programs include S.E.C.M.E, a robotics team, choir, band, drill team, cheerleading, an academic challenge bowl team, mock trial, JROTC, FCA, FCCLA, FBLA, as well as variety of sports teams.
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There were a total of 1,179 students enrolled in Provine High during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 49% female and 51% male. The racial makeup of the school was 100.00% African American.
The school was established in 1956. In 1992, it was designated a service-learning school. Since that time, various organizations in the school have participated in service-learning projects. Some of the projects include collecting and disseminating canned goods to the needy, collecting toiletries and pillows to distribute to the elderly in nursing homes, tutoring and mentoring elementary school students, assisting Habitat for Humanity with building houses for the destitute, and participating in Walk-A-Thons.
Clubs and organizations
Provine offers extracurricular activities such as Academic Quiz Bowl, Art Club, Drama Club, Future Educators of America, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Student Council, and over 20 more programs. Provine High School also host a Robotics Team. It is the only high school in Jackson with a robotics team. The sponsors of the Provine Robotics team are Mr. Redmond Malone and Ms. Patricia Daniels. The robotics team is composed of 29 students,and three teachers from Provine High School. Approximately half of the team is female. The student makeup includes 2 freshmen, 9 sophomore, 8 juniors, and 10 seniors. The team's sponsors include: Delphi, NASA, Jackson State University, Entergy, Geodessy Survey, and Jackson Medical Mall. The Provine JROTC is also one of the programs offered at the school. This program includes three JROTC instructors and no more than 60 students involved in the program.
There are five performing groups at Provine High School. These groups include the "Spirit of Provine" Cheerleaders, The "Soul of Provine" Choir, The "Essence of Provine" Dance–Drill Team, Provine Flag/Colorguard Corp, and The Provine High School Marching Band. The band has more than 100 students. Provine High School Marching Band has been one of Jackson's best bands in the city. In 2006, Provine High School Band was nominated as the best band in Jackson. The band has also been an all-superior band for a few years now. As of 2009, the band had upgraded to over 100-120 band members in the band and 150 along with other members. They have also been known for having the best percussion section, Percussion of Destruction (P.O.D)[when?] The director of the band is Mr. Carlton Williams.
The following schools feed into Provine High School.
- Middle Schools
- Hardy Middle School
- Elementary Schools
- Clausell Elementary School
- French Elementary School
- Lake Elementary School
- Pecan Park Elementary School
- Raines Elementary School
- "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education.
- Feeder Patterns – Jackson Public Schools.