Seminole High School (Seminole County, Florida)
|Seminole High School|
|Sanford, Seminole Co., Florida
|School district||Seminole County Public Schools|
|Number of students||3,360|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
|Athletics conference||Seminole athletic conference|
|Website||Seminole High School|
Seminole High School is a public high school located in Sanford, Florida, operated by Seminole County Public Schools. From 2006 to 2011, Seminole High School was one of the schools in Seminole County on Newsweek's list of the top 1,200 schools in the United States. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The Academy for Health Careers provides a curriculum based on a future career in health care. Students take a health class and health material is integrated into the curriculum of all other subjects. Seminole High also offers Advanced Placement courses in a range of subjects.
Newsweek rated Seminole #303 in their list of the top 1,200 schools in the country in 2006. Newsweek rated Seminole #150 in their list of the top 1,200 high schools in the country in 2007, making it the highest ranked high school in Seminole County.
Sanford High School was built in 1902. In 1911 the student population necessitated the building of a new Sanford High School on Sanford Avenue. In 1927 a much larger building opened on French Avenue, and the school was renamed Seminole High School. By 1961 a new sprawling campus was opened at the present location on Ridgewood Avenue, and the old building on French Avenue became Sanford Junior High School (later renamed Sanford Middle School). Seminole High School has grown not only in the size of the campus, but also in student population - in 1907, only four students attended and graduated Seminole High School. Today, the graduation rate in Seminole High School is 86%. The original building on 7th Street was for a time used as the Student Museum, open to elementary field trips to represent the rich history of education in Seminole County. In 2012 that building was reopened, in a partnernship between Seminole County and the University of Central Florida as the Public History Museum; this made it open to the general public, as well as laboratory for university students to gain hands-on experience displaying history to the public.
In 2004, the school began renovations costing over $10 million, including the construction of new classroom halls; a new media center was opened in 2006, a new gym was opened at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, and a new auditorium. The renovation was completed in 2010. Tomahawk Hall opened at the beginning of the second quarter of the 2006-07 school year. A performing arts center, later to be named in honor of former principal Karen W. Coleman, opened in March 2008. Seminole High's Thespians were the first to use the center, producing The Pink Panther Strikes Again that month. Construction on a new building, now called Renegade, was completed in Spring 2009.
Renovations on the cafeteria began in early 2009 and were finished at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year. and the construction on a new building, now called Warrior Hall in the east side of the campus. The current amount of renovations completed, and to be built, total about $55 million.
Seminole High offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the last two years of the IB Middle Years Programme. Many Seminole High IB students begin the Middle Years Programme at one of four Seminole County middle schools which offer the program.
Additional extra curricular activities
The school newspaper, The Seminole, is an elective course in which students may involve themselves in journalism, publishing, layout/design, photography, and advertising.
Sports practiced at the school include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, dance, track and cross country running, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling, and bowling.
The Seminole High School Varsity football played in the 6A Florida State Finals on December 20, 2008 winning against Miami Northwestern High School. Video of Hail to the Champs Parade sponsored by the City of Sanford. 
- Ray-Ray Armstrong – Linebacker for San Francisco 49ers
- Red Barber – noted Ford C. Frick Award recipient and sportscaster for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Yankees.
- Jeff Blake – NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears
- John F. Bolt – recipient of the Navy Cross and only Marine to achieve the title of ace in both World War II and the Korean War.
- Reggie Branch – Former running back for the Washington Redskins
- Mack Cleveland (Class of 1942) – attorney and state legislator from Seminole County
- David Eckstein – MLB shortstop who was the 2006 World Series MVP with St. Louis Cardinals
- Kadeem Edwards, NFL player
- Jeff Faine – NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Vienna Girardi – winner of season 14 of The Bachelor
- Ben Kozlowski – former professional baseball player (Texas Rangers)
- Matt Kuchar – professional golfer on the PGA Tour
- Doug Marlette – Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and author
- Ron Moore – NFL defensive tackle
- Hardy Rawls – actor on TV sitcom The Adventures of Pete & Pete
- Tim Raines – retired MLB player and current coach
- Tim Raines, Jr. – Former professional baseball player (Baltimore Orioles)
- Ericka N. Perry, Entrepreneur, Founder of The Stork Bag
- Bobby Wilson, MLB player
Video of the Alma Mater 
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