William R. Boone High School

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William R. Boone High School
William R. Boone High School mascott logo.png
1000 E. Kaley
Orlando, Florida 32806
School type Public high school
Motto Boone Students Today,
Brave Leaders Tomorrow
Established 1952
School district Orange County Public Schools
Principal Mr. Dusty Johns
Faculty 137
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,810 (2016-17)[1]
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Orange      , white     
Mascot Braves
Rival Edgewater High School
Newspaper hi-lights
Yearbook Legend
Information 407-893-7200
Alumni website www.boonefoundation.net

William R. Boone High School is a public high school in Orlando, Florida, United States. Built in 1952, the school is one of twenty high schools in the Orange County Public Schools system, created to accommodate the growing number of students at Orlando High School. The plan involved building two high schools, Orlando North and Orlando South, to take the place of Orlando High School and convert the old high school facilities into what is now Howard Middle School. The last principal of Orlando High School, William R. Boone, died of a heart condition before the two new schools were opened, so the school board dedicated one of the high schools in his memory, then christened Orlando North as Edgewater High School after its surrounding community.


The William R. Boone High School campus is frequently referred to as "The Reservation", most likely as an allusion to the school's mascot, a Native American "Brave". This is perhaps most notable in the weekly newsletter, "From The Reservation".[2]

Boone High School has finished an eight-year renovation process and the campus, featuring a new media center and updated buildings, was rededicated in the fall of 2005.


For the school year 2007-2008, Boone received an "A" under the school rating system. For the 2008-2009 school year, BHS again received an A, making it the only "A" school in Orlando, and one of only two in Orange County. Boone offers several college-preparatory and technical education programs. College bound students can participate in the Distinguished Scholars program and the Gifted program. Students seeking technical preparation can participate in programs such as drafting, early childhood education, and Tech Prep. Students can dual enroll with local community colleges and technical schools for courses specific to careers.


Magnet Programs[edit]

The school offers three magnet programs (see magnet schools), which attract students from all over Orange County. These programs (the Law Magnet,[3] the Academy of Finance,[4] and the Criminal Justice Academy[5]) offer four years' worth of elective courses with an aim of preparing students for similar majors in college. All of these tracks have won awards from the county and state.


Other (non-magnet) academies at Boone include the Creative Arts Academy,[6] the Health-care Academy,[7] and the Academy of Information Technology.[8]

Advanced placement[edit]

Boone also offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students of any year (freshman through senior) may take an AP course.[9]

[10] Social Sciences and the Arts Hard Sciences
Courses Offered Spanish, French,
English Language English Literature,
Micro-Economics, Macro-Economics
U.S. Government,
U.S. History, European History, World History,
Human Geography,
Art History, Studio Art, Music Theory
Calculus AB, Calculus BC,
Physics B, Physics C,
Environmental Science,

Student life[edit]


The Mock Trial Team won the State Championship in 2006.

The theatre department puts on several productions each year. In their most recent season, their productions consisted of "A Little Princess: Sara's Heart" (a world premiere), "Boys, Bois, Boyz", (another world premier) and "Chicago: The Musical". Thespian Troupe 1139 competes in local and state theater competitions. They won a total of seven "Best in Shows" as well as the "Critics Choice" acting award in this latest season at the Districts Level. In early 2009, the drama department formed an improvisation troupe, Deep Thoughts, which plays several shows a year to this day.

The Legend yearbook has received the Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its 2006[11] and 2007[12] books. In 2010 Hi-lights (the school newspaper) received a Silver Crown.[13] Both publications have been Pacemaker Finalists from National Scholastic Press Association.[14][15]

Listing of academic clubs[edit]

Course-based Pre-professional Other
Art Club B.B.C Club Writing Center
Drama Club Florida Future Educators of America Math Center
French Club Hi-Lights (School newspaper) Mu Alpha Theta
Math Club Health Occupations Students of America(H.O.S.A) Spanish Honor Society
Spanish Club Legend Yearbook Tri-M Music Honor Society
Web-Tech Club Police Cadets Social Justice Club

Brave TV/News[edit]

Boone's morning news show, Brave TV News, delivers the news Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesday during third period. It consists of two anchors, one male, one female, and a sports anchor. Brave TV News was named the best daily news show in the 2008 fall nationals by Student Television Network.[16]


The music department includes the following areas of study:


  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Color Guard
  • Marching Band- an ensemble that is the combined forces of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Color Guard


  • Men's Choir
  • Ladies' Choir
  • Belles Voix
  • Advanced Women
  • Concert Choir
  • Vocal Techniques


  • Beginning Orchestra
  • Advanced Orchestra


  • Keyboard I
  • Keyboard II, III, IV


  • Music Theory
  • AP Music Theory


Boone is a member of the Orlando Metro Conference, and participates among the largest classes of the FHSAA state athletic competitions. Boone has held a rivalry with Edgewater High School since both schools opened in 1952. The schools compete in football each year in a game dubbed "The Battle for the Barrel" for a "Spirit Barrel."

Athletic teams by season[edit]

Fall Winter Spring Club sports
Football Boys' basketball Flag football Crew (Rowing)
Cheerleading Girls' basketball Spring Football Roller hockey
Girls' volleyball Girls' Soccer Baseball Boone Dance crew
Cross-country Boys' Soccer Softball Bravettes
Swimming Wrestling Track and field Boone's unique sports
Golf Weightlifting Tennis
Bowling Lacrosse
Boys' Volleyball
Water polo

Miscellaneous organizations[edit]

Other organizations, sponsored by faculty members, exist on the reservation. Some of these bodies, like the Senior Class, Junior Class, Sophomore Class, Freshman Class, and their umbrella organization, the Student Government Association (SGA), seek to teach (by a combination of play and enculturation). Other campus groups give students a platform from which to engage in social or political activism. These clubs are Environmental Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Social Justice Club, Key Club, Operation Smile, HAVEN, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), F.C.A. (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), The Young Democrats, and the Young Republicans.[19]


The school's Naval JROTC unit was formed in 1980, and won a top ranking in the nation in 1994. The unit has been to the NJROTC state finals and participates in community service, drill competitions, athletic competitions, and Color Guards. The unit also has an orienteering team and a marksmanship team. The unit was awarded most improved unit in the nation during the 2011-2012 school year. [20]

Student body composition[edit]

Boone High School has 3,000 students and 230 faculty and staff members. Almost one quarter of the students receive free or reduced lunch, and the population served by Exceptional Student Services is growing. As of 2005, Boone is a magnet for the deaf/hard-of-hearing population of Orange County and provides many outreach programs to the community including the American Sign Language club.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Marvin Bracy, member of the United States 2016 Olympic Track Team.


  1. ^ FHSAA Student Population Report
  2. ^ "From The Reservation" (PDF). Boone High School. April 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Law". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Finance". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Criminal Justice". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ BHS Creative Arts Academy webpage[dead link]
  7. ^ "Health Science". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Information Technology". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ BHS webpage on AP coursework
  10. ^ BHS 2010-2011 Curriculum Guide
  11. ^ 2006 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards
  12. ^ 2007 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards
  13. ^ 2010 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards Archived June 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "NSPA - Contest Winners". studentpress.org. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "NSPA - Contest Winners". studentpress.org. Archived from the original on August 7, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Student Television Network (STN) Contest Archives
  17. ^ Band and Guard
  18. ^ Boone Chorus
  19. ^ "Clubs and Organizations". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Boone High School - NJROTC". ocps.net. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 28°31′08″N 81°21′55″W / 28.51878°N 81.36515°W / 28.51878; -81.36515