Kathleen in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
This school building was designed by architect E.C. Hosford (1883-1939) and completed in 1928, with east and west additions in 1937. The building replaced a wood frame structure which was located on present day Kathleen Road at Central Avenue. The school served grades 1-12, marking the first time that grades 9-12 had been offered in northwest Polk County. In 1932, the first six students graduated with a 12th grade education. The school was a "strawberry school" with classes in session April through December, allowing students to help harvest strawberry crops between January and March. This practice was discontinued in 1952.
In 1950, grades 1-6 moved to the new Kathleen Elementary, located immediately north of this school site. In 1961, grades 10-12 moved to the new Kathleen Senior High School on Memorial Boulevard. Remaining here were grades 7-9, then known as Kathleen Junior High School. In 1993, this school transitioned to Kathleen Middle School, serving grades 6-8.
On October 18, 2019, the school suffered significant damage from a tornado, but the community and the School Board of Polk County rallied to
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1928 School Trustees~
Kenzie C. Cockrell (1885-1961); Dallas Prine (1876-1947); Thomas L. Stalvey (1881-1972);
1928 Principal ~ S.L. Collins, Sr. (1884-1944)
Class of 1932 First Graduating Class
Stephen A. Cooper (1912-1988), Salutatorian
Rosemary Cox Bridges Mudge (1914-1983)
Seeny Fields Risk (1914-2006)
Nellie Harrison Gandy (1914-2002), Valedictorian
W.T. "Tubby" Harrison Jr. (1912-2002)
Henry O. Prine (1916-1996)
Erected 2022 by The Polk County Historical Commission, Kathleen Area Historical Society, Friends of Kathleen School, The School Board of Polk County. (Marker Number PCHC-0028.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 28° 7.472′ N, 82° 1.188′ W. Marker is in Kathleen, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Kathleen Pines Avenue and Lemona Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Kathleen Pines Avenue. Marker located in front of Kathleen Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3627 Kathleen Pines Avenue, Kathleen FL 33849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 Kathleen Baptist Church/The Charter Members of Kathleen Baptist Church - 1895 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Socrum (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Carpenters' Home (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lodwick School of Aeronautics (approx. 5.6 miles away); Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, The “Buffalo Soldiers” (approx. 6.4 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. 6.6 miles away); Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); Private James H. Mills (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kathleen.
Also see . . . Kathleen Middle School Tornado. (Submitted on June 15, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.