Schools in the Community

Before 1920

1920- 1969

1970 - 1985


Crystal Lake Jr High

Cleveland Heights Elem


Kathleen Jr High

Kathleen High

Lake Gibson High

Lakeland Jr High

Lincoln Elementary

Pickett Kiddieland

Rochelle Elementary

Seth McKeel Middle

Southwest Elementary

Southwest Jr High

St Joseph Elementary

Webster Avenue

Lakeland High

Winston Elementary

Kathleen High

Black students began attending Kathleen High in the 1969 - 1970 academic school year.  The Black students were a large portion of the students who would have attended the all Black Rochelle High School, which the Polk County School Board closed at the end of the 1968 - 1969 academic year.


During the 1970s, the Black student population remained relatively level at Kathleen High. Each year, a little over one hundred Black students graduated from the high school.  This trend continued until 1980, when the school board opened Lake Gibson High.  As a result of redistricting, Kathleen High experienced a dramatic drop in Black student enrollment.


Kathleen High began to excel athletically after integration.  Several of it Black athletes went on to be successful in college and professionally.  Many of its Black students have also gone on to be successful in business, entertainment, government and politics.

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Black Principals & Counselors


Asst Principals


Mr Speed

Mr Speed

Mr Williams

Ms McCloud

Black Teachers

Ms Alexander

Ms Bell

Ms Bunch

Ms Carlton

Ms Castleberry

Ms Davenport

Ms Gibson

Ms Henderson

Mr Johnson

Mr Macom

Mr Mccaskill

Mr Mills

Mr Milton

Ms Newton

Mr Strong

Ms Williams

Mr Wilson

Ms Witlshire

Black Graduates

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