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

Lake Gibson High

Lake Gibson High School opened the 1979-1980 academic year.  It was third high school built in Lakeland, and the first built since integration in the early seventies.


The Black student population was a result of redistricting of the Black community.  Some students were from neighborhoods that previously fed Kathleen and Lakeland High schools.  Also, there was an increasing number of Black students in neighborhoods that were developing in the far North part of Lakeland known as Gibsonia.


The majority of the Black faculty and staff were reassigned from Kathleen and Lakeland High schools.


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Black Principals & Counselors




Ms McCloud

Black Teachers

Ms Davenport

Ms Ingram

Mr Joe

Mr Milton

Mr Smith

Mr  Strong

Black Graduates

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