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

Lakeland High

Black students began attending Lakeland High as early as 1964, when two students enrolled in the high school.  Following that year, the numbers steadily increased particularly after Polk County School Board closed the all Black Rochelle High, in 1970.


During the 1970, the Black student population remained relatively level until 1980, when the school board opened Lake Gibson High.  As a result of redistricting, Lakeland High experienced a dramatic drop in Black student enrollment.


Lakeland High began to excel athletically as it had done academically 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.

Black Principals & Counselors

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Asst Principal


Ms Satchel

Mr Hayes

Black Teachers

Mr Balloon

Ms Brown

Mr Chestnut

Mr Cummings

Ms Joe

Mr  Lawrence

Ms Cummings

Mr McArthur

Ms McCann

Mr Owens

Mr Postell

Ms Postell

Mr Smith

Mr Townes

Black Graduates

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