Schools in the Community

Before 1920

1920 - 1969

1970 - 1985


Lincoln Elementary

Lakeland High


Moorehead School

Pickett Kiddieland

Rochelle Grammar

Rochelle Junior High

Rochelle High

Rochelle Adult School

Washington Park School

Washington Park High

Rochelle Elementary

Rochelle High

Rochelle High School was the successor to Washington Park High.  In 1949, the school was renamed after William A Rochelle, a long-time educator in Lakeland's Black community.  In 1951, the school moved from it original location at the corner of 10th Street and Dakota Avenue--now Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.


Rochelle continued the academic excellence that was established by its predecessor, Washington Park High.  The school's athletic program and band received widespread accolades.  Each year the school produced graduates, that went on to be successful in college and professionally.


The 1969-1970 academic year was Rochelle High School's final year before it was closed by the Polk County School Board.  It's students, faculty and staff were split up between the predominately white high schools, Lakeland and Kathleen High schools.

Black Principals & Counselors

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Asst Principals

Mr Lewis

Mr Strickland

Mr Taylor

Mr Coleman

Mr Roberts

Black Teachers

Ms Adderly

Ms Alexander

Mr Balloon

Mr Bell

Mr Brown

Ms Bunch

Ms Chestang

Ms Colbert

Ms Gillings

Mr Graham

Ms Griffin

Ms Gilchrest

Ms Coleman

Mr Brown

Ms Hill

Ms Jenkins

Ms McCann

Mr McCann

Ms McNair

Mr McArthur

Ms Joe

Ms McPherson

Mr Meade

Ms Newton

Mr Newton

Ms Ortiz

Ms Newton

Mr Mills

Ms Pace

Ms Peterson

Mr Roberts

Mr Saylor

Ms Smith

Mr Roberts

Ms Postell

Mr Spears

Mr Strong

Ms Webb

Ms Williams

Ms Williams

Mr Williams

Mr. Wilson

Black Graduates

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