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References, Sources and Contributors


 A Special Note



This website has been created to display  historical information about our school system.

This concept has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I began this endeavor back in 2002, when

I became the Records Retention Specialist for the district.  Although I have a large range of

duties, my true passion is becoming somewhat of a historian for our school system.

To achieve this goal, I began collecting, cataloging, photographing, scanning, and  combining factual

information into a chronological sequence.  I hope to provide the opportunity for each of us to take

a walk from the early classrooms  of yesterday to the modern classrooms of today.


 I am by no means an expert, but I do have a great appreciation for our educational heritage.

 I wanted to preserve our history before it is lost. I developed the motto, 


 "Embracing the rich heritage that is ours and preserving our history for generations to come."


 This is truly my mission, and I hope that in time our community will  make other contributions

of memoribilia, year books, programs, special events pamphlets, photographs and much more.

 I want to thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a part of such an amazing project.


Karen Collins


References and Sources:

·        Teacher Attendance Rosters


·          Board Minutes-

      1.   Volumes 1 & 2    1921-1962


 ·      Board Listing and Superintendants Provided by Joann McCray


 ·       Several books

1.      Watch Wauchula Win, Margaret Stringer


2.      Hardee County: Its People and Its Places, Spessard Stone


3.      History of Hardee County, Jean Plowden


4.      A Touch of Classes, Class of 1996 Project Graduation


        5.  “Ain’t That Somethin” :  Interviews of Hardee County Citizens

                    Hardee Living Project

                  Hardee Community Education


        6.   Peace River Pioneer, by Louise K.Frisbie , page 71


  • The Sunland Tribune, Journal of the Historical Society, November 1993

 Historical  Web-Sites

1.     Florida  Department of State, Division of Archives, Project Memory

2.      Hillsborough County Public Library Digital Archives

3.  CrackerBarrel


·         Herald Advocate

    1.  Articles

    2. Photographs





Our Vision:
Empower and inspire all students for success.

Our Mission:
To provide all students a high-quality education in a nurturing and
creative environment to develop responsible citizens.

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communication to or from our state officials regarding
state business are public records that are available to the public and media upon request.