History

Past | Present | Population | Awards | Programs | Sports | Staff

Past

Dixie M. HollinsDixie M. Hollins High School was named after the first Pinellas County superintendent of schools.  The school was opened in 1959 with its first graduating class in 1960.  Dixie began as the south county comprehensive vocational high school with more than 30 vocational, technical and business program offerings.  Most of these programs have relocated to one of the district's two technical education centers or have been discontinued due to changing work force demands. 

Today, there are six vocational technical programs and six business education programs.  Through the district improvement process the school is attempting to become grounded once again in the tradition of work force preparedness by applying for three academies: manufacturing, graphic arts, and entertainment.

Dixie Martin Hollins was born in Pattonville, Texas, in 1887. He arrived in Clearwater with his wife, Allie, in 1908 with a teaching certificate from Bowling Green Normal School in Kentucky.  When Pinellas County was created from West Hillsborough County in 1912, Hollins became the first superintendent by Gov. Albert Gilchrist. Hollins was 24 when he traveled to various schools over dirt roads in a horse and a buggy.  Dixie M. Hollins owned the St. Petersburg Printing Company and the Pasadena Country Club.  His family still owns and operates one of the largest ranches in the state in Citrus County.  He donated the land for both Maderia Beach elementary and middle School.  To this day his estate provides contributions to Dixie's music program.  He also sponsored the first two athletic banquets for the school.


Dixie Martin Hollins died on Oct. 6, 1962 at the age of 75.  The school closed for half a day so as many students and staff as possible could attend his funeral service. Dixie M. Hollins has been directed by nine principals since its inception.

Present

Presently, Dixie has completed an extensive school-wide renovation.  Some of the original buildings have been replaced while others were renovated.  Computers, network and satellite/cable in the classroom system was purchased during this process.  An upgraded air-conditioning system, a new science building, a new media center, a new cafeteria and new administrative/guidance offices were also added.  A total of $22-million was spent upgrading and remodeling the school.  The school is now one of the two most modern sites in the district.  The school also has full Internet capabilities and teacher presentation office within each classroom.


Dixie M. Hollins High School presents a unique situation in terms of its community composition.  Within walking distance of the school is found a diverse combination of pastoral settings complete with horses and livestock, open air markets, and two of the busiest commercial districts in Pinellas County.


The greatest part of the enrollment (84%) would be considered suburban because the housing districts do not border a direct downtown area.  However, Kenneth City, Pinellas Park, and Seminole are part of the Tampa Bay megalopolis; having access to larger cities such as St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa. 

Population

During 1960 to 1981, the largest number of student enrollment was 3,089.  With the addition of Pinellas Park High School in the mid-70s and the opening of Osceola High School in September 1981, Dixie Hollins' enrollment stabilized around 2,100 to 2,300 students during the 1980s.  Dixie Hollins' student population in the '90s has continued to decline averaging in the 1,700's.  This is due to the emergence of magnet programs in high schools within the area. Dixie Hollins continues to be a traditional high school, serving the needs of all its students.

Awards

Dixie M. Hollins have provided many awards and championships through its athletic teams, band, ROTC, choral, drama, vocational, business and other departments.

Honors and Awards:
Drama department selected for 2002 American High School Theatre Festival, which takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, in conjunction with what is said to be the world's largest and most prestigious arts festival, the Fringe Festival.

2001 U.S. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Engineering Competition, Team Deep Thunder, 15 out of 343 teams in the national competition; 2001 "Cable in the Classroom" mini-grant

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, two state winners

State of Florida Five Star Schools designation for outstanding community-involvement programs

Earned Southern Association of Colleges and Schools continued "all clear" level of accreditation

2000 State Athletic Competition, Team Deep Thunder, 29th out 268 teams in the national competition

1999 Support Employee of the Year semifinalist (Top 20)

1999 Economic Expo, first place, teacher-sponsored student projects demonstration and displays

Appointments to military academies

JROTC (Army) program, state honors

Machine shop student's project, state winner

Programs

Exceptional Education Programs:

Varying Exceptionalities (VE)

Trainable Mentally Handicapped (TMH) speech/language

SCANS learning lab; school-based mental health.

Other Programs:

College preparatory, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Dual enrollment (St. Petersburg College) incorporating College Reach-Out Program (CROP)
Graphic Arts Academy, a four-year course of study leading to college, postsecondary education or a career in printing, commercial arts or other related graphic arts fields
Freshman Experience, a new ninth-grade transition class to orient students to the school's procedures and traditions and to develop critical thinking skills for students' success in high school
JROTC (Army)
USA TODAY Reading Project, a program that integrates newspaper articles into classroom lessons by using CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-Owned Strategies) to prepare students to take the FCAT
Vocational programs and Gold Seal Endorsements (commercial art, commercial foods, printing, general machinery, cosmetology)
U.S. FIRST Robotics Engineering Competition
Student government
17 different clubs; choir, band; drama
Completed $23-million renovation and retrofit project; school wide local area network; state-of-the-art Media Center; TV production studio; closed-circuit television system; partnerships with Raytheon of St. Petersburg, Jabil Circuit, Pinellas Park Middle School, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Museum of Fine Arts
Breakfast program

Sports

Baseball, varsity (boys); basketball, varsity/junior varsity; cheerleading, varsity/junior varsity; cross country, varsity/junior varsity; flag football, varsity/junior varsity (girls); football, varsity/junior varsity; golf, varsity; soccer, varsity; soccer varsity/junior varsity (girls); softball, varsity (girls); spring football, varsity/junior varsity; swimming, varsity; swimming, varsity/junior varsity (girls); tennis, varsity; track, varsity/junior varsity; volleyball, varsity/junior varsity (girls); wrestling, varsity/junior varsity

Sports Awards:

2000-2001 baseball district runner-up

2000-2001 track district runner-up

1997-98 wrestling

5A-10 district champions

1996-97 district baseball and wrestling champions

1996-97 football district playoff

1996-97 boys tract5A-10 district champions

1995-96 football, 5A-10 state runner-up, 1994-95 football, 5A-8 sub-region champions

1994-95 wrestling, 5A-6 district champions

Staff

Forty-two percent of Dixie's staff has a master's degree or above with 97% receiving positive evaluations for last school year. There are numbers of seasoned teachers combined with a mixture of first-, second- and third-year teachers to give the school a good blend of both enthusiasm and experience.