Palm Beach Lakes Community High School

Palm Beach Lakes Community High School

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Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, also known as Lakes or PBL, is a coeducational Public High School located in the Palm Beach Lakes community of West Palm Beach, Florida. It is under the jurisdiction of the School District of Palm Beach County. It was founded in 1908 as Palm Beach High School. The school has the Teacher's Academy Program and serves as the Law Magnet for the entire county.

Once having an enrollment of over 3,500, Palm Beach Lakes was once one of the largest schools in its district. However, due to Florida's Class Size Amendment and the continuous building of high schools in the district, Palm Beach Lakes has a school enrollment of just over 3,000. However, it still remains one of the largest high schools in South Florida.

History

The institution currently known as Palm Beach Lakes Community High School was founded in 1908 as Palm Beach High School. It has the legacy of being the oldest high school in the School District of Palm Beach County. The school is a year older than Palm Beach County, which was founded in April 1909.

Palm Beach High School served as the original site of Palm Beach Junior College, now Palm Beach Community College (PBCC). County school superintendent Joe Youngblood and Howell Watkins, the principal of Palm Beach High School who later became the college's first dean, were instrumental in opening the college. The college's initial goal was to provide additional training to local high school graduates who were unable to find jobs...
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