Polk County Public Schools is asking the community to help name our newest high school.
The school, located adjacent to Davenport School of the Arts, is scheduled to open in Aug. 2021. It will accommodate 2,500 students, helping to relieve enrollment at nearby Ridge Community and Haines City high schools; and will offer programs in the fine arts, hospitality and hotel management, technology, computer modeling and gaming.
After researching the history of the surrounding area, a naming committee comprised of school, district and community leaders has selected three possible names for the school.
Members of the public are asked to cast their vote by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCPS-Davenport. Voting will close on Aug. 28.
The three possible names include:
- Davenport High School – Fort Davenport was built in 1838, in honor of Col. William Davenport, who served as the local U.S. commander during the Second Seminole War. The modern city of Davenport got its start when the South Florida Railroad opened a station a half mile north of the current city in the 1880s. The City of Davenport was incorporated in 1915.
- Heritage Trail High School — Pioneers began to build homes along the old military roads in the area of Horse Creek, which eventually became Davenport. Many saw the opportunity to use the land for agriculture and cattle grazing. The area received a huge boost when the railroad came in the 1800s. The Polk County Heritage Trail highlights more than 150 years of Polk County History. Several stops along the trail are located in Davenport.
- Horse Creek High School — The modern city of Davenport was originally known as the Horse Creek settlement. It was named for a nearby creek that eventually flows to Snell Creek then to Lake Hatchineha, and finally into the Kissimmee River system. The naming of the settlement as Horse Creek occurred in 1838 when the U.S. military set up Fort Davenport in the area. In 1884, the Horse Creek Post Office was established, but two years later, it was changed to the Davenport Post Office.
After voting closes, the winning name will go to the Polk County School Board for approval on Sept. 22.