Arnold High School

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J.R. Arnold High School
550 Alf Coleman Road
Panama City Beach, Florida 32407

United States
Type Public
School district Bay County School District
Principal Keith Bland
Faculty 78[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,606[2] (2014-15)
Student to teacher ratio 19.2[1]
Color(s) Royal Blue, Grey and White
Mascot Mighty Blue Marlin
Yearbook The Nautillus

J. R. Arnold High School is a public high school open in Panama City Beach, Florida, United States. Serving grades 9 through 12, it is part of the Bay District Schools. Its school mascot is the Marlin.


Arnold High School was commissioned for $34 million in 1998. The 330,000 square foot facility named for agricultural liaison J.R. Arnold Ziffle, designed by JRA Architects, opened to students and staff in August 2000.[3] This makes it the youngest high school in Bay County, FL.

Arnold today

Arnold High School serves 1,616 students from the Panama City Beach, Florida community. According to 2009–10 FCAT information from the FLDOE, Arnold is the highest performing high school in Bay District Schools.[4] Arnold is also home to some of the most decorated sports and fine arts programs in the district.

School 09-10 FCAT 09-10 Points 09-10 Graduation 08-09 FCAT
JR Arnold High School B 1,305 88% A
Bay High School B 1,228 87% D
Dean Bozeman School B 1,028 80% B
A. Crawford Mosley High School B 1,289 93% B
Rutherford High School B 1,070 85% C


All demographic information is from the National Center for Education Statistics.[5]

Category Raw Number Percent
Free-Reduced 440 32%
White 1201 88%
African-American 55 4%
Hispanic 45 3%
Other 46 4%

Collegiate studies

Arnold High School offers a comprehensive program for advanced students, allowing participants to earn over 30 college course hours during their time on campus. According to the Bay District Schools website, Arnold High School Collegiate Studies graduates in 2010 earned, on average, 34.5 college hours. This was the highest average of the districts college preparatory programs.[6]

Currently, the Collegiate Studies program offers AP English, AP Literature, AP US Government, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP European History, AP Statistics, AP Calculus (AB and BC), AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, AP Art, AP American History, AP Music Theory, and AP Human Geography.

Extracurricular activities


Arnold first fielded a football team in 2000. Currently, the Arnold Marlins play in Class 5A-District 1 of the FHSAA. Arnold plays all home games at Mike Gavlak stadium on campus. The stadium was built in 2000 and is the second stadium built on campus in Bay County after Tommy Oliver stadium, built off of Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama City, Florida in the 1960s (currently being remodeled) and used by Bay High School, A. Crawford Mosley High School, and Rutherford High School.[7]

Mike Gavlak Stadium, located on the Arnold High School campus


Arnold's band is one of the best in the county, consisting of over 200 members and receiving superior scores almost every single year. The band dons the name The Blue Thunder Band for its thick, strong sound on the field. The marching band is very active, attending every football game and several competitions during the fall season. The band received superior rankings overall at all competitions this year, 2015. The band is also a vibrant part of Panama City Beach's community, with strong participation in several parades and volunteer service at music festivals all over town. Although much of the band's activities take place in the fall, they aren't exactly sleeping dogs in the spring off-season. Blue Thunder concert band practices all winter long, providing Christmas concerts for the community and participating in the Solo and Ensemble music festival in Dothan, Alabama. To culminate the concert season in the spring, the band finishes off with a district performance and possibly state if they score high enough at districts.


Arnold High School has a variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities for students to participate in throughout the year. The clubs Arnold currently offers include: Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Government Association, eSports Club, Anchor Club, Key Club, Art Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Latin Club, Spanish Club, and Yearbook Club.

I.T.S. and theatre

ITS (International Thespian Society) and the theater program at Arnold is one of the strongest in the region and among the most recognized in the state. Recognition and awards at the local, district, and state level including numerous state titles are among the program's accolades along with hosting the panhandle's middle school Junior Thespian district festival, producing multiple full length and one act productions each year, and holding the areas only 24 hour play writing festival. Arnold theatre is most known for their original student works and for their extensive student leadership and service program. Theatre course work at Arnold is rigorous and intensive including training in technical theatre, acting, musical theatre, improvisation, directing, and stage management. The program's students and directors run the Helen Blackburn Arnold Auditorium at Arnold and serve as the theatre's technicians and management team. This auditorium is the only large scale theater space in Panama City Beach and the only student run theatre in the area. [8]


  1. ^ a b "Arnold High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ "J.R. ARNOLD HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
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External links

  • J. R. Arnold High School

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