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Pine Crest School
Pine Crest School (logo).png
Education. Character. Leadership.
Location
Boca Raton &
Fort Lauderdale
, Florida, USA
Information
Type Independent
Established 1934
Head teacher Dana Markham, President
Faculty 210
Number of students 2,500 (2 campuses)
Campus Suburban, 78 acres (320,000 m2),

Ft. Lauderdale campus. 20 acres (81,000 m2), Boca Raton campus

Color(s) Green and White

         

Mascot Panthers
Tuition 2014-2015[1] $27,070 (Grades 9-12) $24,970 (Grades 6-8) $23,070 (Grades 1-5) $21,730 (Grade PK-K)
Website

Pine Crest School is a private preparatory school with campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boca Raton. It was founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1934 by Mae McMillan, who also served as the school's first president.

Pine Crest is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). Pine Crest has also been named a "Blue Ribbon School" by the United States Department of Education.[2]

Pine Crest School has two campuses—the William J. McMillan Campus in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Mae McMillan Campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. The Boca Raton campus, originally Boca Raton Academy, was absorbed by Pine Crest in 1987[3] and hosts students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. The Fort Lauderdale campus hosts students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

History[edit]

Pine Crest School became accredited during those years and developed a reputation as an excellent preparatory school. Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) was followed by membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and numerous other professional groups. To better serve the needs of the expanding community's population, the school was incorporated as a non-profit institution in 1959 and moved in 1965 to an entirely new 49-acre campus in northeast Fort Lauderdale. At that time, William J. McMillan '45, the founder's son, became headmaster and served in that capacity until 1988, when Lourdes M. Cowgill was invested as Headmistress and Mr. McMillan held the position of President of the Pine Crest Preparatory School Corporation. Cowgill succeeded Mr. McMillan as President on September 1, 1995. In January 2011, the Board of Trustees forcibly retired Cowgill to appoint Henry M. Battle, Jr. as the school's fourth president. After a whirlwind of controversy,[4] Battle was placed on administrative leave. The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Dana Markham as acting president in May 2011, and, in December 2011, she became the fifth president of Pine Crest School.[5] .

Aerial View of the Pine Crest campus in Fort Lauderdale as of 2009.

Campuses and facilities[edit]

Boca Raton campus[edit]

For many years, the Boca Raton campus functioned out of the original Boca Raton Academy buildings, which were eventually wrapped with loggias in true Pine Crest character to match the Silvers/Rubenstein Library Media Center, Rochelle Levitetz Fine Arts Building, Parents’ Association Performing Arts Center, and replication of the Fort Lauderdale campus bell tower, which were built by Pine Crest. As of 2009, the Boca Raton Campus has a new middle school building and dining hall extensions, and the Parents' Association Performing Arts Center was rebuilt after the roof collapsed in the summer of 2004. As of 2010, Pine Crest Boca has finished construction on the new lower school replacement building, which achieved LEED for School Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).[6]

Fort Lauderdale campus[edit]

The 62nd Street campus has been greatly expanded since it first opened, and the extensive grounds and various buildings give the Fort Lauderdale campus a collegiate atmosphere. A building campaign at the start of the 21st century saw the construction of a new middle school building, Findeiss Auditorium, a parking garage, and the Huizenga Family Science Center. Athletic facilities include a new health and fitness center constructed in the original Lane Hall boys’ dormitory, a number of locker room facilities, two gymnasia, three pools, Banks Field, Elliot Track, and ten tennis courts. Additionally, the adjacent Freidt campus, commonly referred to as “West Campus,” boasts a number of playing fields for baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse, and softball, a batting cage, boathouse for the crew team, and a nature trail centered on Lake Leone. Fine Arts facilities include the Stacy Chapel and Auditorium, Palmer Dance Studio, McMillian Fine Arts Center, Stacy Arts and Activities Center, and Egan Auditorium. As of 2010, the LEED Gold certified Chiller Plant Building has been completed, providing a chilled water feed to the entire campus. As of 2011, the new Upper School Academic Center has been completed, consolidating the academic functions of the Upper School, which were previously scattered among various buildings, into a single complex.[7] Current work focuses on the construction of new loggias and courtyards to connect the new Upper School building to the existing campus, as well as extensive remodeling of the administrative complex and old Institute for Civic Involvement Building to house the administrative offices displaced by the demolition of the A-wing.

Reputation and Rankings[edit]

According to the Washington Post in 2012, Pine Crest School ranked second in the nation based on their index. Ranked first was Saint Anselm's Abbey in Washington DC and Pine Crest was just ahead of the Washington International School and Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California.[8]

Performing and Visual Arts[edit]

Pine Crest's arts program covers visual and performing arts. Facilities include the Palmer Dance Studio and the Stacy Auditorium, which hosts the annual ballet, musical, and several jazz and music performances. Practice facilities for music also exist, along with art studios and facilities for photography. Art is taught from an early age, and students can opt out of physical fitness classes for formal ballet training.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Upper School Quad of the Pine Crest School Campus, 2012
Traditional Brick Columns on the Pine Crest campus.

Notable alumni and students of Pine Crest School include:

Notable Faculty and Staff[edit]

Notable faculty members of the Pine Crest faculty and staff include:

Student life[edit]

The total enrollment for Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton is 2,555 students.[9]

Each year, Pine Crest awards a student the competitive Coleman Prize which pays for half of the recipient's senior year tuition and is not based on financial need.[10]

Debate[edit]

Members of the Pine Crest policy debate team were the 1976 National Forensics Champions and the Florida Novice State Champions in 2004, 2008, and 2009. Members of the team were also in the quarterfinals of the prestigious Wake Forest Debate Tournament in 2008 and 2009. The team has placed in the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions and recently qualified two teams to the Tournament of Champions in 2011 and 2012, one team in 2013, and were state champions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Members of the team also won the Florida Blue Key debate tournament in 2010, and the Wake Forest University National Earlybird Tournament in 2013. In 2007 Stephanie Feeley got to the quarterfinals at the National Forensics League Championships in Wichita, Kansas.

Publications[edit]

Pine Crest School students produce publications including the school newspaper Type-One, a literary magazine The Scribbler, the Institute for Civic Involvement newsletter The ICI Newsletter,
and the nationally award-winning school yearbook, The Crestian.

Pine Crest also publishes an alumni publication, The Magazine, and an online e-newsletter.

Pine Crest has two television stations, PCNN for middle school, and PCTV for upper school. PCTV has won numerous national awards from Student Television Network (STN), Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) and more. They had a Sun-Sentinel headline in July 2013 describing their new state-of-the-art $750,000 studio. They attend the Student Television Network Convention annually.

Athletics[edit]

Pine Crest has varsity and junior-varsity (JV) sports teams, including football, cheerleading, lacrosse, golf, crew, cross-country, track, soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, hockey and weightlifting. Athletics are divided into fall, winter, and spring sports, with some programs holding practices during all three seasons. Several Pine Crest alumni have participated at the Olympic Games as swimmers[citation needed].

In basketball, two-time Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Brandon Knight led the team to Class 3A state titles in 2008 and 2009.[11]

Crew Team at Pine Crest.

In July 2010, Knight was also named the National Player of the Year at a ceremony prior to the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.[12] Regarded by many as the number-one recruit in the Class of 2010, Knight announced his decision to attend the University of Kentucky live on ESPNU on April 14, 2010. After Brandon Knight's graduation, Pine Crest's basketball team was able to net another championship with a Class 4A state title in 2012.[13]

The Pine Crest boys' lacrosse team was the state champion in 2002.[14] The swim team has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for the past years[citation needed].

The crew team attends regattas most weekends from February through May and sends over 20 rowers each year to the preliminaries for the CRASH-B Sprints. In 2010, the varsity women's team placed second at the SRAA (Scholastic Rowing Association of America) championships.[15]

Achievements[edit]

In the 2004-2005 school year, three students - Kyle Mahowald, Andrew Malcolm, and Caitlin McAuliffe - were named Presidential Scholars by the US Department of Education, the first time more than two students in Florida were given the award; usually two students per state are awarded (six total were awarded to Florida students in 2005).[16] In October 2006, 21 members of the Class of 2007 were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the second most semifinalists of any school in Florida's history. Pine Crest is consistently among the top 25 private schools in the nation for its performance in the competition.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Pine Crest School ~ Fact Sheet
  3. ^ Pine Crest School ~ History
  4. ^ Losing Battle: Fort Lauderdale's Most Elite School - Pine Crest - Reels From 99 Days of Ill-Fated Leadership - Page 1 - News - Broward/Palm Beach - New Times Broward-Palm Beac...
  5. ^ Pine Crest School ~ Dr. Dana Markham Takes Helm as Fifth President of Pine Crest School
  6. ^ Pine Crest School ~ Boca Raton Campus Construction
  7. ^ Pine Crest School ~ Fort Lauderdale Campus Construction
  8. ^ staff (none). "The High School Challenge". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 June 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Fact Sheet". Pine Crest School. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pine Crest School Coleman Prize Winner Announced!". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  11. ^ . Pine Crest School http://basketball.pinecrest.edu/BoysVarsityBasketball. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ . Gatorade http://www.gatorade.com/poy/archive.aspx. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Pine Crest is State Basketball Champions for 2012". Pine Crest School. 
  14. ^ Regional Ratings
  15. ^ . Scholastic Rowing Association of America https://www.sraa.net/history/past-results/. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Scholars". Presidential Scholars Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Pine Crest

External links[edit]


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7 news items

 
Sun Sentinel
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:58:51 -0700

Alan Koolik receives a hug during a Jeopardy Teen Challenge watch party at Pine Crest School, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Alan's friends, family and classmates watched him win his semi final round during the watch party. (Michael Laughlin / Sun Sentinel).

Florida Keys Keynoter

Florida Keys Keynoter
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:21:40 -0700

An overtime extra point off the foot of Pine Crest School's kicker provided the slimmest of margins Friday as Coral Shores High suffered its first football loss at home this fall, 14-13. Pine Crest's Panthers (4-3) "made one more play than we did ...

Florida Keys Keynoter

Florida Keys Keynoter
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:02:26 -0700

The Hurricanes dominated against Curley's winless Knights, but expect a far more tenacious foe Friday in Pine Crest School (3-3) of Fort Lauderdale. Game time at George M. Barley Jr. Stadium is 7:30 p.m.. Pine Crest's Panthers suffered an 0-3 start ...
 
Sun Sentinel
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:56:15 -0700

The Bobcats baseball team is hosting its annual Bats Against Breast Cancer event Oct. 18 with both varsity and junior varsity teams playing against their counterparts at Pine Crest School and Somerset Academy. "We try to make it a community event ...
 
Sun Sentinel
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:21:36 -0700

Guests at Isabella Malaga's bat mitzvah arrived bearing gifts: Decorated cardboard houses with money inside to be donated to build a playground for homeless children. Isabella had sent her guests little housebuilding kits, called Houses for Change, and ...
 
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:30:52 -0700

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:04:29 -0700

The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission will send the city and the unions a list of potential special magistrates. The city and the police union will choose a magistrate to hear their dispute. The same will happen with the city and the fire ...
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