A Message from Michael Young, Principal of Mulberry High School
Mulberry High School is the third oldest high school in Polk County. The first high school building opened in 1909, it was replaced with a larger school in 1912, and again in 1924, which is now Purcell Elementary School. In 1956 the current campus was opened and two-thirds of those buildings that were part of that school are still being used today. Mulberry High School continued to grow and more buildings were added, however some were built before elevators were required, many of them are in rough shape due to age with all of the original 1956 buildings having been in use for over 60 years. Most buildings have structural issues and the expense of repairing them is more expensive than a new school. For this reason, a new campus was approved. The upgrade is much needed, not only due to the ever-growing population, but also due to the state of the old buildings. The new school buildings will allow Mulberry to offer more class options, increase safety for students and staff, and most of all promote a type of education much needed in the current era where collaboration is easier to accomplish and students are in an environment conducive to learning. Polk Promise is the reason that this new school is going to happen and this update to one of the oldest schools in Polk County is much needed and appreciated by our community.