J. M. Tate High School

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J.M. Tate High School
1771 Tate Road

Florida 32533-6472

United States
TypePublic High School
FounderJames Madison Tate Sr.
School districtEscambia County School District
PrincipalRichard Shackle
Enrollment2,181 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Crimson and Gray          
AthleticsWrestling, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Swim/Dive, Volleyball, Track, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Cross Country
MascotAggie (Horse)
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools/Florida Department of Education
YearbookThe Tahisco

J.M. Tate High School is a secondary school in Cantonment, Florida, United States. The school is part of the Escambia County School District.


Tate High School was founded in 1878 by James Madison Tate Sr., a Civil War veteran, minister and former lawyer. The school was originally called Roberts High School and was one of the first high schools established in Escambia County. The original school building was one room with a sawdust floor; students sat on wooden benches. Initially, Tate taught all of the grades himself. Tate taught at Roberts High until 1913, when he retired.

In 1917, the James Madison Tate Sr. Agricultural School was completed. The school was a two-story brick building with eight classrooms. Establishment of the agricultural school advanced the agricultural programs already in place at the original Roberts High.

In 1927, O.A. Strange became principal of Tate High School. During his 24-year tenure as head of the school, 10 buildings were added to the campus and the school transformed from a small rural school to a modern high school.[2]

Student organizations and athletics[edit]

During the early days of Tate High, there was no football equipment, so the school's main sports were basketball and baseball. Tate's baseball team has won seven state championships since 1960.[3] One of the school's most accomplished baseball players, Don Sutton, went on to major league fame with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The football team won the 4A state championship in 1980[4] under coach Carl Madison.

The Tate softball team won the Florida Class 7A state championship in 2015 lead by pitcher Tori Perkins current player for the University of West Florida.

Tate's marching band, the Showband of the South, won the first official Bands of America Grand National Championship, in 1980.

Tate is also known for its drumline which has competed in annual world championship competitions in Dayton, Ohio.[citation needed] The school's colorguard is known as the "Tate Chaparrals." In 1989, the colorguard competed in the WGI Scholastic World Class Competition, winning first place.[citation needed]

The Tate High School FFA chapter was founded in 1929.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "J.M. TATE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  2. ^ A Salute to the Heritage of Tate High School
  3. ^ baseball Archived 2008-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ https://floridahsfootball.com/football-vault/state-championship-records/1980s-state-championship-game-results/
  5. ^ "Fun Election Facts for the Kids". Retrieved 2009-02-16.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°34′39″N 87°18′03″W / 30.577426°N 87.300917°W / 30.577426; -87.300917