St. John Paul II Catholic High School (Florida)

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St. John Paul II Catholic High School
5100 Terrebonne Drive


Coordinates30°23′0″N 84°13′13″W / 30.38333°N 84.22028°W / 30.38333; -84.22028Coordinates: 30°23′0″N 84°13′13″W / 30.38333°N 84.22028°W / 30.38333; -84.22028
TypePrivate, Coeducational, Catholic
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Saint John Paul II
School districtDiocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
SuperintendentMike Juhas
PrincipalJoanna Copenhaver
Teaching staff18 (on a FTE basis)
Enrollment140 (2018-19)
Student to teacher ratio9.1
Campus size37 acres
Color(s)Blue and Gold        
Athletics conferenceFHSAA 3-A
RivalMaclay School
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools

St. John Paul II Catholic High School opened in the fall of 2001 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida. It is the first Catholic high school to be founded in Tallahassee. The first graduating class was in 2004, with the first charter class graduating the next year, in 2005. The St. John Paul II campus initially had a gymnasium, chapel, main building, soccer field, and baseball field. A softball field was added in 2013 and opened for the 2014 season. The school has plans for future augmentation. The school also has a wide range of clubs, including (but not limited to) an Automotive Club, Aerospace Engineering club, Literary club, and more.


The school teaches several Advanced Placement Courses including:[3]

  • AP Art
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Language & Composition
  • AP Literature
  • AP Physics
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish

There are also two on-site Dual Enrollment Courses with Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.

The arts[edit]

SJPII has an active drama department, a chorus that competes statewide in choral competitions, a musical instrument program, and a creative arts department that has competed in art competitions and exhibited at various Tallahassee museums and shows. St. John Paul II puts on an annual arts and music festival known as SouthWoodStock featuring student and outside artists and musicians.[4]


St. John Paul II High School's mascot is Pep the Panther, and their colors are Blue and Gold. SJPII has eight boys' athletic teams and eight girls' teams.

PEP, School Mascot

Boys' Sports[edit]

  • Basketball (2019 Class 3-A Boys Basketball State Championship)
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Girls' Sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Track
  • Cheerleading

St. John Paul II School hosts the District volleyball, basketball and baseball events.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  2. ^ "Search for Private Schools - School detail for John Paul II Catholic High School". US Department of Education. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ JPII Catholic High School » Curriculum
  4. ^ Southwoodstock Music & Arts Festival | Home | Community Music & Arts All-day Festival Archived January 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine

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