Gulf Breeze High School

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

Schools are not what they used to be, and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is appealing to business owners to help continue that trend through the E3: Excite, Engage, Experience program. “So much has changed in the 11 years I’ve been superintendent, and so much will change in the next ten years,” he said. […]

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Amid accusations of improperly changing her daughter’s grades, Gulf Breeze High School Assistant Principal Tori Baker resigned Sept. 25 via a letter from her attorney. Baker was set for termination in October at the recommendation of Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

GBHS assistant principal accused of changing daughter’s grades

GBHS assistant principal accused of changing daughter’s grades

Gulf Breeze administrators are facing disciplinary action after allegedly changing the grades of the assistant principal’s daughter last school year. Assistant Principal Tori Baker is being recommended for termination from employment with the district, according to letters submitted by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick for review by the Santa Rosa County School Board. Principal Danny Brothers also […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

A local graduate has been selected as one of four recipients in the Southeast for RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program. Genevieve Edwards of Navarre will receive a boost from the scholarship funds as she pursues her degree at the University of West Florida.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue […]

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and sometimes art (STEAM) have taken classrooms across the country and world by storm in recent years. For Santa Rosa County School District, this approach to teaching has been a core part of the education model since the STEAM Innovate program launched in 2015, making the district a trailblazer on […]

Gulf Breeze swim team looking to square away pool situation

Gulf Breeze swim team looking to square away pool situation

Gulf Breeze is focused on getting its pool situation squared away before the high school swim season begins. Because Hunter Pool in Pensacola is going to be closed at some point after Labor Day for renovation, the Dolphins, who use the pool for practice and meets, need an alternative for the 2019 season.   Read […]

GBHS JROTC instructor named Rookie of the Year

GBHS JROTC instructor named Rookie of the Year

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced Master Sergeant Rafael Garcia (Air Force Retired) of Gulf Breeze High School as the 2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year during their Rookie of the Year Reception May 8. Garcia is the school’s Aerospace Science and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor.   Read the […]

GBHS brings ‘Matilda’ to the Saenger

GBHS brings ‘Matilda’ to the Saenger

This year’s award-winning troupe of Gulf Breeze High Theatre performers is bringing the musical “Matilda” to the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola Thursday and Friday. Sarah Rushing is playing the lead role of Matilda and has been seen in several Gulf Breeze High Theatre productions over the past few years.   Read the full article in […]

Opening day for Miracle League play

Opening day for Miracle League play

Braves, Angels, Cubs, Pirates, Mets and Red Sox lined up Saturday for opening day of the Miracle League in Tiger Point Park. A total of 12 teams, with somewhere around 100 players, will play their inaugural a six-week spring schedule on a newly constructed adaptive baseball field in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article in […]

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze High School’s Mock Trial team placed fourth in state competition in Orlando March 14-17. The was also awarded the Professionalism Award for the second time. As seen in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

‘Science is for girls’

‘Science is for girls’

With tiaras on their heads and lab coats on their shoulders, hundreds of girls got up close with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) March 12 during GEEKS Night at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. GEEKS, which stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge, was created by south Santa Rosa educators in partnership with the […]

NHS Mock Trial team goes to court, scores fourth

NHS Mock Trial team goes to court, scores fourth

Navarre High School’s Mock Trial team scored into the semifinals at this year’s annual meet Feb. 18-20 in Pensacola, taking home fourth place in the regional competition despite still being in its infancy. Austin Perry, NHS social studies teacher and former Mock Trial state champion, started the team fall 2017 by gathering students interested in […]

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Nothing about politics seems to come easy in the City of Gulf Breeze these days. Just when the voters seemed to have elected a popular new mayor last November, the winner–David Landfair–abruptly resigned in January amid a texting scandal. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

All three of the finalist for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year hail from schools in south Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Friday the teachers that made the final cut selected from the 33 school nominees throughout the district. The finalists are Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School, Charles Phan of […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

Working the room with handshakes all around, newly elected Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair acted more like a candidate than a winner Monday night. Emblematic of Landfair’s promises of city meetings that are more “collegial” than some of the contentious sessions of recent years, he thanked the 40 or so friends, residents and reporters who […]

New mayors in opposite ends of Santa Rosa

New mayors in opposite ends of Santa Rosa

Spirited elections in mayor’s races were won by David Landfair in Gulf Breeze and Heather Lindsay in Milton on Tuesday. Both newly minted mayors said they are humbled by their victories and plan to dig in quickly on addressing community issues. Landfair, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and JROTC instructor at Gulf Breeze High […]

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

While rivalry week tends to be a competitive time between Navarre and Gulf Breeze high schools, this year’s food drive steered away from the traditional competition to respond to a need within the wider community. The annual Caring and Sharing rivalry canned food drive, held Oct. 17-27, moved to divide donations between the local Santa […]

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

The University of West Florida highlighted their 2018 incoming top scholars Sept. 25, paying a special shout out to the four 2018 National Merit Scholar Finalists enrolled this year. Only 15,000 of the more than 1.6 million juniors across the country who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition were selected as Finalists. Read the […]

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Few 17-year-olds understand the sometimes complicated innerworkings of Florida’s legislative process. Even fewer have lived it. But from June 9-14, four teen representatives from Navarre and Gulf Breeze made their way to Tallahassee to perform their own miniature version of a legislative session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State conference. Read the […]

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Students of Gulf Breeze High School trained for in-demand hospitality jobs this month as the school rolled out its new Hospitality and Tourism Academy. Instructor Jasmine Crowell has a degree in hospitality, and she said she is happy to share her knowledge with students. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Gulf Breeze grapples with stormwater costs

Gulf Breeze grapples with stormwater costs

Raising the monthly stormwater utility fee by more than 80 percent to $9.20 is being proposed for City of Gulf Breeze homeowners. But even that increase won’t be enough to cover the utility’s long-term costs and pay off debt, according to documents provided by City Manager Samantha Abell. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Last weekend was one of the most violent on a football Friday night. There were three shootings outside stadiums in three different states, including Florida, and that has prompted a more proactive approach to preventing future incidents. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Recruiting hype

Recruiting hype

Before social media became the hotbed for finding out anything and everything about someone else’s life, athletes around the nation had no idea who was getting what offer from what school. At least not instantly. Times have changed, according to Tony Carter, an assistant football coach at Navarre. Read the full article in the June […]

Seeking to end Gulf Breeze’s public pool drought

Seeking to end Gulf Breeze’s public pool drought

Ever since The Club II’s owners filed for federal Bankruptcy Court protection from creditors in 2016, several community leaders in South Santa Rosa have talked about taking on the financial challenge of reviving the once-popular facility. Now there’s some action. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Navarre students take first place for plastic pollution video

Of the 260 million tons of plastic produced each year, 10 percent of it will end up in the world’s oceans, according to a study by the environmental group Greenpeace. A group of Navarre High school students created a video titled “#BeTheSealution” for raising awareness of the issue of trash in the ocean and won […]

Gulf Breeze students March for Our Lives

Gulf Breeze students March for Our Lives

  Chants of “enough is enough” were answered with honking car horns along Gulf Breeze Parkway Saturday as roughly 100 people, led by Gulf Breeze High School students, marched for an end to gun violence. The March for Our Lives rally was one of many held across the U.S. in a movement spawned by the […]

Gulf Breeze students join national gun protest

Gulf Breeze students join national gun protest

  At 10 a.m. March 14, students across the U.S. stood up and walked out of their classrooms for 17 minutes as part of National School Walkout. Locally, Gulf Breeze High School students participated in the event under the watchful eyes of school administrators. Read the full article in the Mar. 22 issue of Navarre […]

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

Commissioners on board to control student population growth

South Santa Rosa County needs a new high school, but it is not likely to be built anytime soon. There are fewer than 147 student stations left open in Gulf Breeze and Navarre High School combined. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]