University High School

University High School serves 2,770 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the FL average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 57%.
University High School operates within the Orange School District.
The school district's 70% graduation rate is equal to the FL state average of 70%.


The student population of 2770 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 130 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School Type Magnet School
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,770 students
University High School Total Students (1991-2012)
Gender % 50% Male / 50%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 130 teachers
University High School Total Classroom Teachers (1991-2012)
Students by Grade University High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (FL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1 15:1
University High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1991-2012)
American Indian
University High School Asian (1991-2012)
University High School Hispanic (1991-2012)
University High School Black (1991-2012)
University High School White (1991-2012)
All Ethnic Groups University High School Sch Ethnicity University High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.68 0.69
University High School Diversity Score (1991-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
University High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1991-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
University High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 186,684 students has grown by 26877% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 98% over five years.
School District Name Orange School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed 186,684 9,762
Orange School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 70% 70%
Orange School District Graduation Rate (2001-2009)
District Total Revenue $1,811 MM $138 MM
Orange School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $1,837 MM $159 MM
Orange School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $2,616,370 $13,793
Orange School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $2,654,399 $15,882
Orange School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • University High School is a high school in Orlando, Florida opened in 1990. The school is one of thirteen public high schools in Orange County and is located about a mile from the University of Central Florida. University High School has an International Baccalaureate program and a Global Information and Future Technologies (GIFT) program.
  • The school's mascot is the Florida Cougar. The school colors are blue and gold. In 2004, the shade of gold was changed from a yellow gold to varsity gold.
  • Campuses: UHS has two campuses, The Freshman Campus and Main Campus (Formerly The East and West Campus). The Main Campus (West) is now the campus where the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classrooms are. West is designed in a square architectural layout with a courtyard in the middle. The Freshman (East) Campus is made up predominantly of fixed portable classrooms and located across the street from the main building. In 2005, both campuses completed an extensive renovation on roofs. Students would normally complain about excessive roof-leaking, rain-saturated floors, and cockroaches.
  • Main (West) Campus: Main Office.
  • Main Gymnasium - Indoor Basketball Courts, Locker Rooms, Exercise Room, and Wrestling Room.
  • Main Cafeteria - Includes four food lines.
  • Patrick Culler Performing Arts Center - Drama Department, Choir and Band Performances.
  • Large Central Courtyard - Features tower school bell and an outside eating area for students.
  • Main Media Center - Features Computers for student use.
  • Freshman (East) Campus: Secondary Gym - Includes weight room and Secondary Band room.
  • Secondary Office - Deals mostly with attendance affairs and checking in and out of class.
  • Secondary Cafeteria.
  • The East Campus used to be the location of Discovery Middle School until Discovery re-located to the Waterford Lakes area.
  • Playing Fields: Stadium - Football/Soccer field and Track with Stadium seating.
  • Practice Field - Adjacent to stadium.
  • Secondary Practice Field - Used for Lacrosse, Soccer and Band Practice.
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts and Tennis Courts.
  • Programs: Aside from the IB and GIFT programs, UHS also offers a JROTC program and hosts a number of clubs and activities ranging from the Asian Club to the UHS Chapter of the National Honor Society.
  • International Baccalaureate: The UHS Chapter of the IB Program is designed to provide students with a rigorous education in many fields. The program is highly demanding and generally only the most dedicated students finish with an IB Diploma.
  • Requirements for acceptance include an essay, interview, 3.5 GPA from 7th and 8th grade, test scores, and teacher recommendations.
  • Many IB students have expressed complaints that French is not offered as a language and they are only limited to Spanish or Latin.
  • Global Information and Future Technologies: The G.I.F.T. program offers students a more concentrated education in fields pertaining to technology such as engineering, computer science, and simulation. It also gives students access to hands on courses dealing with programming, robotics, and other computer oriented fields.Students applying are required to have a 3.0 GPA from 7th and 8th grade and teacher recommendations. Recently, the name of the program has become known as Global Technologies or just GT.
  • Football: UHS has had limited success with its football program. In 2002, John Flath was chosen as the new head coach. The 2002-2003 season resulted in a poor 2-8 record. However, the football program experienced a complete turnaround in the 2003-2004 season with a school record of 8 wins and 2 losses during the regular season. Although failing to defeat Boone High School for the District Championship, UHS still moved on to the playoffs. They lost their first game to Edgewater High School. Since then Flath has continued as head coach but has yet to achieve the success experienced in the 03-04 season.
  • Performing Arts: With University High School Band, Choir and Drama departments, the Performing arts at University are a major part of the school.
  • Band: The University High School Cougar Band & Guard have a reputation of being one of the best band programs in the state. The Top Bands (Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1) have a history of receiving straight superior ratings at the District and State level MPA(Music Performance Assessment). It is also known for it's marching band program.
  • Clubs & Organizations: At the beginning of the year the school holds the Club Rush. A day where clubs and organizations advertise themselves to prospective members in the courtyard. Clubs and organizations at UHS include: ACLU, Art Club, Asian Club, Band, Best Buddies, Beta Club, Business Professionals of America, Chess Club, Chorus, Club Hispano, Colorguard/Winterguard, Debate, Diamond Girls (baseball), Drama, Drama Club, Ecology Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA, French Club, French Honor Society, Freshman Class Cabinet, Future Educators of America, German Club, GSA, Junior Class Cabinet, Key Club, Latin Club, Literary Magazine/Quill and Scroll, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Robotics, SADD, SAFE Ambassadors/Non-violence, Science Club, Science National Honor Society, Senior Class Cabinet, Sophomore Class Cabinet, Spanish Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government Association, The Torch (newspaper), Thespians, TV Production, Umoja, Unity Yearbook, Youth Alive.
  • 2006 October Murder: On October 19, 2006, a 15-year-old male student, Michael Nieves, was stabbed at about 2:35pm while walking to his school bus to go home. He was known to be stabbed with a three-inch serrated blade. The victim was said to be stabbed in the neck and the abdomen. After the stabbing, the 17-year-old Kelvin De La Cruz, then changed clothing and hid out in a classroom on the second floor, and was apprehended by a school resource officer. The 17-year-old, who was pointed out by witnesses, was arrested around 3:00pm the same day. This is the second death that has occured on Orange County Public School grounds. The last murder was also at University High School and a memorial is located in the parking lot.
  • Campus Cliques: During both A and B lunches students associate to different trees that are located in the main courtyard. Noteworthy hangouts include The Cage, The Wall (in front of the main doors of the cafeteria), the Prep Tree (located to the right of the bell tower), the Emo Tree, the IB Tree, and the Asian Tree (located in front of the main office). There are also quaint areas dispersed throughout the campus where students dine on picnic tables. The stairs located near the PAC are known as the 'Performing arts steps'.
  • University's original rival is Colonial High School. A traditional football game is played each year in which both schools compete for "the boot".
  • Timber Creek High School is also considered a rival school ever since it was built as a relief school for UHS.
  • University High School is noted for having an abundant population of squirrels around campus.
  • The high school was once featured on MTV's True Life: I'm Going to the Prom.
  • The mascot's name is Casey the Cougar.
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Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is East Orlando Education Center (0.5 miles away).
The nearest middle school is University Behavioral Center (1.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Riverdale Elementary School (0.5 miles away)
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    Orlando , FL , 32826
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