Quick FactsMascot - CougarColors - Royal Blue & WhiteEnrollment - 1439 (as of 10/21/2020)Ethnic Diversity - 73% African-American, 12% Caucasian, 10% Hispanic, 1% Other/MixedGender Breakdown - 51% Female, 49% MaleGrade Level Breakdown - 389 9th, 395 10th, 340 11th, 312 12th
It is our mission to produce graduates who have the academic and technological skills necessary to think analytically and communicate clearly so they can be productive members of our global community.
Our StoryAmos P. Godby High School opened in 1966 as Amos P. Godby Junior High School with grades 7 & 8. The school shared its campus with the newly created Tallahassee Junior College (present-day TCC). Due to the small number of African American student population, court-ordered desegregation was implemented during the following year. The school colors, of royal blue and white, along with the school mascot, a Cougar, were chosen during the opening year. In 1968, now having grades 9-11, the name was changed to Amos P. Godby Junior-Senior High School. The first graduating class was in 1970.There have been many changes since that opening year.
In the '70s the school added a gym, an administration building. sports fields and a student parking lot. In the 90's more buildings were added: two classroom wings, an auditorium, a media center and a building for the AFJROTC program. In addition, new land was added to the campus: three athletic fields including a softball field across Ocala Road and an exit road to High Road.
From 1996-2006 the school used the 4x4 block scheduling format allowing students to take more electives and time to recover missing credits. The school was wired for internet connectivity in the 1990s and then added wireless in the early 2000s.Today, technology is the name of the game. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard or touch panel, mounted digital projector and sound enhancement system. Teachers also have access to document cameras and learner response systems like ActivExpressions. There are 13 computer labs, 22 laptop carts, and 13 iPad carts. Specialized technology education is available through our three academies; Information Technology, Engineering, and Aviation.We also have two other magnet programs; Nursing and Welding.
Our NamesakeAmos Parker Godby was born on April 19, 1903, in Kentucky. Mr. Godby played football at Mercer University. He came to Florida in 1930 and began his teaching/coaching career in Carrabelle. He later moved on to teach and coach numerous sports at Leon High School. As head football coach from 1935-1944, his teams won five championships and went undefeated in 1940.
Mr. Godby became Superintendent of Leon County Schools on January 5, 1945. Highlights of his twenty-year leadership include a $5 million bond issue; the raising of Leon County taxpayers' house assessments to appropriate more money for schools; the accreditation of all Leon County public schools; the construction of Augusta Raa and Elizabeth Cobb Junior Highs and James Rickards Jr.-Sr. High; the transition from the one-room schoolhouse into a consolidated school with more qualified personnel. Mr. Godby always expected full value for every dollar spent.Mr. Godby was consumed with one great concern: that the children of Florida have an opportunity to receive a decent public education. In his thirty-five years of service to the Florida educational system, he served as a teacher, coach, Chairman of Legislative committees, County Superintendent, and President and Secretary of the Florida Superintendents Association. He traveled to all parts of the state, working with school personnel and citizens in an effort to improve education. Through his efforts many new ideas and programs were developed: e.g., driver's education classes, summer school programs, the use of educational television.In 1988, the governor of Kentucky, Wallace Wilkinson, appointed Mr. Godby a Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth.
Amos P. Godby died on October 6, 1992, in Tallahassee, Florida, and was buried in Somerset, Kentucky.
He helped to bring quality and excellence to education in Florida, and we are truly proud to have our school named after such an exemplary man.