Jenkins High School

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Jenkins High School
Herschel Vespasian Jenkins High School
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1800 East Derenne Avenue


Coordinates32°01′21″N 81°04′58″W / 32.022389°N 81.082877°W / 32.022389; -81.082877Coordinates: 32°01′21″N 81°04′58″W / 32.022389°N 81.082877°W / 32.022389; -81.082877
School boardSavannah-Chatham County School Board
School districtSavannah-Chatham County Public Schools
PrincipalHeather Handy
Campus size1,048 (2016-17)[1]
School color(s)Red and silver
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools
Georgia Accrediting Commission
YearbookThe Sequoyah

Herschel V. Jenkins High School is a public high school located in Savannah, Georgia, United States. A part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia Accrediting Commission.


Student enrollment is nearly 1,900 in grades 9-12, from the school's neighborhood attendance district, as well as from elsewhere in Chatham County through the Honors Academy for Academic Excellence.

Jenkins operates on a block schedule in which students take four courses over one semester, and four other courses over the next semester.

Senior students are eligible for the Joint Enrollment Program which partners with Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah Technical College, and Savannah State University. Joint Enrollment students take college core courses with free tuition. In addition, Jenkins offers AP courses, honors/advanced courses, and Project Lead the Way courses. PLTW was a program designed to instill technological learning into schools. The program was briefly interrupted during the 2006-07 school year, but was reinstated and continues to serve as the engineering-related school of the Savannah-Chatham County School System.

Honors Academy for Academic Excellence and Engineering Academy[edit]

The primary focus of this program is to provide higher-level courses to advanced students. Any student in Chatham County who meets program criteria is eligible to enroll at Jenkins. Approximately 300 students are enrolled.


The school is named for the late local philanthropist Herschel Vespasian Jenkins. The building was a "Florida-style" school. Typically, these schools were characterized by a low-ceiling building with outdoor corridors. A classroom was equipped with long glass windows the length of the room, two outlets, and fluorescent lighting. What the building lacked, in such a hot climate, was air conditioning.

In the early 1990s the school was expanded with several new buildings, including a new social studies building, expanded science building, a new technology building, and a new gymnasium. The old gym was then renovated into an auditorium. The existing buildings were enclosed, insulated, and air-conditioned. New windows and electrical systems were installed. A gabled roof was added, new laminated flooring was laid, walls were painted, and new suspended ceilings were hung. The renovation was complete by the 1992-93 school year.

Jenkins was named a Blue Ribbon School in 1997 and a School of Excellence in 1998.

The principal of Jenkins High School as of August 2013 is Heather Handy.

Student activities[edit]

Academic competitions[edit]

  • Academic Decathlon
  • Academic Quiz Bowl
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Robotics Team
  • Science Olympiad


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf *
  • Sailing *
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Clubs and organizations[edit]

  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Class Clowns Improv Troupe
  • Concert Band
  • Crimson Symphonic Sound Machine Marching Band
  • Drama Club
  • Dungeons And Dragons Club
  • French Club
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • J.G.G. Career Association
  • Kappa League
  • Key Club International
  • Marine Science Club *
  • Model United Nations
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Navy ROTC
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Parent Teacher Student Association
  • Peer Helpers *
  • Rifle *
  • School Council
  • Senior/Junior Class Officers
  • Sequoyah Staff
  • Support Our Scholars Booster Club
  • Student Leadership Program
  • Technology Student Association
  • Vocational Opportunities Club *
  • Warriors for Christ

* Inactive group.


  1. ^ "Jenkins High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 14, 2019.

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