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Paxon History

Paxon High School was originally named Paxon Field Junior-Senior High School when it was built in 1954. It included 7th through 12 grades until 1957, when Paxon Junior High was built nearby. Paxon became a college preparatory school and an International Baccalaureate school in 1996 and is now one of the top high schools in the nation.

According to the College Board's Advanced Placement Report to the Nation, Paxon High School has one of the strongest math and science Advanced Placement programs in the State of Florida. Because of this outstanding accomplishment, Paxon is one of a select group of Florida schools invited to apply for for the Siemens Advanced Placement High School Award. Only about 10-15 schools per state have been invited to apply.

The site where the school was built was Paxon Air Field, where Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was killed in a plane accident in 1926. Coleman was the first African American (male or female) to become an airplane pilot, and the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license.  Paxon Field was probably Jacksonville's first airfield, with the exception of the beaches. The Navy used the (grass) airfield for training during World War II, but eventually declared the site excess in January 1947.