Historic Turkey Creek High School
Constructed in 1927 to serve as high school, today the building houses Turkey Creek Middle School, yet still serves largely Plant City residents. The high school was organized in 1873 and had its first home, a log cabin, was located on Turkey Creek Road near Trapnell Road. The school and Plant City are well known for their work in agriculture. The school was one of many known as the "Strawberry Schools" that operated during the winter strawberry harvest and closed down for 3 months for picking strawberries. Students in the FFA program still works with the strawberry fields today.
Backstory and Context
Although the closing of the schools to allow students to pick strawberries ended in 1956, something that had been criticized by local journalist, Jock Murray of the Tampa Tribune, the school's FFA program is still very active with the strawberry work and the school to this day closes for Plant City's Strawberry Festival that takes place in the late winter.
The two-story building has been closed for over 20 years but still stands and efforts are underway to both restore it and use it as either a school once again or as a library.