The administration building, or front office, was completed in 1986. This replaced the building that used to sit near the present-day art building and cafeteria. During its construction, the cornerstone of the original 1915 Auburndale school (destroyed in the tornado of May 1979) was placed in the wall near its front doors. This building houses principals, deans, guidance counselors, secretaries, and conference rooms. The south hallway in the building was originally wider, but this area was closed in to make another office in the 1990s. A covered awning was added to the front of the building in 2012.
Construction of the back of the front office, August 1986.
This was taken from the grassy field between the office and the "T" in front of the gym.
Construction of the front office, October 1986.
To the left of the photo is the front entrance to the building.
The Junior Executive Board of 1986-1987 poses in front of the almost-finished building.
It is clear that sod hasn't been installed yet.
The main office shortly after its completion, 1987
Front office interior, 1989.
The wider hallway can be seen on the right, which opened to a conference room.
The swim team of 1989, taken from near the present day parent pickup loop
The front office, 1991.
Note the yellow ribbons tied around the front posts during the Gulf War.
The “North Campus” building was finished in the spring of 1973 and opened in the fall of that year as Auburndale Junior High School. It was built to house 1000 students in grades 8 and 9, as the old Junior High School nearby was over capacity. It would continue as a separate school until it was absorbed by the AHS campus in 1989, bringing freshmen into AHS. The original building as it was laid out contained a courtyard in the center behind the media center, an auditorium with second story in the back, cafeteria with kitchen, industrial arts and home economics aras, science labs, and PE locker rooms. Prior to it becoming part of AHS, the closet for the first science lab (N1) was torn out to create an extension for a new Industrial Arts suite in 1985.
The building is named the C.L. Smiley building for Cliff Smiley, longtime principal of AJHS. The Auburndale Star did a writeup on the new building on May 30, 1973: “The new building is modern in every detail. It is completely air conditioned, is carpeted throughout and has indirect lighting. The public address system is throughout the facility and the acoustics are reported to be excellent…. The very latest facilities for teaching are incorporated including a teaching auditorium with a stage equipped with rolling panels. It will seat 404 students but the walls can be rolled away to accommodate many more if the need arises….The library is large and also very modern. The building will have four complete science labs. It also has an excellent band facility. Administration offices are spacious and well appointed. Lockers have already been installed in the hallways for the convenience of the students.” It was a model attempt by a school in Polk County to house an entire campus within one building.
In 1998, the culinary arts area was revamped. The cafeteria was removed and converted into classes, but its kitchen remained for AHS’ culinary arts program. This was followed by the old locker rooms (replaced with classrooms N46-N52) and courtyard area (replaced with computer labs N16-N18) in 2004. The auditorium and band room were next to go, being replaced with more rooms (N58-N62) in 2007. When the building became part of the high school, its front office served as the attendance office for AHS. In 2010, its office and media center were torn out, replaced with a new, state-of-the-art media center, college and career center, and computer labs. The Lil’ Hounds classroom was renovated during that year as well, with a fenced-in play area added behind the building. The front of the building, formerly home to a few sets of doors and lots of brick, was replaced with a wall of windows to the media center during the construction.
Steel framework goes up, April 1972
The framework is progressing, July 1972
The parking lot side of the building, September 1972
Back of the building during construction, January 1973
The completed parking lot side of the building in May 1973.
The old garage door, which has since been filled in, is visible at left
Construction of the auditorium (removed in 2007), January 1973
AJHS students in room N1, 1973
Snow! The front of AJHS, January 1977
Snow on campus, taken from the present OJT parking lot, January 1977
One of the entrances to the old media center, 1978
Media center circulation desk, 1978
The front of AJHS after tornado damage, May 1979
AJHS front office, 1981
AJHS student council in front of one of the mosaics, 1981
A staff member 'directs traffic' in front of the building, 1981.
Note the bus loop where the present day AHS auditorium is located.
The AJHS band in the old band room, 1981
The 1981 AJHS FFA
The old open area behind the original media center, 1981
The 1982 AJHS yearbook staff in the back of the auditorium
Students in the old auditorium, 1982
Students in one of the science labs, 1983
The AHS chorus performs in the AJHS auditorium, 1983
Students in the AJHS cafeteria (now a classroom), 1983
A group of students behind the building, 1983. Present day Lil' Hounds would be at left.
The 1984 FHA in the original AJHS library
The AJHS wrestling team poses in front of the original signage on the building, 1987
Students in front of the updated signage, 1995
The Auburndale Chamber of Commerce meets in the North Campus cafeteria, 1991
A student makes a call on the pay phone near the front doors to the building, 1992
Students in the old North Campus auditorium, 1996
Students in front of the parking lot that used to exist in front of the building, 1996
A row of lockers in a hallway before major construction, taken in 2010
AJHS hallway shortly after construction, 1973 - Media Center at left
The front of the building before major construction, taken in 2008
The Auburndale High School gymnasium was named for the former Bloodhound basketball standout and NBA Hall of Famer, Tracy McGrady, in January 2004. Built in 1966, it allowed for indoor sports to be played on campus, as prior to that the high school had to use the gym of the nearby junior high school. It originally had an open front with a drive through underpass attached. In 2010, the classrooms in the front area of the gym were shuttered to create a large lobby, concession stand, and trophy display area.
Aside from paint color, the interior of the gym itself has changed very little in fifty years. It is inside these four walls where students have been pointing to Lake Ariana as they sing the alma mater, proudly displayed on the east wall since the early 1970s. The year 1987 saw work on the back northeast corner of the gym, with a 5300 square foot addition placed housing a wrestling room, weightroom, offices, and storage.
Situated between the Ag building and the gym is a PE locker room suite, which was built out around the foundation of the original Ag building (built in 1966) in 2001. The original brickwork can be seen on interior walls inside the locker rooms.
The Dunson-Winsett PE Building was completed in 2003, named for former AHS PE teachers Mary Dunson (40 years teaching) and Betty Lou Winsett (33 years teaching). It includes girls’ locker rooms and a dance classroom.
Construction of the gym begins, 1966
Alternate view of gym construction, 1966
Completed gym, fall 1968
Larger exterior of gym, 1968
Basketball being played in the gym's first season of use, winter 1966
Students pose in front of the gym doors, 1969
Looking towards the present day courtyard in front of the gym, 1970
The AHS band in the gym, 1972
Football players in the gym for a pep rally, fall 1974
Basketball in the gym, winter 1974
Visitors' side of the football field, 1974
Note the north corner of the gym, prior to the extension built on in the 80s
AHS cheerleaders pose on the track, spring 1976
A pep rally packs the gym, 1981. Note the old light blue walls.
The road that used to pass by the gym, 1981
The still-present alma mater and Bloodhound signs on the gym wall, 1983
A pep rally in the gym, 1983
Gym interior, 1991
The sign which used to adorn the side of the gym, 1999
A pep rally in the gym, 1999
The chorus performs in front of the longtime alma mater sign, 1980
Bruce Canova Stadium, formerly known as the Auburndale Citrus Bowl, opened for the fall 1962 football season. Prior to this Connie Mack Field on Highway 92 was used. The Student Council scrapbook for 1977 featured an article discussing proposed changes to the stadium which would have included another set of permanent seating on the visitors’ side, including restrooms. This never came to pass. The stadium was named for Bruce Canova, a former Auburndale city manager, in November 1982. The stadium has seen relatively little work in its 50+ years of existence, with the addition of a freestanding concession stand in 2010. The playing field was renamed for former longtime head football coach Joe Parrish on May 17, 2019.
The Auburndale Citrus Bowl, as it was originally known. Early 1960s
Dedication of the bloodhound mascot, 1962.
L to R: Coach Tom Terry, City Manager Bruce Canova, Officer Hobbs, Mayor Fred Jones
Auburndale Stadium shortly after its opening, 1964
The stadium has seen dozens of rivalry games between the Bloodhounds and Winter Haven Blue Devils,
such as the one that followed this picture taken in 1988
Prior to the stadium's construction, clubs and teams took pictures all around campus.
This picture, taken in 1965, shows the FBLA of AHS proudly standing before the back of the stadium
The stadium is renamed for City Manager Bruce Canova, November 1982.
(L to R: Marie Canova, Bruce Canova, AHS Principal Bill Boykin)
Bruce Canova Stadium shortly after its dedication, 1982
A student-athlete runs on the stadium track, 1983
The FFA of 1965 stands inside one of the stadium's gateway entrances
Inside the stadium 1988
Students on the track, 1991
A homecoming float in the parking lot, 1991
Dedication of the playing field to former AHS coach Joe Parrish; May 17, 2019