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Jones High School Celebrates 125 Years As Orlando's Oldest Black High School

photo via Jones High School Tiwtter
photo via Jones High School Tiwtter

Jones High School in Orlando is celebrating 125 years as the oldest African American High school in Orange County. 

90.7’s Talia Blake sat down with Walter Hawkins of the Jones High School Historical Society, who graduated from the school in 1971. He starts the conversation with the school’s history, which he said was originally founded in 1895 as an elementary school.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.