Moore Mickens Education Center is a school within the District School Board of Pasco County, Florida. We are located at the following address:
38301 Martin Luther King Boulevard • Dade City, FL 33525
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Phone number 352-524-9000, 727-524-9000, 813-524-9000
Fax number 352-524-9091
Our main office hours of operation during the regular school year are
Monday – Friday 7:15-4:30
Summer hours of operation start June 18th
Guidance Office hours are in addition to the above as follows
Monday and Wednesdays 4:30-7:30
History of Moore-Mickens Educational Center
In the early days of Dade City, education was limited for blacks. At the turn of the century, if black children attended school at all, it was in classes at local churches.
There weren’t any permanent schools for blacks in Pasco County. If you were black, the best you could expect was six months of school.
But in the 1900′s, the local barber, Arthmus Roberts, initiated the idea of a permanent school for blacks. Roberts, a black man, could hardly read and write, but he realized the importance of education and raised the money to start the first school for blacks.
Roberts brought Prof. J.D. Moore to Dade City to teach at the school. Shortly after, Prof. O.K. Mickens came to Dade City from Marion County and began teaching as well. He later became principal and named the school Moore Academy, after Prof. Moore.
In 1939, Moore donated his property to the county for construction of a new school for blacks. The school was built on Whitehouse which is now Whitehouse Ave. and the name Moore Academy was retained.
When Mickens began teaching in the original school, classes were only offered through the eighth grade. Those who wanted to continue to high school had to travel at their own expense to Tampa. Mickens was able to extend classes through twelfth grade, by adding a grade each year beginning in 1937, until the first class graduated from Moore Academy in 1940.
By the 1950′s, Moore Academy was too small for the student body. A new school was built in 1952 to house Moore Elementary School, which still stands as part of the Moore-Mickens complex.
High school students remained at Moore Academy until 1956, when Mickens High School was built next to the new elementary school.
The board appointed Mr. Hiram J. Goodwin as principal of the elementary school, and named Mr. Mickens as principal of the High School. Mr. Goodwin served until he became ill and passed away. After the passing of Mr. Goodwin, Mrs. Arrewintha Campbell, who was a teacher at Moore Elementary, served as interim principal until the fall of 1968. Then Mrs. Martha Lewis was appointed principal and served from 1968 through June, 1970.
Mr. Mickens served in the Pasco County School System from 1933-1973. Mr. Melvin Dennard became principal in 1973 and remained principal until June of 1981.
From 1981-1986 Moore-Mickens was a middle school. During that time the school had the following people serve as principal: Dr. Robert Dellinger, Mr. George Avadikian and Mr. Charles Rine.
In 1987, Moore-Mickens became an Adult Education Center. Mrs. Greta Adams served as principal, adding new programs and changing the school name to Moore-Mickens Education Center. She incorporated the new programs with the Adult Education programs. In 1995, Mrs. Adams retired. Since 1995, principals have been Mr. Steve Cox, Mr. Rick Saylor and the current principal, Mr. Jackson Johnson.
School Colors: Blue and Gold