PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR: Dr. Donny Peek
Fax: (813) 757-9451
Student Hours: 9:20 AM to 4:20 PM
Uniforms: No Uniforms
Before School Program: Yes
After School Program: Only on Monday's
Celebrating Our Diversity
At Turkey Creek Middle, we celebrate how our differences make us strong and special. Connecting with Plant City's agriculture industry, our school has a 20-acre Land Lab that includes cattle, a greenhouse, and working farms and gardens. Our Scholar Quest options include high school credit courses to challenge students, and our "Teach like an Astronaut" lessons from NASA are perfect for students who love science and technology. We embrace our migrant students and English Language Learners with extra supports. We empower students with disabilities in Physical Education and Agriculture classes through our Blended Peer Buddy program. Our Electives engage students in a range of exciting courses, including Culinary Arts, Computer Science, Robotics and AVID College Readiness. Our Sixth Grade Structure helps students feel at home in their new learning environment while classmates connect through our many sports teams and clubs. Turkey Creek Middle, serving the diverse needs of every student.
The first Turkey Creek School, a log cabin located near the corner of Turkey Creek and Trapnell Roads, opened in 1863. It remained at this site for 47 years. In 1903, Turkey Creek consolidated with the Bledsoe School and the Pleasant Grove School to form a new school which was located southwest of the intersection of Highway 60 and Turkey Creek Road.
The first graduating class of Turkey Creek High School received diplomas in February 1908. After 1909, the school gradually phased in a junior high program. In 1920, the school was moved to its present site on Turkey Creek Road, just north of Highway 60. High school courses were offered again in 1928 when the senior high was built. The "U-shaped building" was constructed in 1938 and became the new senior high building.
By 1960, Turkey Creek Junior-Senior High School had a population consisting of 850 students and 34 teachers. It was considered the largest rural high school in the state. Operating as a "strawberry school" until 1956, Turkey Creek School was not in session during the 3-month winter strawberry picking season. In the 1960s, the south wing of the 300 building, the shop, bandroom and physical education facilities were added. When the new Plant City High School was formed in 1972, Turkey Creek became a junior high school.
A major fire on October 16, 1973 destroyed the library, several classrooms, and part of the school's offices. This resulted in the construction of the new adminstration/library building and the building for students with disabilities. A cafeteria, gym, and Science building wing were added in the early 1980s. In August of 1995, Turkey Creek Junior High became Turkey Creek Middle School.
Turkey Creek Middle School underwent an $11 million dollar renovation project during 1997-1998 to accommodate one of the largest middle school populations in the Hillsborough County School district at that time.