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Gainesville City School System has a rich history and deep tradition which began in 1892 when Gainesville High School was founded. Gainesville City Schools is known for its success in academics, athletics, the arts and its strong relationship with the community.


We exist as ONE Gainesville

to inspire, nurture, challenge and prepare our diverse youth.


Gainesville City Schools has a rich history of academic and athletic excellence. Gainesville officially adopted the Red Elephant as its mascot in 1935, years after the football team was first referred to as looking like “a herd of Red Elephants” by an announcer in 1920. We are the only school in the country with the Red Elephant as its mascot.