Crestview High remains county's biggest school

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From left, Michael Lewis, Steven Hulick, M-Kyla Blakney and Casey Cassidy, shown during Bulldog Camp, are among Crestview High School's record 641-student freshman class.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 02:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North county school populations have surpassed 2012's enrollment by more than 200 students, school officials say.

With 2,024 students as of Aug. 30, Crestview High School remains the county's biggest school. The school's population has increased by nearly 100 students.

"Our numbers are way up," Principal Bob Jones said on opening day. "We registered 2,050. Niceville (High School) was 1,980."

School officials credited most of the increase to having the largest freshman class in the school's history — 641 students as of Friday. Last year's freshman class was 400 students.

As of Friday, Niceville High School had 1,968 students. Fort Walton Beach and Choctawhatchee high schools had 1,769 and 1,618 students, respectively.

Riverside's 936 students have made it the county's largest elementary school. The school had to deny some waiver requests, Principal Tammy Matz said.

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