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Orlando Junior College

Orlando Junior College, a two year, independent, coeducational institution of higher learning was chartered under the Laws of Florida in the spring of 1941. Read more about the college’s history and organization.

As outlined in the Lake Highland Preparatory School History, in 1969 Orlando Junior College voted to convert the college campus into a college preparatory school and name it Lake Highland Preparatory School.

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Joseph S. Guernsey
Orlando Evening Sentinel, October 31, 1949 article on the leadership qualities of Joseph S. Guernsey. Joseph S. Guernsey is the grandson of Orlando's...
Lake Highland Preparatory School
Joseph S. Guernsey, Board Chairman, reports the success of the trustees campaign to raise funds for Lake Highland Preparatory School. The school took...
Orlando Junior College
Orlando Junior College brochure featuring a photo of the college from North Highland Avenue, the same building which is used today by...
Orlando Junior College
Orlando Junior College, a two year, independent, coeducational institution of higher learning was chartered under the Laws of Florida in the spring...
Orlando Junior College
The history and organization of  Orlando Junior College  located at 901 North Highland Avenue in Orlando. Brochure excerpt: For more than a...
Orlando Junior College
Orlando Junior College   A Statement of Principles, page 1 above and page 2. Orlando Junior College, a two year, independent, coeducational ...
Orlando Junior College
Orlando Junior College A Statement of Principles, page 1 and page 2 above. Orlando Junior College, a two year, independent, coeducational institution of...
On Campus with Joesph S. Guernsey, 2012

Joseph S. Guernsey's friendship with Carl Langford started in the second grade at Marks Street School when a bully picked on him and Carl came to his rescue. Mr. Guernsey recalls that Carl Langford, who would later become Mayor Carl Langford, "was a wonderful person, a fellow with a bright mind who was a lot of fun. A fellow who was helpful to me all during my life."

Joseph S. Guernsey, who served as Board Chairman of College of Orlando, would later start Lake Highland Preparatory School at the corner of Marks St.  and Highland Avenue, just a few blocks from where he attended grade school. We asked him about how Lake Highland Preparatory School began which he discusses in this audio excerpt  from an oral history interview on May 21, 2012.

Mr. Guernsey  presently serves on the Board of Trustees for Lake Highland Preparatory School. Regarding the school, Mr. Guernsey says, "I enjoy being there with the wonderful president we have at the school, Warren Hudson; and the wonderful faculty and staff and, of course, the students are incomparable. They're so fine and so bright, so many of them. It helps keep me reasonably young in spirit."

Joseph S. Guernsey is the grandson of Orlando's banking pioneer Joseph L. Guernsey who came here in 1886, purchased considerable property from the city centre to Colonial Drive, as well as residences on Lake Eola and Lake Ivanhoe. Joseph L. Guernsey's son, Joseph W. Guernsey, would continue in the family banking business, Guernsey & Warfield, and real estate enterprises. After serving his country as a pilot in WWII and flying as an airline pilot for Pan American, Joseph S. Guernsey returned to Orlando to enter the real estate business. He founded the Florida Mortgage Service, Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association, served as leader of the realty firm, Guernsey, Green and Slemons, and founded Lake Highland Preparatory School in addition to serving in numerous leadership positions in church and civic life.




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Comments to “Orlando Junior College”

  1. Lonnie Myers says:

    I graduated from OJC in 1967. It was an excellent college with a great reputation. It was a private jr. college and very expensive as a j.c. Unfortunately, FTU started in Orlando along with Valencia, and that was the demise of a great local institution. When I enrolled at USF, a professor there told me OJC students were always well-prepared and successful at universities. The campus was beautiful and so was my experience there.

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