Lake Park Baptist School was established in September of 1968 as an outreach ministry of the First Baptist Church of Lake Park. It expanded from a pre-school to include all elementary grade levels within a few years.
A kindergarten class was started during the 1968-1969 school year, with Mrs. Voni Mauney serving as director and teacher. The school operated successfully with an enrollment of thirty-six students. In April of 1970, the Church Conference voted that the First Baptist Church of Lake Park enter a Christian elementary school program coupled with the existing kindergarten program. Mrs. Mauney served as principal and Rev. James Leonard served as pastor/administrator. The lunch program was first offered in the fall of 1971.
Mr. Gary Wakefield became principal February 1, 1973, following the resignation of Mrs. Mauney. He remained in the position for ten months. Mrs. Margaret Spencer took over as principal following Mr. Wakefield’s resignation and remained through November of 1974. A seventh grade was added during Mrs. Spencer’s term as principal. Although the year was successful, the School Committee decided against continuing the seventh grade for the following school year due to limited space and facilities.
Following Mrs. Spencer’s resignation, the School Committee and church body voted to call Mrs. Gene “Exie” Henson as interim principal. After a few months, the committee and church requested that she continue permanently. Mrs. Henson remained in the position until June of 1977. At that time the school had an enrollment of 217 students and employed 18 full-time teachers and one part- time music teacher.
Accreditation by the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) was granted during the fall of the 1977-1978 school year, following the beginning of Mrs. Carol Hyatt’s tenure as principal. Throughout Mrs. Hyatt’s tenure, the school has continued to grow. In April of 1986, ground was broken for a new office and educational addition on the west side of the campus. This facility was made possible through the generous gift by a friend of the school and church in order to establish a middle school program at Lake Park Baptist School.