Cedar Hills Baptist Christian School was established in 1972 by a church leadership that saw a need to establish an environment for Christ-centered education. Rev. Jim Young was the pastor that encouraged the church body in the funding of a school dedicated to academic excellence and grounded in Christian principles. Mr. Tom McGriff, school board chairman, was an enthusiastic leader who worked to establish a strong organizational foundation for the school to build on. The school opened in August of 1972 with Mr. Dale Young serving as its first principal. The school opened with 250 students in preschool through 7th grade. Mr. John Ferris became the principal in 1973, followed by Mr. Wayne McClain in 1975. Mrs. Sue Andrews served as interim principal from April through June of 1977, when Mr. Gary Brookshire was hired as principal. He continued to serve the school until 1997. Mrs. Judy Pugh took over initially as interim, and then as principal in 1997.
In the ensuing years, enrollment remained strong with excellent
academic training pivotal to the success of the school. These
years saw a deepening of spiritual commitment as students, staff,
parents, and church members established a bond built upon an
atmosphere of love and care such as characterized the life of
From its inception the school was a member of the Florida
Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) adding
membership to the Florida Association of Southern Baptist Schools
and the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools in
the 80's. The school is currently a member of FACCS and the Association
of Christian Colleges and Schools.
Expansion marked the first part of the 90's. An 8th grade was
begun in 1976, only to be discontinued in 1978. It was added
again in 1992 and continues to the present. That same year, the
school opened a 12 month Extended Day Care Program to provide
assistance to working families. In 1989, a Pre-K3 program was
introduced to the preschool department. In 1992 the school began
a development office. During this same year, major improvements
were made to the playground area, thanks to supportive families.
The sports program took a leap of faith in 1993, moving from
class intramurals to join the Independent Middle School Conference.
The Students Overcoming Learning Difficulties (S.O.L.D.) class
was started in 1993 and that same year, a parent group, Parents
Involved in Education (P.I.E.) was organized. To keep up with
rapidly changing technology, a computer lab was added to the
school curriculum in 1994. To enhance the teaching of Christian
principles and keeping the excellent academic training foremost,
the ABEKA curriculum was fully integrated throughout the school
during 1994 as well.
Mrs. Pugh served the school faithfully until August of 2017, when she went home to be with the Lord. Pastor Jerry Rowell assumed the position in the interim, and Mr. John Marshman was hired to lead the school heading into its 47th year.
The vision of our school includes the building of strong relationships
with the family, church and community based upon God's Word,
His love and compassion. We have been rewarded with outstanding
support in this area, continuing the accomplishments of those
who saw the positive impact C.H.B.C.S. would have on young lives,
and dedicating ourselves to achieving that end as well.
Our commitment as a school is to hold the ideals upon which it
was established and to accept the challenge of providing a strong
Christian academic education which will positively impact our
community, the nation: even the world for Jesus Christ.