Not only did the community have an improved building in 1946, but it had a new football field. Fred Wolfe, who built an impressive Spanish style home himself that still stands on the northeast corner of Fifth & Seminole Streets, donated the use heavy equipment, fuel and manpower to clear, grade and level the ground for the field southeast of the campus. The work took four and a half days. The American Legion raised funds for the lighting of the field. a 50-piece high school band was formed in 1952. This was the first music of this type since the 1930s when there had been an orchestra.
During 1954-55 land was purchased on the east side of East Avenue. Here the modern style Clermont High School plan was begun. It was finished in 1955. It had ten rooms and additions were made in 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1960. The new high school athletic field and bleachers were built in 1959, and in 1962 a gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, and band room were added.
When the new high school was completed, all the buildings on Second Street were used for the elementary grades which included kindergarten. All the rooms were carpeted, air-conditioned and had ceiling paddle fans-a long way from former days when there were no screens on windows. In those days about every tenth child had "pink eye"-spread by the gnats. Eileen Murphy, teacher and librarian told of each child having to stand before a fan at the door to have the gnats blown off after recess. "It was hard to teach a class of waving hands." she said. She also went on to state "It was hard also for teachers to hold a book with one hand and brush gnats off with the other. Closed classrooms and air-conditioning are a big improvement."
Integration began to a limited degree a few years before full integration was completed in 1969-70. At that time the formerly black Lincoln Park High School built in the same modern style in 1960 became Clermont Junior High.
In 1993 the new South Lake High School was built and students from both Clermont and Groveland were bused there while both old high schools were turned into middle schools. The again in 2003, East Ridge High School was built, again separating Clermont and Groveland students.
(Scanned images & info. courtesy of "Clermont Gem of the Hills, A History of Clermont, Florida and Neighboring Communities, Miriam W. Johnson & Rosemary Y. Young" & "Images of America Clermont, Doris Bloodsworth".)