About Us


From Eglin Air Force Base (North of Shalimar).

  1. Take FL-85 South (Eglin Parkway) to the first traffic light in Shalimar (Richbourg Ave, Fairfield Inn on Right).

  2. Turn right onto Richbourg Ave.

  3. Meigs Middle School is .2 miles on the left.

From Fort Walton Beach, Ocean City, Wright, Hurlburt

  1. Take FL-85 North (Eglin Parkway NE) over the Shalimar Bridge.

  2. Travel approximately 1.2 miles to Richbourg Ave (Fairfield Inn on left).

  3. Turn left onto Richbourg Ave.

  4. Meigs Middle School is .2 miles on the left.

Background and History of Clifford Meigs Middle School

Meigs Middle School is named for Mr. Clifford Meigs, whose name is also synonymous with the town of Shalimar.  Mr. Meigs, who once owned most of the land that is now Shalimar, constructed the first 160 homes built there and rented them to Eglin Air Force Base personnel in 1937.  The town was then known as “Port Dixie.”

By the mid-40’s, Mr. Meigs teamed with a well-known business owner, Roger Clary, who suggested Shalimar be incorporated. Mr. Meigs agreed and hence, the town of “Shalimar” was born.  Clifford Meigs served as the town Mayor from the time of its incorporation in 1947 until his death in 1960.  His brother Clyde was the mayor for a short time after his death, followed by Clifford’s widow Sara.  She later married Jim Tras, who became the first “elected” Mayor in 1965.

Meigs Middle School was the first educational institution built in Shalimar.  The school originally housed students from Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Wright, Ocean City, Destin and of course, Shalimar.  However, it was named Choctawhatchee High School.  According to some who were around during the 50’s, the original site for the school is now where the US Air Force Armament Museum is located but Mr. Meigs released the land in Shalimar and the school’s doors opened on September 22, 1952.

The new school was regarded as the most modern school in Northwest Florida at that time.  It was designed to accommodate 500 but with so many students ranging in grades 7-12, it soon became over-capacitated, to include an enrollment of 625 the first year.  The Meigs family had also donated land for the post office and courthouse annex in Shalimar and civilian families started moving to Shalimar, as well as the surrounding areas. 

As Okaloosa County grew in population, the public-school population grew too.  In the summer of 1966, Choctawhatchee High School completed the construction of a much larger complex on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach.  The Okaloosa County School District decided to revise the grade levels and make the old Choctawhatchee High School 7th - 9th grades and the 10th - 12th graders would attend the new high school; therefore, in August 1966, the “old” Choctaw was named “Meigs Junior High” school.   Another revision followed and the name of all junior high schools were changed to “middle” schools, housing 6th – 8th graders and moving the 9th graders to the high schools.  In August 1989, Meigs Junior High School became “Meigs Middle School”.

With Meigs Middle School being one of the highest ranked middle schools in the entire state of Florida, we are established as the “Gold Standard for Educational Excellence.” We offer more than the average academic and extracurricular opportunities to our students.  We welcome you to Meigs Middle School!

Vision, Mission, and Core Value Statements


  • We inspire a lifelong passion for learning.


  • We prepare all students to achieve excellence by providing the highest quality education while empowering each individual to positively impact their families, communities, and the world.

Core Values

  • Accountability:  We, working in conjunction with students’ families, accept responsibility to ensure student learning, to pursue excellence, and to hold high standards for all.

  • Citizenship:  We prepare all students to exercise the duties, rights, and privileges of being a citizen in a local community and global society.

  • Excellence:  We pursue the highest academic, extracurricular, and personal/professional standards through continuous reflection and improvement.

  • Integrity:  We embrace a culture in which individuals adhere to exemplary standards and act honorably.

  • Personal Growth:  We promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and experience to develop individuals with the aspiration, perseverance, and resilience to be lifelong learners.

  • Respect:  We show regard and consideration for all through a culture of dignity, diversity, and empathy.

  • Leadership:  We provide guidance and direction to accomplish tasks while being a moral compass to others.

Wildcat Victory - Meigs Middle School Fight Song

Fight on you mighty Wildcats
You’re the ones we’re root-in for
We’ll win every game
And then we’ll come right back for more
Fight on you mighty Wildcats
We’re behind you all the way
And when you run onto the field our pride is here to stay!

Contact Us

Meigs Middle School
150 Richbourg Avenue
Shalimar, FL 32579
Phone: (850) 833-4301
Fax: (850) 833-9392