The Bulldog Battalion began with Principal Wanda Yarbrough and Assistant Principal Joan Hunt during the spring of 1993. Through their efforts and hard work, the Bulldog Battalion and JROTC came to be an integral part of campus life at South Fork High School.
On 30 July 1993, by General Order #16, the first four-year JROTC program at South Fork High School was established. Major Clifford Yarbrough was hired as the first Senior Army Instructor in charge of gathering all of the necessary clothing, equipment and materials to get the program going as soon as school stared in the fall.
The first year was a building year with 170 cadets enrolled and the addition of an assistant instructor, First Sergeant Charles Powell, assigned 1 November 1993.
The unit crest of the Bulldog Battalion is the embodiment of the ideals of our program. The unit crest is a gold metal and enamel device consisting of a red and black quartered square arched at top bearing a gold bulldog above the inscription “Tiens Ferme” in gold letters. Overall, a gold arch of laurel and oak leaves at top. Red as Black are the School Colors. The arch shape denotes the passageway of education through which the cadets enter and graduate. The Bulldog is the school mascot. The arch of laurel and oak symbolizes achievement in academies, sports and the arts. The motto “Tiens Ferme” translate to “Hold Firmly”.
The Bulldog Battalion has seen many changes over the last eight years -- the loss of Wanda Yarbrough and promotion of Assistant Principal Joan Hunt to Principal at Martin County High School. One of the biggest challenges is the transition from a seven-period day to block scheduling which began in the fall of 1996.
Major Clifford Yarbrough left in the summer of 1996 to take position with another JROTC program in Benton, Arkansas. LTC James Daly was hired as the new SAI in July 1997, LTC Daly’s last active duty assignment before joining the faculty at South Fork H.S. was as a Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. First Sergeant Charles Powell also left the program to assume another position at Jupiter High School. In 2012 Command Sargent Major Efrem Evans coming from Fort Benning, GA. joined the Bulldog Battalion as the army instructor. On Aug. 2016 MAJ Vazquez came from Coconut Creek High School (Broward County School) from which he served 15 years in JROTC. He also worked as a Senoir Army Instructor in Okeechobe County in the Juvenille Maximum Security for 2 years. In 2017 SFC William Bonilla came from Dywer HS where he was an Army Instructor for 7 years to fill in as the 3rd instructor here at Bulldog Battalion.
In 1999, the cadets worked very hard and achieved the highest honor a JROTC unit can receive as being named Honor Unit with Distinction. In Feb 2016 the Bulldog Battalion had their 1st JPA (JROTC Program Assesment) inspection and scored a 99% out of 100 posiable points and than again in Feb. 2020 score another 99%.
JROTC prepares High School students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. Classroom and outside activities become opportunities to acquire knowledge, self discipline and sense of responsibility necessary to meet the today's challenges.