Dixie Martin Hollins was born in Pattonville, Texas, in 1887. He arrived in Clearwater with his wife, Allie, in 1908 with a teaching certificate from Bowling Green Normal School in Kentucky. When Pinellas County was created from West Hillsborough County in 1912, Mr. Hollins became the first superintendent and was named by Gov. Albert Gilchrist. Mr. Hollins was 24 when he traveled to various schools over dirt roads in a horse and a buggy. Dixie M. Hollins owned the St. Petersburg Printing Company and the Pasadena Country Club. His family still owns and operates one of the largest ranches in the state in Citrus County. He donated the land for both Maderia Beach elementary and middle School. To this day his estate provides contributions to Dixie's music program. He also sponsored the first two athletic banquets for the school.
Dixie Martin Hollins died on Oct. 6, 1962 at the age of 75. The school closed for half a day so as many students and staff as possible could attend his funeral service. Dixie M. Hollins has been directed by nine principals since its inception.
Dixie received its first B grade in school history (2013-2014).
Dixie has had the highest reading gains among all high schools during the past three years (2012-2014).