A. P. Leto High School

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A.P Leto High School
Leto HS logo.jpg
Where Students EXCEL beyond their highest expectations
4409 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, Florida, 33614
Coordinates 28°00′41″N 82°31′07″W / 28.011377°N 82.518681°W / 28.011377; -82.518681
Type Public high school
Established 1965
School district Hillsborough County Public Schools
Principal Victor Fernandez
Faculty 98
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,790
Campus type Suburb
Color(s) Red, Gold, and White
Team name Falcons

A. P. Leto High School is a public high school within the Hillsborough County Public Schools system and is located at 4409 West Sligh Avenue in Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. In addition to the four high school grades, Leto also hosts adult night school. Victor Fernandez, the current principal, was appointed in April 2009.[1]

Ethnicity / Demographics[edit]

Number Percent ETHNICITY
1159 64.75% Hispanic
327 18.27% White, Non Hispanic
184 10.28% Black (African-American), Non Hispanic
81 4.53% Multi-Racial
36 2.01% Asian / Pacific Islander
3 0.17% American Indian / Alaskan Native
1790 100% Total

The school currently operates as a Title I school (receives additional funds from the federal government) with 66.4% of the student population free- or reduced-lunch eligible.[2]


The school is named in honor of Ateo Phillip Leto, a former principal at Jefferson High School and at Chamberlain High School in Tampa. He was originally to serve as the school's first principal, but he died before the school year began. The first principal of Leto was Frank M. Farmer. After Leto, Farmer became the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the Hillsborough County School System until his retirement in 1986. His retirement celebration took place in the Leto High School library.

Leto was established in 1965 with grades 9-11, and the first graduating class was in 1967. Although the largest school in Hillsborough County, it lacked a gymnasium and a stadium. Leto opened with 1,670 students its first year. The school is situated on 37 acres (150,000 m2).

The school colors are Vegas gold, scarlet red, and white. The school mascot is the Falcon. Several traditions continue to be upheld at Leto to include Class Capers, Spirit Week, and Night to Fly.


  • The Leto Legend - Student-run and produced newspaper for Leto High School
  • The Quill - Literary magazine of student poetry, art and prose
  • The Talon - Student-run and produced yearbook for Leto High School

In addition, the Alma Mater, "Voices proud in praises sing", was written by a student during Leto's first academic year, 1965–1966. Copyright law protects this unpublished and anonymous work until 2086, so it may be found on the school's official website.[3]

Graduation rates[edit]

2012 = 69%
2004-05 = 86%
2003-04 = 81%
2001-02 = 69%
2000-01 = 67.9%
1999-00 = 59%

School Report Card[edit]

2013-14 = B
2008-09 = D
2007-08 = C
2006-07 = B
2005-06 = C
2004-05 = C
2003-04 = D
2002-03 = D
2001-02 = D
2000-01 = C
1999-00 = C
1998-99 = C


Leto was one of 16 schools nation-wide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2007-2008 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Fernandez to Leto!". Hillsborough County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Leto Information". Hillsborough County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ "Leto Alma Mater". 1965–1966. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Guided Self-Study". Leto High School. April 25, 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Leto School Accountability Report". Florida Department of Education. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  6. ^ http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/f-35a-launches-air-to-air-missile-in-test-392434
  7. ^ Mizell, Hubert. “Buccaneers win one!” St. Petersburg Times. 12 Dec 1977
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hercules-Hernandez-tribute-page/179325732218869
  9. ^ "HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LEGENDS". bigcountypreps.com. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 

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