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 is the current principal, 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 12.01% Asian / Pacific Islander
3 0.17% American Indian / Alaskan Native
1790 100% Total

The school currently operates as a Title I school (receiving 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

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]

  • Michael Jenkins '99 (Mike Jenkins) - Wide Receiver in the NFL, who currently plays for the New England Patriots. All time leader in receiving yardage for The Ohio State University Buckeyes.[citation needed]
  • William Michael Prickett '94 (Michael Prickett) -Long Snapper University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Member CarQuest Bowl and two Gator Bowl Championship teams for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Played in one game for the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League.[citation needed]
  • Damu Cherry '95 (American Hurdler) Damu Cherry qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. She placed 3rd in her first round and won her semi-final heat. She ended up placing 4th in the final.[citation needed]
  • Gary Huff '69 - played college football and baseball at Florida State University and was a professional football quarterback. He was an All-American at FSU, where he led the nation in touchdown passes in 1971 and 1972. Huff was drafted with the 7th pick in the second round (33rd pick overall) by the Chicago Bears in the 1973 NFL Draft. He played with the Bears for four years (1973-1976), two years with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1977-1978), and one year with the San Francisco 49ers (1980). He quarterbacked the first win in Buccaneers history in 1977.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Fernandez to Leto!". Hillsborough County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Leto Information". Hillsborough County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ "Guided Self-Study". Leto High School. April 25, 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Leto School Accountability Report". Florida Department of Education. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 

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