Academy of the Holy Names (Tampa, Florida)
|Academy of the Holy Names|
To be rather than to seem
|3319 Bayshore Boulevard
Tampa, Florida, (Hillsborough County), 33629
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Established||17 July 1881|
|Founder||The Sisters of the Holy Names|
|President||Mr. Arthur Raimo|
|Principal||Bridgid Fishman, ES & Camille Jowanna, HS|
|Vice principal||Rebecca Elliott, ES & Jack Mullarkey, HS|
|Grades||PK to 12|
|Number of students||834|
|Student to teacher ratio||15:1|
|Campus size||19 acres (77,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Catholic Conference, Florida Kindergarten Council|
|Publication||EXCURSIONS (student literary magazine) and ACCORD (school magazine)|
|Director of Admissions||Pam Doherty (A'87)|
|Athletic Director||Kevin Vargas|
|Assitant Athletic Director||Chris Severini|
The Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It is also the oldest Catholic school on Florida's West Coast and the second oldest high school in the state.
With a tradition steeped in concern for social justice, the Academy has built a strong academic reputation since its founding in 1881. The school’s distinctive mission makes it possible for the administrators and faculty to incorporate the rich intellectual discourse and humanitarian concerns of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary into our programs.
The school's mission is:
To develop the spiritual, academic, personal and physical growth of each student within an atmosphere of care and concern; To provide quality educational opportunities for students of diverse ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds; To encourage each student to realize his/her full potential as an intelligent, cultural, spiritual and socially aware individual.
On July 17, 1881, two Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary arrived from Key West to open a two-room school house in a blacksmith shop on Zack Street in Tampa. Thirty-five pupils were enrolled initially, but by the end of the first academic year, their numbers had increased to 70 day scholars and two resident students.
In April 1889, the site of the school was moved to a two-story building at the corner of Franklin and Harrison Streets. In 1891, the late Bishop John Moore, second Bishop of St. Augustine, purchased property on Twiggs Street where a larger school, which served the community for 34 years, was built.
By 1926, further growth necessitated larger accommodations, and the school was moved to temporary quarters on Central Avenue while the present building on Bayshore Boulevard was under construction. Bishop Barry of St. Augustine laid the cornerstone in 1928, and Florida's Governor-elect Carlton spoke at the ceremony.
The following September saw the opening of the new school, but financial difficulties halted building progress before the structure was completed. However, with increasing enrollment, growth of the school continued. The building was completed, and by 1952 two new school wings were added, along with the chapel and auditorium.
A separate boys division for grades 1 through 8 was established in 1962, and in 1970 a kindergarten was added. Today, the staff of sisters and their lay associates instruct over 800 students in the coeducational elementary division and the high school for young women.
The school's centenary was celebrated during the 1980-81 school year. At that time, an historic marker was unveiled in front of the school on Bayshore Boulevard to commemorate 100 years of service of the Sisters of the Holy Names on Florida's West Coast.
- Colleen Moore, American film actress
From the years 1911 to 1916, Kathleen Morrison was a student there. In November 1916 she left Tampa Florida first for Chicago (film tests at the old Essanay Studio) and then for Los Angeles where she went to work for the Triangle-Fine Arts Studio as Colleen Moore.
Notes and references
- "AHN website". Retrieved 4 October 2012.