Brandon High School (Brandon, Florida)
|Brandon High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hillsborough County Public Schools|
|Number of students||appx. 2,300 as of 2007-2008|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
The school originally opened in 1914 on the current site of McLane Middle School. In 1972, the school moved to its current location on Victoria Street in Brandon. The school colors are maroon and white. The school mascot is the Eagle. Brandon High is currently Pending school grade in SDHC's high school grading scale. The school has been awarded Blue Ribbon School status.
The Brandon wrestling team holds the national record for the longest winning streak (34 years, 459 wins) by a high school sports team. This accomplishment is often referred to as "The Streak". The streak came to an end on January 5, 2008, when Brandon was defeated by South Dade High School 32-28. The team also boasts 23 Florida State Team Championships (including a current State Record Streak of 23 in a row) and over 165 state placers. In 2014, the program won its 14th consecutive state championship. In addition to winning the state title, Brandon had 7 individual champions. The state placers are listed on the west wall of the Brandon Wrestling Workout room by first initial and last name, followed by their place and the year they placed.
Brandon High boys won the state championship in 2003.
The Brandon High School Symphony Orchestra, directed by Mr. Donald Langland, is one of the largest and longest continuously running orchestra programs in the state of Florida. In 2012 the Brandon Orchestra held its Sapphire Concert in celebration of its 45th Anniversary. The orchestra program was started by T. Edison James in 1967 and has had only 4 directors in its 40 year existence. Currently the BHS String Orchestra, which will be competing in San Diego this Spring, consists of 83 musicians and the Symphony Orchestra has 115 members. The BHS Orchestra earned the title of "Best-Overall Orchestra" in competitions in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C., as well as earning straight Superior Ratings at State MPA 4 out of the last 5 years - one of less than 10 high school orchestras to do so. The Brandon HS Band is one of the oldest running band programs in Hillsborough County and is currently directed by Ms. Melanie Driscoll. The band has numerous all county and all state members. Brandon High School also has an award winning choir.
The Student Executive Board, better known as E-board, is held responsible for coordinating most of the school events and activities. Some of the better known events made possible by E-board are homecoming, Flick on the Field, and Battle of the Belts. This class and club of students also plans the pep rallies that continue Brandon's history of pride and tradition.
Brandon High School Nature Preserve
This approximately 1.5-acre (6,100 m2) wooded site located on the south side of the campus was designated an official Schoolyard Habitat in 2006 by the National Wildlife Federation. Ecology students help collect animal and plant data annually using a variety of tools and technologies including Global Positioning Satellite receivers and digital cameras. They also construct nesting boxes for birds and roosting boxes for bats to help increase the biodiversity of the area. Many other classes use the area as an outdoor classoom, including art, English, performing arts, and technology.
- Scott Blake visual artist
- J. S. G. Boggs visual artist
- Chris Cates former professional baseball player.
- Rick Barrio Dill bass guitar player
- Chone Figgins professional baseball player with the Seattle Mariners
- David Galloway former professional football player
- Franklin Gomez freestyle wrestler
- Joey Graham professional basketball player
- Stevie Graham professional basketball player
- Danny Graves former professional baseball player
- Garry Hancock former professional baseball player
- Toney Mack former professional basketball player
- Mike Pucillo professional football player with the Washington Redskins
- Jody Reed former professional baseball player
- Dwayne Schintzius former professional basketball player
- Ronda Storms, Florida state legislature
- Jeff Turner former professional basketball player
- "Administration". Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- School Grade
- Brandon High's Wrestling Site
- Answers.com Entry for Brandon Wrestling
- ESPN - Florida high school wrestling team's streak ends after 459 straight victories - High School Sports
- O'Neill, Joe (February 25, 2014). "Brandon wrestling is about more than winning". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- Celebrating 100 years of Pride and Tradition
- "Brandon native turns bar codes into works of art". Tampa Bay Online News. Retrieved September 3, 2012.