East Bay High School

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East Bay High School
Gibsonton, Florida, United States
Type Public high school
Motto Aiming for Excellence!
Established 1957
School district Hillsborough County Public Schools
Principal Maria Gsell
Grades 9–12
Color(s) Red, and Gray


Mascot Indian
Accreditation Florida State Department of Education

East Bay High School is a public high school in Gibsonton, Florida. It was chartered in 1957 on Big Bend Road in Gibsonton. The school's current facility was established in 1971, and on a new campus adjacent to the east of the old one. Its former campus is now the campus of Eisenhower Middle School.

This map shows the incorporated and unincorporated areas in Hillsborough County, Florida, highlighting Gibsonton in red.

General information[edit]

East Bay High School is located in Gibsonton. It generally attracts students from Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, and Riverview, however it once hosted students from as far south as Ruskin and Sun City to as far north as the Clair-mel and Progress Village subdivisions.[citation needed]

The school surpasses its 1,700 student capacity on a regular basis. In the 2005-2006 school year, the school held around 2,300 students. With the opening of two new high schools--Spoto High School and Earl J. Lennard High School—in 2006, the school's population since then holds steady at around 2,000 students.

The school received a grade of "A" from Florida Department of Education for the first time in its history in 2009-2010 under the leadership of principal Sharon Morris. It received a grade of "B" for the 2010-2011 school year, also the first time in the school's history.

Maria Gsell became principal in January 2012.

East Bay's Athletic Director is Scot Tipton.

Former East Bay wrestling coach Tom Lota was a 2006 inductee into the Florida Wrestling Hall of Fame.[1] In 2011, the school gymnasium was named after him.

School information[edit]

The school's mascot is the "Fighting Indians". The campus is adorned with many Indian-related Senior Class projects, most notably the full-sized wall paintings of an Indian warrior in the gymnasium.[2]

School colors[edit]

The school colors are crimson (red) and grey.

Notable alumni[edit]

Dontae Thomas - Football Justin Hann NFL Player

East Bay Marching Indians Marching Band[edit]

The East Bay Marching Indians Band travels throughout Hillsborough County and performs their half-time show at varsity football games. They also compete in the "Lion's Pride Marching Competition", MPA (Music Performance Assessment)and etc. The band is currently under the direction of Evan Neidringhaus (née Marsh). The 2011 halftime show is "Havana Nights". The band recently received a Superior rating from their 2011 FBA Music Performance Assessment.


  1. ^ Wrestling Hall of Fame - Florida -- Wrestling Hall of Fame Florida Chapter.
  2. ^ East Bay High School -- Official website for the school.

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Coordinates: 27°47′38″N 82°21′48″W / 27.7939164°N 82.363426°W / 27.7939164; -82.363426