Gaither High School
|Gaither High School|
"Commitment to Excellence"
|16200 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, Florida, 33618
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hillsborough County Public Schools|
|Assistant principals||Donna Cason (Curriculum), Rory Beauford (Administration), Matthew Smith, Taryn Anello, Greg Lewandowski (Student Affairs)|
|Color(s)||Blue, Silver, and White|
|Rival||Sickles High School|
|Newspaper||The Pony Express|
|Website||Gaither High School|
Gaither High School is a public high school located in the Northdale area of Hillsborough County, Florida. It opened in 1984 and is located on 16200 North Dale Mabry Highway. Bloomingdale High School, located in Valrico, Florida, was built around the same time and has the same architectural design.
Gaither High School is named for the late Hillsborough High School administrator, Principal Vivian Gaither. He served over 40 years in the Hillsborough County School System.
History and traditions
When Gaither first opened up its doors in 1984-85, Seniors were not in attendance, and the school served only 9th-11th graders (Gaither did not have a class of 1985). In the 1985-86 year, (class of 1989) Gaither kept its doors open to 9th graders. The following year in 1986-87, Gaither ceased to include 9th graders and began to only house the 10th-12th grades until 1997 when Gaither reinstated a four-year program. Gaither‘s graduating class of 1988 was the very first group of students that included all four years. Graduating class of 1989 would be the second.
On January 31, 2009, Gaither High School hosted the 7th annual Snoop Bowl, a youth football game, under the direction of James Bothwell, which puts a youth team coached by Snoop Dogg up against a youth team coached by an NFL player. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott was selected to coach the 2009 team made up of all-star little leaguers from the Tampa Bay area. Snoop Dogg improved his record in Snoop Bowl games to 6-1 by defeating the Alsott led "Gators" 22-6 in front of a record 3,000 spectators at Death Vally Stadium, now called James Bothwell Stadium.
The school's most historical rival is Chamberlain High School, however Sickles High School became a prominent rival school for the Cowboys when it opened in 1997 . Contemporarily, the school's most modern and primary rival is Steinbrenner High School, established in 2009. Students from Ben Hill and Buchanan Middle School make up the majority of the population of Gaither students, however there are also many students from Martinez, Adams, and Walker Middle Schools.
Each year, the school hosts a Special Olympics and a Multicultual Assembly. The school's Homecoming is called Starlight.
Gaither High School offers many courses in performing and fine arts. Such courses include: Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Guitar, Keyboarding, Theatre/Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre/Stagecraft, TV Production, and many other visual arts such as but not limited to Drawing and Ceramics.
Gaither offers a variety of seasonal sports for student participation. Sports for both boys and girls include cross country, golf, swimming, volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis and track. In addition, boys sports include baseball, wrestling and football while girls compete in softball, flag football and competitive cheer. In certain situations girls may compete on boys teams that do not have a comparable girls team; this typically is found in wrestling, and more rarely in football and baseball.
The school offers many clubs and extracurricular activities for its students. Types of clubs include: Co-Curricular Clubs, Interest Clubs, Honor Clubs/ Societies, Student Government/ Senate, and other organizations. For more information and list of clubs offered see http://gaither.mysdhc.org/clubs
- Channing Tatum, actor (transferred to and graduated from Tampa Catholic High School)
- Brittany Snow, actress
- Eddie Ababio, Major League Soccer player
- Dan Bilzerian, Venture Capitalist and Professional Poker Player
- Kevin Cash, Major League Baseball catcher, current Tampa Bay Rays manager
- Fernando Gonzalez, North American Soccer League player
- Carlton Mitchell, USF and Cleveland Browns wide-receiver
- Alesha Oreskovich, model
- J.R. Russell, Kentucky Xtreme wide receiver
- Jenn Sterger, photo model
- Chad Zerbe, San Francisco Giants relief pitcher