Henry B. Plant High School
|Henry B. Plant High School|
|Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Strength Through Unity|
|School district||Hillsborough County Public Schools|
|Principal||Robert A. Nelson|
|Number of students||2,200 (2008-2009)|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Accreditation(s)||Florida State Department of Education|
H.B. Plant High School
|Location||Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida|
|NRHP Reference #||81000194|
H.B. Plant High School is a public high school located in Tampa, Florida, United States. It opened in 1927 on South Himes Avenue. The school is named in honor of railroad and hotel tycoon Henry B. Plant. The school mascot is the Panther. The school motto is "Strength Through Unity." Plant High School has an enrollment of more than 2,500 students.
US News and World Report ranked Plant High the 22nd best public school in the Florida and 321st nationally in 2012. The school has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1990 and 1997).
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The athletic stadium is named Dad's Stadium, with the water tower in behind the stadium which reads, "Plant High School, Home Of State Champions" and hosts football, soccer and lacrosse games, track and field meets, and pep rallies.
The high school music program consists of an orchestra under the direction of Steven Bossert, and a marching band, a wind ensemble, a symphonic band and a jazz band under the direction of Rob Schoos. The Marching Panther Band is a combination of all these groups and performs at all football games and various community events.
Performances by the school's chorus of more than 250 members include several Madrigal dinner performances and an annual revue called "Rick's Cafe". Past shows have featured numbers from Rent, Grease, Chicago, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma, West Side Story, and Mary Poppins.
Members of the drama program put on plays and musicals every year. Past shows include Psycho Night at the Paradise Lounge, Alice In Wonderland, Old Saybrook, The Curious Savage, Grease, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Odd Couple:Female Version, Bathroom Humor, and the award winning Mystery of Twicknam Vicarage. The Drama Club participates each year in Winter Wonderland, raising money for Broadway Cares, and other fund raisers. Each year closes with an award banquet entitled "The Henry's", in which new members are inducted into the Thespian Troupe, awards are distributed, board members are announced, and Senior students are given a final goodbye.
Plant High School enjoys a fine tradition of community service, as shown by the seven service clubs (boys and girls) on campus. Students who are interested in joining are assigned to a random club and are "tapped" during homeroom. These clubs perform a variety of services to the community.
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The Plant High School football team won 4 state championships, in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
The Plant football program was recognized four years in a row 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 as achieving the highest team GPA in Hillsborough County.
Plant High has one of the best volleyball programs in the USA. They have won titles in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. 2008 was the second year that Plant volleyball has had a 3-peat. In 2009 they claimed their 4th consecutive state championships behind Maddie Martin ('09 Gatorade player of Florida) and Ali McCurdy. In 2010 they won their 5th straight championship led by Seniors Alex Johnson, Tina Catanach, Paige Tuttle, Callie Henley, and libero Charlotte Hill, along with Juniors Maren Douglasand middle Brynne Fruhmorgen. Plant Volleyball coach Leanna Taylor, who has guided the program to five consecutive state championships, has been named Florida Dairy Farmers Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year and Tampa Tribune Female Coach of the Year. She was recently chosen by Positive Coaching Alliance and the Institute of International Sport as one of seven people across the country selected to be Sports Ethics Fellows recipients as part of IIS’ 20th-Anniversary edition of National Sportsmanship Day.
The Plant High School Sailing Team is a club at H.B. Plant High School.
The Panther sailing team qualified for the 2002 ISSA national championship in San Francisco, California where they placed 15th overall. The Panthers have since attended five other national championships, in 2005 the panthers finished 13th overall, in 2006 the team attended the ISSA national championship in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finishing 11th, and in 2007 they finished 5th at the fleet racing nationals and 3rd in the team race nationals.
The Plant High School Rowing, just like sailing, is another club sport at H.B. Plant High School. The crew team travels to various places to race including Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Tallahassee, Florida. In November 2008 and 2009 the Woman's varsity eight has placed 1st at the Head of the Hooch, the 2nd largest regatta in the US. In May 2008, the Women's 1V Boat was the first boat on the team to advance to the Grand Finals at the SRAA National Regatta. In May, 2009 the club earned its first National level medals, with a Men's boat placing third at the SRAA National Regatta in Lake Mercer, New Jersey. In 2010 Phillip "Kangaroo" Kangari won the #1 crew member of the year, as selected by the US High School Crew Association (USHSCA). Members of the club regularly attend colleges such as Princeton and Georgetown to row.
The Plant Ice Hockey Team is another club at H.B. Plant High School. The team is now part of the Florida High School Hockey Association, competing in the Lightning Conference.
- Trey Azagthoth, founder and lead guitarist for Morbid Angel
- Wade Boggs, Hall of Fame baseball player
- Leo Gallagher, American comedian
- Sam Gibbons, United States congressman
- Lane Lindell, represented America in Miss World 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Bobby Lord, country musician
- Stephen Stills, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young musical group
- Wesley Willis, American musician and artist
- Dreama Walker, actress known for her role in Gossip Girl
- Mike Williams, former National Football League Wide receiver
- Orson Charles, current National Football League Tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Aaron Murray, Quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist for the Georgia Bulldogs
- Plant Panthers Football Team Website
- Plant High Rowing official website
- The H.B. Plant High School Marching Panther Band
- Henry B. Plant High School website
- School District of Hillsborough County Website.
- PHS Chorus Official Website
- Plant High School Jazz Ensemble
- Plant High School Orchestra Booster Club