Jesuit High School (Tampa)
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|Jesuit High School|
"Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam"
For the Greater Glory of God
|4701 North Himes Avenue
Tampa, Florida, (Hillsborough County), 33614
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic Society of Jesus (Jesuits)|
|President||Rev. Richard C. Hermes, S.J.|
|Dean||Dr. Angelo Pastore|
|Rector||Rev. Douglas Hypolite, S.J.|
|Principal||Mr. Barry Neuburger|
|Asst. Principal||Mrs. Debra Pacheco|
|Campus size||40 acres (160,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Rival||Tampa Catholic High School|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Tuition||$12,900 per year (as of 2012-2013)|
|Affiliation||Jesuit Secondary Education Association|
|Admissions Director||Steve Matesich, '91|
|Athletic Director||Terry Rupp, '84|
Jesuit High School of Tampa, established in 1899, is a private, Catholic, all-male high school located in Tampa, Florida, USA. It operates independently of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Jesuit of Tampa teaches a college preparatory curriculum. Jesuit of Tampa has graduated federal judges, political leaders, priests, teachers, physicians, journalists, scientists, attorneys, professional athletes, writers, scholars, actors, painters, engineers and entrepreneurs. According to Nick Suszynski, Director of Development, Jesuit has graduated fourteen judges. The alumni association commonly refers to the high school as "Tampa's Largest Fraternity."
Another factor that makes Jesuit students visible in the community is its strict dress code. Students are expected to wear dress trousers, along with dress shirts and ties part of the year. The other half of the year they are required to wear dress pants and a polo. Dress shoes and a belt are always required, with the exception of marked "dress-down" days.
The motto of Tampa Jesuit is "Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam" which means "For the Greater Glory of God." The school encourages its students to be Men For Others, which is a student-model derived from a famous 1973 speech given by Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Fr. Arrupe was the Secretary-General of the Society of Jesus at the time.
Jesuit High School was founded in 1899, then located in downtown Tampa and directly affiliated with Sacred Heart Parish (formerly a Jesuit-run parish) known as Tampa College. The high school's 1899 original site is located at the corner of Florida Avenue and Madison Street in downtown Tampa.
Jesuit High School had begun to outgrow its original location by the 1940s and 1950s due to increased enrollment. Father Michael Kennelly, S.J., who served as the school's president and rector from 1953 until 1959, spearheaded the $600,000 capital campaign, which allowed the school to purchase 80 acres of rural grazing land on Himes Avenue in West Tampa. The campus was moved from downtown Tampa to its current location on North Himes Avenue in 1956. Father Kennelly obtained the necessary permits and designed the new campus, which he centered around St. Anthony's Chapel.
Jesuit's president is Rev. Richard C. Hermes, S.J., and its principal is Mr. Barry Neuburger.
Jesuit's curriculum includes studies in theology, mathematics, sciences, fine arts, language arts, foreign language, physical education, and social studies. Of the more than 75 members of the faculty, there are six Jesuits (5 priests and 2 scholastics, junior religious preparing for the priesthood). The Jesuits on the staff serve in administration, teach in the classroom, and work jointly with several lay staff members in religious formation. The school celebrates daily Masses in the residence chapel at 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM, as well as monthly all-school Masses in St. Anthony's Chapel. Each school year begins with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition that dates back to the early days of Jesuit education. All students are required to attend school Masses and take four years of Catholic theology. The school has a long tradition, however, of welcoming non-Catholics and non-Christians to its student body.
The school won the FHSAA Boys' Athletic Program of the Year award in 1997-1998, and had the most state championships and places at state events, 1998–1999, 2000–2001, and 2005-2006. In addition, the school won the Tampa Tribune Athletic Program of the Year award in 2003-2004, and the St. Petersburg Times Athletic Program of the Year award in 2004-2005. Over the years the baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer and track teams have combined for a total of 18 state championships, with all but four of these titles occurring since the mid-1990s. Jesuit also has a history of fielding strong wrestling and swimming teams, with numerous individual state champions in both sports. The Jesuit Tigers have also won two High School National Championships; baseball in 1997 and soccer in 2001. Jesuit has had a tradition of talented coaches who have led their teams to post-season play and several championships. These victorious coaches include "Wild" Bill Minahan, Dominick Ciao, Paul Straub, John Crumbley, Mike Boza, "Big" John Szponar, Bob Bauman and Neal "The Real Deal" Goldman. Jesuit's baseball stadium, Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park, was declared the best high school baseball field in the country by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association in 2011. In 2013, the Jesuit basketball team went 31-1 and claimed their first state title since 1984. On November 8th 2013 Jesuit secured their 14th year in a row victory against their sworn enemy the Tampa Catholic Crusaders.
Clubs and extracurricular activities
When outside the classroom, students contribute several thousand hours of community service as part of their mandatory service. Students in the Key Club are regarded among the nation's best, having won many awards since its mid-1990s inception. Other clubs include the highly esteemed Debate club, SADD, National Honor Society, award-winning language honor societies, religious service group Agmen Christi, the Lyre literary art showcase, the school's drama troupe, the Jesuit Masque, and the Tiger yearbook and newspaper. There is also a Pep Club called Blue Tide that is also at most of Jesuit's sports events.
To the north of the chapel are the cafeteria, fine arts building, and the Jesuit residence. Classroom buildings surround the remaining sides of the chapel. The new "Tiger Palace" has room to accommodate a total audience of 1,400. The southeast portion of the campus is the home of the renovated athletic center, which was dedicated to renowned alumnus and baseball legend Al Lopez and the library dedicated to Fr. Richard Hartnett, S.J.
- Philip Agee, spy 
- Anthony Allen, running back Baltimore Ravens
- Xavier Beitia, kicker: 2001-2003 Florida State University, 2004 New York Jets, 2006 Berlin Thunder
- Joie Chitwood III, President: Daytona International Speedway, 2010-present, President and Chief Operating Officer: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2004-2009
- Ted Couch, benefactor who gave the first endowment to start H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.
- Jim Davis, U.S. Congressman
- Jules Dervaes, urban farmer and leader in California's urban homesteading movement 
- Mark Dickson, former tennis pro: 1983 US Open quarter-finalist and four-time All-American at Clemson University
- Michael W. Doyle, the Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs.
- Sam Dyson, Current professional baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays)
- Leonard George, first ever African-American player and football scholarship at the University of Florida
- Geoff Goetz, 6th overall pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets
- Richard Gonzmart, Tampa philanthropist and owner of Columbia Restaurant
- Jay Feely, National Football League kicker: 1997-1998 University of Michigan, 2001-2004 Atlanta Falcons, 2005-2006 New York Giants, 2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2009 New York Jets, 2010–Present Arizona Cardinals
- Bert Kreischer, comedian
- Lionel, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
- Frank Llaneza, prominent cigar maker
- Al Lopez, former Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Player: 1928-1935 Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, 1936-1940 Boston Bees, 1940-1946 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1947 Cleveland Indians, Manager: 1951-1956 Cleveland Indians, 1951-1956—1968-1969 Chicago White Sox
- Dave Magadan, former Major League Baseball player: 1986-1992 New York Mets, 1993 Florida Marlins and Seattle Mariners, 1994 Florida Marlins, 1995 Houston Astros, 1996 Chicago Cubs, 1997-1998 Oakland Athletics, 1999-2001 San Diego Padres
- Dean Malenko (aka Dean Simon), former pro wrestler in the WWF, WCW and ECW and son of Boris "The Great Malenko"
- Sam Marsonek, Former professional baseball player (New York Yankees)
- Rich McKay, National Football League executive: 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, general manager, 2003-2008 Atlanta Falcons, general manager, 2003-present Atlanta Falcons team president
- Jason Michaels, Major League Baseball player, Philadelphia Phillies (2001–2005), Cleveland Indians (2006–2008), Pittsburgh Pirates (2008), Houston Astros (2009–Present)
- Lou Piniella, former Major League Baseball player and manager: 1964 Baltimore Orioles, 1968 Cleveland Indians, 1969-1973 Kansas City Royals, 1974-1984 New York Yankees, 1985-1986 New York Yankees (coach), 1986-1988 New York Yankees (manager), 1990-1992 Cincinnati Reds (manager), 1993-2002 Seattle Mariners (manager), 2003-2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays (manager), 2007-2010 Chicago Cubs (manager)
- Brad Radke, pitcher, 1995-2006 Minnesota Twins
- Lt. Gen. Douglas R. Robb, Director of the Defense Health Agency, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- Shane Robinson, Major League Baseball player: 2004-2006 Florida State University, 2009–present St. Louis Cardinals
- Garrison Sanborn, long snapper for Buffalo Bills
- Ken Suarez, Former professional baseball player (Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers)
- Marc Valdes, Former professional baseball player (Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves) and current pitching coach of the Brooklyn Cyclones
- Joe Vance, animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation
- Charles R. Wilson, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
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- History of Jesuit High School of Tampa
- List of Jesuit High alumni in baseball
- Jesuit High School of Tampa Athletic Program