Thomas Jefferson High School (Tampa, Florida)

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Coordinates: 27°57′14″N 82°31′13″W / 27.954019°N 82.52018°W / 27.954019; -82.52018

Thomas Jefferson High School
Location
4401 Cypress Street Tampa, Florida 33607
United States
Information
Type Public high school
School district Hillsborough County Public Schools
Principal Van Ayres [1]
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1750 (2012-2013)
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics Football, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Cross Country, Track, Swimming, Volleyball, Golf, Cheerleading, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Flag-Football.
Athletics conference 4A
Mascot Dragons
Website

Thomas Jefferson High School is a public high school located in the heart of the Westshore Business District of Tampa, Florida. Thomas Jefferson High School is an Area 1[1] high school operates under the Hillsborough County Public School system.

School history[edit]

In 1939, due to the increasing high school population in the Tampa area, Thomas Jefferson High School was founded in the Old Hillsborough County High School building at 2704 N. Highland Avenue in the city's Tampa Heights neighborhood.[2] Named after the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, its first principal was D.W. Waters and its first class graduated in 1942. By 1967, the school board decided that its location no longer met modern educational requirements and the first Jefferson High School was closed. Upon closure of the school, students were sent to neighboring schools to complete their education. The original Thomas Jefferson High School building still exists today as the D.W. Waters Career Center.

On August 27, 1973 the new Jefferson High School building was opened at its current location on West Cypress Street.[3]

Magnet Program[edit]

In 2001 Thomas Jefferson High instituted a magnet program with various courses focusing on international studies.

  • International Business & Global Finance Honors
  • International Culinary Arts Honors
  • International Law & Criminal Justice Honors
  • International Fire Academy

Athletics[edit]

Football[edit]

In 2010, the Dragons won the Class 3A State Championship.[4] They finished the year 15-0.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Jefferson High students also participate in various clubs, groups, and organizations which help broaden their knowledge and skills.
Honors Clubs
Beta, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, French Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society,
German Honor Society, Thespians.
Magnet Clubs
Deca Blue (finance/retail marketing), Deca Gold (tourism/resort operations), FBLA, FCCLA/HERO, FPSA (Florida Public Service Association), Mock Trial Team.
Service Clubs
Junior Civitan, Key Club, SAC (student advisory council), SADD, Shanti.
Interest Clubs
Arriba, Ballroom Dancing, FCA, True Love Does Wait, Nubian Queens, Science Brain Bowl, YO, Model United Nations, Human Rights, Step, Male/Female Weightlifting, Hip-Hop, Crew, Best Buddies, Drama, Health Club.
Additional
Dancerettes, school newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Emeterio "Pop" Cuesta, baseball coach[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ School Information
  2. ^ Northoftampa: 65 years later, their spirit remains
  3. ^ http://jefferson.mysdhc.org/jhs_history.doc
  4. ^ "Records". FHSAA. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Johston, Joey (September 14, 2013). "Former Jefferson High, NFL star Rick Casares dies". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Topkin, Marc (December 9, 2013). "Tampa's Tony La Russa elected to baseball's Hall of Fame". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Bissinger, Buzz (2006). Three Nights in August. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 118. ISBN 9780618710539. 
  8. ^ Zappone, Tony (December 6, 2013). "John F. Kennedy: A President, A Kid and His Camera". Cigar City Magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fred McGriff Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Oscar Smith Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Coleman Bell Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Torrance Small Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kirby Dar Dar Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "K.D. Williams Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Keith Newman Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Reche Caldwell Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Cavaliers' Tinsey Charged with DUI in Tampa". TSN Radio. June 24, 2009. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Andre Caldwell Statistics". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Beyond the Gridiron with Prechae Rodriguez". Arena Football League. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lenny Faedo Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Sam Militello Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Al Pardo Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Fred Rath Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  24. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (April 25, 2011). "40 years later, not much in Coach Cuesta's game has changed". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 

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