A. P. Leto High School

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A.P. Leto High School
Leto HS logo.jpg
420 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, Florida, 33614
Coordinates28°00′41″N 82°31′07″W / 28.011377°N 82.518681°W / 28.011377; -82.518681Coordinates: 28°00′41″N 82°31′07″W / 28.011377°N 82.518681°W / 28.011377; -82.518681
TypePublic high school
School districtHillsborough County Public Schools
PrincipalLarissa McCoy
Enrollment2,302 (2016-17)[1]
Campus typeSuburb
Color(s)Red, Gold and White

A. P. Leto High School is a public high school within the Hillsborough County Public Schools system and is located at 420 West Sligh Avenue in Tampa, Florida, USA. In addition to the four high school grades, Leto also hosts adult night services. Larissa McCoy, the current principal, was appointed in 2017.[2]


As of 2014, Leto High School is 99.75% Hispanic, .25% White, 1% Black, and < 0% other[3]

The school currently operates as a Title I school (receives additional funds from the federal government) with 98.4% of the student population eligible for free or reduced lunch.[4]


Originally called A.P. Leto Comprehensive High School, it was named in honor of Ateo Phillip Leto, a former principal at Jefferson High School and at Chamberlain High School in Tampa. He was originally to serve as the school's first principal, but he died before the school year began. The first principal of Leto was Frank M. Farmer.

Established in 1965 with grades 9-11, which meant that the first graduating class was not until 1967, Leto was the first comprehensive high school in Hillsborough County. It was "comprehensive" because in addition to the high school academic curriculum, Leto offered several modern vocational options for students. Although the largest school in Hillsborough County, it originally lacked a gymnasium, a stadium, baseball and softball fields, which were added in the 1970s. According to Leto's official website, the students of the first graduating class of 1967 chose the school's colors, mascot, alma mater and several other traditions that continue to be practiced at Leto High. The school opened with 1,670 students its first year and is situated on 37 acres (150,000 m2).

Magnet School[edit]

Created in 2013, Collegiate Academy is a magnet program provided by Hillsborough Community College. Students enrolled in this program will take college classes while on Leto's campus earning a two-year Associate of Arts degree while also earning their high school diploma.


  • The Talon - student-run and produced yearbook

School Report Card[edit]

2017-18 = C
2016-17 = C
2015-16 = ?
2014-15 = ?
2013-14 = F
2008-09 = D
2007-08 = D
2006-07 = F
2005-06 = F
2004-05 = D
2003-04 = D
2002-03 = D
2001-02 = D
2000-01 = C
1999-00 = C
1998-99 = C[5]


Leto was one of 16 schools nationwide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator "School Improvement Model" program, beginning in the 2007-2008 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Leto during its 50th Anniversary received funding to remodel and restore the campus to how it was during its first opening.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "LETO HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Minutes – School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida". Hillsborough County Public Schools. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  3. ^ http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/assets/pdf/SE0016B.pdf
  4. ^ "Leto Information". Hillsborough County Public Schools. Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  5. ^ "Leto School Accountability Report". Florida Department of Education. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hercules-Hernandez-tribute-page/179325732218869
  7. ^ Mizell, Hubert. “Buccaneers win one!” St. Petersburg Times. 12 Dec 1977
  8. ^ "HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LEGENDS". bigcountypreps.com. Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.

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