Academy of the Holy Names (Florida)

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Academy of the Holy Names
Academy of the Holy Names (Tampa, Florida) (logo).jpg
To be rather than to seem
3319 Bayshore Boulevard
Tampa, Florida, (Hillsborough County), 33629
United States
Coordinates 27°54′53″N 82°29′37″W / 27.91472°N 82.49361°W / 27.91472; -82.49361Coordinates: 27°54′53″N 82°29′37″W / 27.91472°N 82.49361°W / 27.91472; -82.49361
Type Private,
Coeducational (K-8),
All-Girls (9-12)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 17 July 1881
Founder The Sisters of the Holy Names
President Mr. Arthur Raimo
Principal Bridgid Fishman, ES & Camille Jowanna, HS
Grades PK to 12
Number of students 834
Student to teacher ratio 15:1
Campus size 19 acres (77,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and Gold ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    
Mascot Jaguar
Team name Jaguars
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Catholic Conference, Florida Kindergarten Council
Publication EXCURSIONS (student literary magazine) and ACCORD (school magazine)
Newspaper ACHONA
Yearbook ECHOES
Director of Admissions Pam Doherty (A'87)
Athletic Director Kevin Vargas
Assistant Athletic Director Chris Severini

The Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It is also the oldest Catholic school on Florida's West Coast and the second oldest high school in the state.[1] The school was founded on July 17, 1881 by the Sister of the holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It began in Tampa, Florida as a two-room school house for 35 students and has grown into a full K-12 school for over 900 students.

In 1962 a separate division was established for boys in grades 1 through 8. In 1989, the Boys Academy joined with The Academy of the Holy names into one coed school. The high school, however, remains all-girls.

The school's yellow brick building on Bayshore Blvd. began construction in 1928 and is the main facility for the academy today.[2]


K through 8 Students are exposed to a variety of subjects while maintaining Catholic values and receiving close attention from our great staff in small classroom settings.

High School The Academy prides itself on holding its students to high expectations and encouraging personal intellectual growth. Small classroom settings provide the students with a hands-on education and constant attention from esteemed professors.

Students must complete 4 credits of English, Mathematics, and Theology. Additionally graduation requirements include 3.5 credits of Social Studies, 3 Language credits, 3 Science credits, 1 credit in both Fine Arts and Health, a .5 credit Computer Course and 4.5 Electives of their choosing. The school offers several AP courses as well as intensive college counseling. Graduation requirements also include 100 hours of community service per student. Many students acquire their community service hours through several mission trips that take place during the Spring.

As a college prep school, the academy instills the importance of higher education in their students. The academy has a 100% graduation and college enrollment rate.[3]


K-8 Physical Education courses are required throughout elementary and middle school to ensure the physical well-being of all students. Team sports begin in middle school including, soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, lacrosse, track, tennis, softball, and baseball.

High School Athletics play a central role in the academy's extracurricular offerings. The sports available to students include: crew golf cross country swimming and diving volleyball dance basketball soccer lacrosse softball track and field tennis [4]