Henry B. Plant High School

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Henry B. Plant High School
Henry B. Plant High School, exterior and flagpole.jpg
2415 South Himes Avenue


Coordinates27°55′25″N 82°30′8″W / 27.92361°N 82.50222°W / 27.92361; -82.50222Coordinates: 27°55′25″N 82°30′8″W / 27.92361°N 82.50222°W / 27.92361; -82.50222
TypePublic high school
MottoStrength Through Unity
School districtHillsborough County Public Schools
PrincipalJohnny Bush
Staff112.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,503 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.35[1]
Color(s)Black and Gold          
Team namePanthers
RivalsThomas Richard Robinson High School
Jesuit High School
AccreditationFlorida State Department of Education

H.B. Plant High School is a public high school located in the neighborhood of South Tampa in Tampa, Florida, United States. It opened in 1927 between South Himes Avenue on the east and Dale Mabry Highway on the west. The school is named in honor of railroad and hotel tycoon Henry B. Plant, who connected Tampa to the United States railroad system in 1884, helping the isolated village to grow into a large city over the following decades. The school mascot is the Panther, and its 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 17th best public school in Florida and 263rd nationally in 2015.[2] The school has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1990 and 1997).[3]

Graduation rate[edit]

Plant's 2012 graduation rate of 93% was ranked second in the Hillsborough County School District, compared to a statewide rate of 74.5% and a Hillsborough County rate of 72.6%.[4]

Florida Department of Education grade[edit]

Plant is one of only three schools in Hillsborough County to have earned an A grade from the Florida Department of Education in at least five of the last eight years, along with Sickles, and Newsome, which has eight straight A grades.[4]

  • 2012 - A
  • 2011 - A
  • 2010 - A
  • 2009 - B
  • 2008 - A


The athletic stadium is named Dad's Stadium, and hosts football, soccer and lacrosse games, track and field meets, and pep rallies. The water tower behind the stadium reads, "Plant High School, Home of State Champions".


The high school music program consists of musical theater, an orchestra, five chorale groups, two a cappella groups and a marching band, a wind ensemble, a symphonic band and a jazz band. The Marching Panther Band is a combination of all these groups and performs at all football games and various community events.

Service clubs[edit]

Plant High School enjoys a 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.

Boys' service clubs:

Girls' service clubs:


Interscholastic sports at Plant are sanctioned by the FHSAA. The following sports are available. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are non-sanctioned club sports.[5]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (boys' and girls')
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew*
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
    • State Champions - 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011[6]
  • Golf - State Champions - 2016
  • Hockey*
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing*
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis - Girls Tennis - 2012, 2013 State Champions
  • Track
  • Volleyball
    • State Champions - 1975, 1976 and 2006-2010[7]
  • Wrestling

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Plant High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  2. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/florida/districts/hillsborough-county-public-schools/henry-b-plant-high-school-5065
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2013-02-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b 2011-2012 Florida High School Grades | StateImpact Florida
  5. ^ http://plant.mysdhc.org/
  6. ^ http://www.fhsaa.org/sites/default/files/orig_uploads/records/rec_fb.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.fhsaa.org/sites/default/files/orig_uploads/records/rec_vbg.pdf
  8. ^ "Florida high school sports - Baseball: Plant 3B/1B Pete Alonso commits to Florida". Archived from the original on February 7, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "Former Plant standout Givens makes his pitch for the big leagues". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Wins Recognition". The Tampa Times. Florida, Tampa. December 8, 1932. p. 9. Retrieved August 31, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/aaron%20-murray?id=2543587
  12. ^ http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/college/former-plant-high-baseball-star-preston-tucker-returns-for-one-more-season/1215726
  13. ^ Mike Williams NFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  14. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/ericpatterson/2553677/profile
  15. ^ "Orson Charles, TE for the Cincinnati Bengals". www.NFL.com. National Football League.

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