Henry B. Plant High School

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Henry B. Plant High School
Henry B. Plant High School, exterior and flagpole.jpg
Strength Through Unity
2415 South Himes Avenue
Tampa, Florida, 33629
United States
Coordinates 27°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
Type Public high school
Established 1927
School district Hillsborough County Public Schools
Principal Robert Nelson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,200 (2008-2009)
Color(s) Black and Gold          
Team name Panthers
Rivals Armwood
Accreditation Florida State Department of Education

H.B. Plant High School is a public high school located in Tampa, Florida, United States. Its opening date was in 1927 on South Himes Avenue. The school is named in honor of railroad and hotel tycoon Henry B. Plant. The school mascot is the Panther. The school 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 the Florida and 263rd nationally in 2015.[1] The school has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1990 and 1997).[2]

Graduation Rate[edit]

Plant's 2012 graduation rate of 93% was ranked 2nd in the Hillsborough County School District, compared to a statewide rate of 74.5% and a Hillsborough County rate of 72.6%. npr[3]

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 four of the last five years, along with Sickles, which received a B in 2011, and Newsome, which has five straight A grades.[3]

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


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


The high school music program consists of an orchestra, a chorus 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 fine 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:[4]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (boys & girls)
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew*
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Football
    • State Champions - 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2011[5]
  • Golf
  • Hockey*
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing*
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
    • State Champions - 1975, 1976 & 2006-2010[6]
  • Wrestling

Notable alumni[edit]


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