Hillsborough County Public Schools

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Hillsborough County Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It is more commonly referred to as the School District of Hillsborough County, or SDHC.

The district serves all of Hillsborough County. It is the third largest school district in Florida and the 8th largest in the United States.[1] It is governed by the School Board of Hillsborough County, which consists of seven elected members and one superintendent, who is hired by the board. MaryEllen Elia served as Superintendent from July 2005 until March 2015.[2][3]

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School board[edit]

The Hillsborough County School Board[4] consists of seven elected officials, five elected by voters in their district and two elected on a countywide basis. As of November 22, 2016 the board consists of:

  • District 1: Susan L. Valdes
  • District 2: Sally Harris (Vice-Chair)
  • District 3: Cindy Stuart (Chair)
  • District 4: Melissa Snively
  • District 5: Tamara P. Shamburger
  • County-Wide District 6: April Griffin
  • County-Wide District 7: Lynn L. Gray


Hillsborough County Schools provides athletic opportunities for high school boys in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, wrestling, and lacrosse. For high school girls, the sports are basketball, cheer, cross country, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and volleyball.


The school district utilizes Hillsborough County Public Schools Security Services and the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at many schools around the county. Known as School Resource Officers, they provide armed security along with other services where they are assigned.[5] Other jurisdictions assist with service calls in a backup capacity. These agencies include Plant City Police Department, Temple Terrace Police Department, and Tampa Police Department. During some local school sponsored sporting events the district will utilize the Florida Highway Patrol, USF Police Department, and Tampa Airport Police Department in conjunction with the other agencies to provide security. Since the school sponsored events are generally served by off-duty law enforcement officers, other local agencies may also be present.[citation needed]

Gates Foundation grant[edit]

In 2009, The Hillsborough County School District was awarded a one hundred million dollar grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve education through improved mentoring and evaluation of teachers.[6]

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