Seminole High School (Pinellas County, Florida)

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Seminole High School
Wally the Warhawk SHS.JPG
8401 131st Street North
Seminole, Florida 33776
United States
Coordinates 27°50′56″N 82°49′09″W / 27.8488°N 82.81921°W / 27.8488; -82.81921Coordinates: 27°50′56″N 82°49′09″W / 27.8488°N 82.81921°W / 27.8488; -82.81921
Type Public
Motto Live by the highest you know...and the others will follow.
Established 1962
Principal Thomas Brittain
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,043 (2016-17)[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Orange, Green, and White
Mascot Wally the Warhawk
Nickname Warhawks
Yearbook Warrior

Seminole High School is a public coeducational high school located in Seminole, Florida. It is governed by the Pinellas County School District. The school's mascot is "Wally the Warhawk". The student population is approximately 2,200.


Prior to the opening of the school in the late summer of 1962, students in what is now known as the Seminole area attended Largo High School or Dixie Hollins High School. With rapid growth in Seminole in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it became necessary for the newly suburban area to have its own high school. The original school consisted of what is now the main building where the administration offices are located and the front cafeteria. Seminole was the first high school in Pinellas County to be air-conditioned. The current "Warhawk" stadium was built in 1967 after a lengthy fundraising drive (Seminole Pow Wow). The auditorium, gymnasium and band facilities were built in later years. The school underwent a significant expansion in 1977 and an extensive remodeling in 1996. In the fall of 1973, the school utilized double sessions until the opening of Osceola High School in 1981.


Seminole High School hosts a variety of athletic programs. These include baseball (boys), basketball, cheerleading, cross country, flag football (girls), football, golf, soccer, softball (girls), spring football, swimming, diving, tennis, track, volleyball (girls), and wrestling.[2]


During 2003 season, the Seminole soccer team won the state championship.[3][citation needed][clarification needed]


The Seminole Warhawk baseball team won the state title in 2001.[citation needed]


The Seminole High School wrestling team won two state championships in the 1970s.[citation needed][when?]


The yearbook is Warrior and the school newspaper is titled Hawk Talk.

Art Departments[edit]


In 2006 The Seminole High School Orchestra played at Carnegie Hall.[4] The Orchestra also played for the governor,[when?][citation needed] and at the invitation-only event for Disney Honors.[5]


SHS has three auditioned choirs (Warhawk Singers, Hawkapella & Seminole Singers) and two non-auditioned choruses ( Men's & Women's Choir).

Marching band[edit]

In 2004, the Seminole Warhawk Marching Band were the first marching band in Florida to ever receive the Sulder Shield Award. This award is given to high school marching bands with outstanding achievement and excellence at the international level.[6] They have also been honored by Florida State Representatives.[7] The marching band along with the color guard has played in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.[8][9][10] In 2006 The Seminole Warhawk Marching Band won the division for the largest bands and won the overall highest score in the 25-school finals in the Florida Marching Band Coalition's Florida State Band Championship.[11]

Wind ensemble[edit]

Symphonic band[edit]

Drama and Musical Theatre Department[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Stanley Moore (1962–1965)
  • Scott Rose (1965–1970); Pinellas County Schools Superintendent (1981–1991)
  • Don Van Fleet (1970–1971)
  • Fred Rozelle (1971–1979)
  • Bob Kalach (1979–1980)
  • Bruce McMillan (1980–1984)
  • Curt Geer (1984–1992)
  • Richard D. Duncan (1992–2001)
  • Richard Misenti (2001–2007); current principal of Guilford High School in Guilford, Connecticut.
  • Walter Weller (2007–2013)
  • Thomas Brittain (2013– present)


  1. ^ FHSAA Student Population Report
  2. ^ Seminole.qxp
  3. ^ Lee, Laura. "Area soccer teams ready to dominate final four", St. Petersburg Times, 2004-02-25. Retrieved on 2007-08-01.[dead link]
  4. ^ Ferguson, Kathy. "SHS orchestra prepares for big time", Seminole Beacon, 2006-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-05-29.
  5. ^ Disney Youth Groups. Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  6. ^ Russell Robinson In Memoriam – Professor Reid Poole: 1919–2006. Encore – University of Florida School of Music Newsletter. Fall 2005
  7. ^ HR 9001A. A resolution honoring the Seminole High School Warhawk 3 Marching Band. Florida House of Representatives. 2004.
  8. ^ EncoreSummer2004. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  9. ^ Ferguson, Kathy. "Students step into national limelight", Seminole Beacon, 2005-01-11. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.
  10. ^ DCP Forums > Tournament of Roses Parade. (2005-01-01). Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  11. ^ McClure, Bob. "Seminole Marching Band adds state crown to list", Seminole Beacon, 2006-12-20. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.

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