Henry B. Plant High School

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. The school motto is "Strength Through Unity." Plant High School has an enrollment of more than 2,500 students.

Henry B. Plant High School
Address
2415 South Himes Avenue

,
33629

Coordinates27°55′25″N 82°30′8″W
Information
TypePublic high school
MottoStrength Through Unity
Established1927
School districtHillsborough County Public Schools
PrincipalJohnny Bush
Grades912
Enrollment2,360[1] (2016-17)
Color(s)Black and Gold          
Team namePanthers
RivalsThomas Richard Robinson High School, Hillsborough, Jesuit High School (Tampa)
AccreditationFlorida State Department of Education
Websiteplant.mysdhc.org

Academics

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

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

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

Facilities

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".

Music

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

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:

Athletics

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 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

References

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