Jesuit High School Tampa
Forming young men in the Tampa Bay area since 1899
Men For Others

History

Jesuit High School was located in multiple spots in downtown Tampa its first 57 years.

In 1899 in downtown Tampa, what would become Jesuit High School was founded by the Jesuit priests of Sacred Heart Church. Known then as Sacred Heart College, and a little later as Tampa College, the school was renamed Jesuit High School in 1940 in honor of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jesuit Order.

In 1956, Jesuit High School relocated from its turn-of-the-century location to its present-day Himes Avenue campus. The Himes Avenue location allowed the school to expand enrollment and provided the space to put down more permanent roots and flourish.

For more than a century, great care has been taken to nurture the original mission of the school and to cultivate its academic standards, campus environment, and spiritual identity.

The success of Jesuit High School is supported by the progress of more than 8,000 graduates and by the continued presence of sons and brothers of alumni in the composition of its student body.

Click here for a creative a slideshow presentation on Jesuit's campus evolution, and the school's historical timeline is below.
Important Dates In Jesuit History

September 1899

Sacred Heart College opens with just five boys, a disappointingly small number possibly the result of a yellow fever scare. By the end of the year 21 are enrolled.

January 1905

The College takes over the old frame building of St. Louis Church - which is moved to the south end of the block to make way for the new Sacred Heart Church - when the parish moves into Sacred Heart Church.

June 1912

The first high school diplomas are awarded to students.

May 1916

Excavation begins for the foundation of a combination school building and faculty residence.

October 1917

The chapel of the new school is blessed and Mass is said there for the first time by the rector, Rev. Michael McNally, S.J.

May 1929

A charter is signed changing the name of school to Tampa College.

September 1929

The school shows signs of growth when the enrollment for the year rises to 115 students, and shortly thereafter it is named a member of the state association of high schools.

1939-40

Tampa College becomes known as Jesuit High School during this school year, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus.

 

September 1943

Jesuit High School opens the new term in the completely renovated and modernized Social Center building on the corner of Twiggs and Marion Streets.

March 1946

Dr. Gus Perdigon ’28, Jesuit alumni president, suggests that the association should work towards building a new school.

March 1950

The basketball team wins the state Class A (highest class) title under the direction of Coach Paul Straub, the first time any Catholic school in Florida won a state title. The tennis team wins the city and South Florida Conference championships.

June 1954

Archbishop Hurley addresses the banquet held as a kick-off for the Jesuit High School building fund.

February 1956

Samuel Cardinal Stritch presides at the dedication of the new Himes campus. Two classroom buildings, an administration building, a field house, a powerhouse, a cafeteria, and a stadium for football are ready for the fall term.

May 1961

The gymnasium is completed.

1962-63

During this school year, a third classroom building and library are constructed, the chapel is consecrated, and the residence is occupied.

December 1968

Under the direction of Coach Bill Minahan, the Jesuit Tigers win the Class 3A State Football Championship at Tampa Stadium.

August 1973

The library wings are constructed.

August 1979

A cafeteria addition is built to form a cafetorium.

February 1982

The baseball field is dedicated to Paul Straub.

May 1982

The Casper Center east-side addition to the gym, containing locker rooms, showers, storage for equipment and offices, is dedicated.

March 1984

The basketball team captures the Class 3A State Championship, its second state title, at the Lakeland Civic Center under head coach John Szponar.

February 1987

The soccer team wins the Class 3A State Championship, its first state title, at Daytona Beach under head coach Greg Chapman.

May 1987

Jesuit High School is named a “School of Excellence” by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Summer 1988

The National Forensics League team wins a state debate title.

Summer 1990

The National Forensics League team wins a national NFL oratory/debate championship and a state congressional debate title.

Summer 1990

Phase I of campus renovations is completed, including the conversion of Building 2 into a Science Center, and the construction of a central air conditioning and thermo storage plant.

Summer 1993

The three-building fine arts complex, including a Multipurpose Building (for use as an auditorium or large meeting space), a Band Rehearsal Hall and an Art Center (including three studio/classrooms), is completed.

 

 

May 1994

The baseball team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its first state title, in Sarasota under head coach John Crumbley.

Summer 1994

The National Forensics League team places first overall in the state NFL competition.

February 1995

The soccer team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its second state title, in Cocoa under head coach Bob Bauman.

Spring 1995

The Tiger Annual yearbook wins First Place at the Scholastic Press Association state competition.

Spring 1996

The Tiger Annual yearbook receives the All-Florida Publications Award.

Spring 1997

Jesuit’s Art Club creates the “Men for Others” stained glass window for the entrance to the Administration Building.

Winter 1997

The cafeteria is remodeled for increased flexibility.

February 1997

The soccer team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its third state title, in Lake City under head coach Bob Bauman.

May 1997

The baseball team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its second state title, at Legends Field in Tampa under head coach John Crumbley. The team is crowned National Champions by Baseball America.

February 1998

The soccer team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its fourth state title, in Lake City under head coach Bob Bauman.

Spring 1998

The Tiger Annual yearbook wins National Pacemaker Award.

May 1998

Athletics is named the Floyd E. Lay All Sports Award winner for the state of Florida.

May 1998

The senior parking lot is repaved, the underclassmen parking lot is paved and landscaped, the gym is renovated, and energy efficient windows and new window coverings are installed.

November 1998

The cross country team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its first state title, under head coach Mike Boza '78.

February 1999

The soccer team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its fifth state title, in Lake City under head coach Bob Bauman.

Spring 1999

Jesuit’s band wins first place in the Division II Jazz Band at the New Orleans Ovation Music Festival.

 

 

May 1999

Athletics is named the Floyd E. Lay All Sports Award winner for the state of Florida.

Summer 1999

Major renovations occur in landscaping, drainage, and technology.

May 2000

The baseball team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its third state title, at Legends Field in Tampa under head coach John Crumbley,

November 2000

The cross country team wins the 4A State Championship, its second state title, under head coach Mike Boza ’78.

February 2001

The soccer team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its sixth state title, under head coach Bob Bauman, and is named National Champions.

May 2001

Athletics is named the Floyd E. Lay All Sports Award winner for the state of Florida.

June 2001

Key Club wins the First Place Key Club Major Emphasis Program State Award.

May 2003

The track & field team wins the State Championship, its first state title, under head coach Mike Boza '78.

July 2003

Key Club receives a First Place Key Club International Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2004

Key Club is named Florida Key Club of the Year.

Summer 2004

Construction of the Jesuit Memorial Bell Tower, Fr. Richard Hartnett, S.J. Classroom Building, and Fr. Michael Kennelly, S.J. Technology Wing is completed, as well as major Library renovations.

November 2004

The cross country team wins the Class 4A State Championship, its third state title, under head coach Mike Boza ’78.

June 2005

The Tiger Annual yearbook team wins First Place Editorial Award and First Place Cover Design Award at Jostens Yearbook Florida Conference.

November 2005

The cross country team repeats as Class 4A State Champions, its fourth state title, under head coach Mike Boza ’78.

March 2006

Jesuit celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Himes Avenue campus with a Mass in the gymnasium, the last event to take place in the old gym before renovation.

May 2006

Athletics is named the 2005-06 Florida High School Athletics Association All-Sports Award winner and St. Petersburg Times Outstanding Athletic Program.

June 2006

Key Club wins the first place Key Club State Service Award.

October 2006

The Al Lopez Sports Complex is officially blessed and dedicated. Named in honor of alumnus and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez Sr. ’27, the newly constructed sports complex features a full weight room, wrestling, and rehabilitation facilities.

November 2006

The varsity basketball team plays in the debut of the fully renovated gym, the Tiger Palace, which includes a new court floor, bleachers, air conditioning system, and remodeled locker and bathroom facilities.

September 2007

The new synthetic turf athletic field is completed at Corral Memorial Stadium, and the varsity football team is the first to play on the new surface, which is the first of its kind among Hillsborough County high schools.

October 2007

Prior to kickoff at the Homecoming football game, the new synthetic athletic field is officially dedicated as Alumni Field at Corral Memorial Stadium.

Spring 2007

The 2006-07 basketball and soccer programs are honored as the first FHSAA Academic Team Champions.

January 2008

Installation of the new rubberized track surface is completed.

May 4, 2008

Authentic, first-class relic of St. Claude la Colombiere, S.J. is enshrined in brick of Jesuit Memorial Bell Tower by Fr. Joseph Doyle, S.J.

June 1, 2008

Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J., begins as president of Jesuit High School.

June 15, 2010

Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new baseball facility.

February 24, 2011

The school's new principal, Barry Neuburger, is introduced to faculty and staff.

February 26, 2011

The spectacular new baseball facility, Hyer Family Park, celebrates its grand opening to a sell-out crowd and a victory over Tampa Catholic.

January 5, 2013

The old Residence Chapel is dedicated and renamed Sacred Heart Chapel as part of the Year of Faith after significant renovations are made to the chapel.

 

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March 2, 2013

The basketball team wins the Class 5A State Championship, its third state title and first since 1984, at the Lakeland Civic Center under head coach Neal Goldman. It is the school's 18th athletics state championship.

March 14, 2013

Jesuit High School celebrates the announcement of the first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis, with a special Convocation in St. Anthony's Chapel.

April 2013

Key Club is honored as Florida's best, receiving the Malcolm K. Lewis Key Club of the Year Award.

July 2013

Key Club receives a First Place Key Club International Award.

April 2014

Key Club is honored for the second year in a row and fifth time overall as Florida's best, receiving the Malcolm K. Lewis Key Club of the Year Award.

May 22, 2014

The baseball team wins the Class 5A State Championship, its fourth state title and first since 2000, and the school's 19th athletics state championship.

June 2014

The school wins District titles in a record 11 sports, and athletics is named the 2013-14 FHSAA All-Sports Award winner for Class 5A and the Tampa Bay Times' Outstanding Athletic Program.

June 2014

The 2013-14 bowling and soccer programs are honored as the FHSAA Academic Team Champions for their respective sports, and Jesuit ranks No. 1 overall academically among all Class 5A boys athletic programs.

Summer 2014

The school begins the first phase of a long-term improvement campaign by transforming the main entrance (Loyola Lane) and creating new perimeter fencing the length of Himes and Osborne Avenues.
At Jesuit, we are responding in a dynamic way to the changing needs of education in the 21st century.
It is an exciting era, with the constant infusion of new technology and the increasing emphasis on student engagement in the learning process.
In 2014 Jesuit claimed the FHSAA's highest honor among all Class 5A schools in academics (Academic Team Champion) and athletics (All-Sports Award).
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