Jesuit High School's tradition of excellence in athletics is second to none in the Tampa Bay area and among the very best in Florida. The Tigers perennially rank at the top of the Florida High School Athletic Association's athletic rankings and Academic Team Champion standings among all schools in Florida.
In 2016-17, Jesuit teams again placed 1st among all Tampa Bay-area boys sports programs in the FHSAA’s All-Sports Award standings, while also placing 2nd among all Class 6A schools, and 6th among all schools in all classifications statewide. Jesuit has won 39 District titles in 48 opportunities the past four years.
Leading the way for Jesuit in 2016-17 was the State runner-up baseball team (head coach Miguel Menendez), and the District and Region champion football (Matt Thompson), swimming (Bill Shaffer), and tennis (Joe Curtis) teams.
The Tigers also captured the FHSAA’s Academic Team Champion Award (ATC) among all boys programs in their classification for the second straight year in 2016-17. Earning the No. 1 spot in the ATC rankings were Jesuit's basketball, football, and wrestling teams, with soccer, bowling, and track & field finishing second. With six teams finishing first or second, half of Jesuit's programs ranked in the Top 2 academically in their respective sports.
Jesuit athletics is comprised of 22 teams in 12 sports - 12 Varsity, 7 JV, and 3 Freshman squads. Six different Tiger teams have combined to win 19 state titles: soccer (6), baseball (4), cross country (4), basketball (3), football (1), and track & field (1). The athletic program involves student assistants in training, managing, announcing, media, timing, and scoring. Interscholastic athletics are an important part of the total formation of Jesuit students, and every student is encouraged to participate in some way. Jesuit teams uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship, and Jesuit athletes compete for the greater glory of God, Ad Majorem dei Gloriam (AMDG).
|FHSAA Boys All-Sports Award - All Classifications|
|1. Plantation American Heritage||111.75|
|2. Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas||106.75|
|3. Tallahassee Lawton Chiles||96|
|4. Jacksonville Bolles||91.75|
|5. Jesuit High School||79.5|
|6. Weston Cypress Bay||78|
|7. Orlando Lake Highland Prep||76.75|
|8. Miami Belen Jesuit||75|
|9. Miami Columbus||66|
|10. Lake Mary||63|
|1. Jesuit High School||107|
|2. Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas||103.5|
|3. Plantation American Heritage||92.25|
|4. Orlando Lake Highland Prep||92|
|5. Pinecrest Gulliver Prep||77.75|
|6. Tallahassee Lawton Chiles||74|
|7. Jacksonville Bolles||73.5|
|8. Winter Park||68|
|8. Homestead South Dade||68|
|10. Orlando Dr. Phillips||66.5|
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) requires several forms, including a completed Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form, a Consent and Release from Liability Certificate, and a Concussion & Heat-Related Illness form, be on file with the Athletic Director prior to the student-athlete’s participation in any sports activity. These athletic forms all must be provided annually. Click here for all mandatory FHSAA forms in one PDF file.
Please note: These athletic forms are in addition to the two health forms required upon entry to the school, which are kept on file in the Registrar’s Office. (See High School Health Forms below.)
Athletic Program Awards
Jesuit’s athletic program, teams, and individual student-athletes have earned many awards and honors during the long history of the school. Below is a listing of some of the prominent program and team awards:
Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Boys Outstanding Athletic Program of the Year
Tampa Bay Times Outstanding Athletic Program
Tampa Tribune Athletic Program of the Year
Baseball - 1997
Soccer - 2001
State Champion Teams
Baseball - 1994, 1997, 2000, 2014
Basketball - 1950, 1984, 2013
Cross-Country - 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005
Football - 1968
Soccer - 1987, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
Track - 2003
The Tiger Tradition
Jesuit High School has more than 100 years of athletic excellence. Since humble beginnings at the turn of the 19th century, Jesuit's athletic programs have developed, through the decades, into nationally recognized championship contenders.
These classic photos offer a glimpse of Jesuit's storied athletic history.
Al Lopez Sr. '27 was Florida's first professional baseball player. He is the namesake for Jesuit's Al Lopez Sports Complex.
Jesuit's 1943-44 basketball team won the Southwest Conference Championship.
1921- Jesuit's first football team
1959 basketball - No. 4 is professional baseball legend Lou Piniella, who was a basketball star at Jesuit.
Swimming circa early 1950s
1968 State Championship football
Running back Leonard George - 1968 State Champion football. The first African-American to receive a scholarship to play at the University of Florida.
Coach Paul Straub during the construction of Jesuit's gym in 1961. Straub served Jesuit for 42 years as coach of several sports, and also as athletic director, alumni director, and teacher.
1980 baseball. Dave Magadan is in the back row, fifth from the right. Magadan spent more than a decade playing for several MLB teams.
Jesuit High School is home to the area's premier high school athletic facilities, providing student-athletes with state-of-the-art venues, top training equipment, updated locker and shower facilities, and an aesthetically stimulating athletic environment.
Alumni Track & Field at Corral Memorial Stadium features a state-of-the-art synthetic playing field, which was resurfaced in 2015, and rubberized track surface. The playing field is used by the football, soccer, and lacrosse programs.
Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park was named field of the year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. Its dimensions are 320 feet down the lines and 380 to center, and it is perhaps the finest athletic facility in the Tampa Bay area.
The south side of the Al Lopez Sports Complex overlooks Alumni Track and Field. The Oliva Weight Room inside the complex is equipped with elite, well-maintained equipment and features high, arched windows that overlook Alumni Track and Field and Corral Memorial Stadium, providing an inspirational view of the playing fields and stadium area. The Tigers' Den on the south side serves as the athletes' entrance to the locker room and training areas.