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 every year. The Tigers perennially rank at the top of the Florida High School Athletic Association's athletic and academic rankings among all Florida schools.
In 2020-21, Jesuit led the way, yet again, in Class 5A of the Florida High School Athletic Association's All-Sports Award rankings, a.k.a. the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup. The Tigers tallied the second-most points in the state (114), following Class 4A Jacksonville Bolles (118).
In 2019-20, Jesuit repeated as State Champion in the FHSAA's All-Sports Award rankings, not only in Class 5A, but over every school in Florida, securing 101 points in the FHSAA's scoring system to win by 21.5 points over runner-up Lake Highland Prep.
The Tigers annually rank at or near the very top among all FHSAA boys sports programs in the All-Sports Award rankings. The past eight years, since 2013-14, Jesuit has finished No. 1 three times statewide and never below 6th. Among Jesuit's 12 FHSAA sports programs, the Tigers have claimed District titles in 71 of 92 opportunities, a 77% clip, during that time. (Jesuit's four spring sports did not complete their seasons in 2020 due to COVID-19).
Leading the way for Jesuit in 2020-21 was the State champion swimming team (head coach Bill Shaffer) led by 200 IM State Champion Nick Shaffer '21, State runner-up soccer (Eric Sims '95), and wrestling (Sal Basile), which fared well in both the State Duals and State Tournament, with five individual State Finalists and two State Champions, Jack Crook '22 and Tom Crook '22.
Also faring very well for the Tigers in the FHSAA playoffs this past school year were the District and Region champion football (Matt Thompson), golf (David Simmons), and tennis (Joe Curtis) teams; Region champion basketball (Neal Goldman); District champion track & field (Andy Wood '92), baseball (Miguel Menendez), and lacrosse (Charlie Cummins); and District and Region runner-up cross country (Jim Ranieri).
The Tigers also excel annually in the FHSAA’s Academic Team Champion Award (ATC) results. Since 2013-14, Jesuit has finished 1st or 2nd annually in its overall classification in the ATC standings among boys sports programs. Every year during that time, at least one Jesuit team has ranked No. 1 in its respective sport in the ATC standings, and several years multiple teams have ranked 1st, including the basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, swimming, and bowling teams.
Jesuit athletics is comprised of 22 teams in 12 sports - 12 Varsity, 7 JV, and 3 Freshman squads. Tiger teams have combined to win 25 state titles in eight sports: soccer (7), baseball (5), cross country (4), basketball (3), swimming (3), football (1), track & field (1), and wrestling (1). The athletic program involves student assistants in training, managing, announcing, live streaming, 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|
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, 2019
Basketball - 1950, 1984, 2013
Cross-Country - 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005
Football - 1968
Soccer - 1987, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2020
Swimming - 2017, 2018, 2020
Track - 2003
Wrestling - 2020
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.