Henry B. Plant High School
|Henry B. Plant High School|
2415 South Himes Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Strength Through Unity|
|School district||Hillsborough County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Accreditation||Florida State Department of Education|
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.
US News and World Report ranked Plant High the 17th best public school in Florida and 263rd nationally in 2015. The school has twice been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1990 and 1997).
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%.
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.
- 2012 - A
- 2011 - A
- 2010 - A
- 2009 - B
- 2008 - A
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".
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.
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:
- Basketball (boys' and girls')
- Cross country
- Flag football
- State Champions - 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011
- Golf - State Champions - 2016
- Swimming and diving
- Tennis - Girls Tennis - 2012, 2013 State Champions
- State Champions - 1975, 1976 and 2006-2010
- Pete Alonso, MLB player for the New York Mets
- Trey Azagthoth, founder and lead guitarist for Morbid Angel
- Wade Boggs, Hall of Fame baseball player
- Gallagher, comedian
- Sam Gibbons, US congressman
- Mychal Givens, MLB player for the Baltimore Orioles 
- Ruth Hall, actress
- Richard King, four-time Academy Award winner for Best Sound Editing
- Lane Lindell, represented America in Miss World 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Bobby Lord, country musician
- Robert Marve, former CFL quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
- Aaron Murray, NFL quarterback 
- Stephen Stills, member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young musical group
- Ester Steinberg, Comedian, Actress from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Kyle Tucker, baseball player in the Houston Astros organization
- Preston Tucker, former MLB player, currently playing in Japan 
- Dreama Walker, actress known for her role in Gossip Girl
- Mike Williams, former NFL wide receiver
- James Wilder, Jr., NFL and CFL running back for the Toronto Argonauts
- Eric Patterson, NFL cornerback 
- Orson Charles, NFL tight end for the Cleveland Browns
- Lyrics Born, rapper and producer
- FHSAA Student Population Report
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