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Jesuit High School (Tampa)

Jesuit High School
4701 North Himes Avenue
Tampa, Florida, (Hillsborough County), 33614
United States
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Established 1899
President Rev. Richard C. Hermes, S.J.
Dean Dr. Angelo Pastore
Rector Rev. Paul A. Deutsch, S.J.
Principal Mr. Barry Neuburger
Asst. Principal Mrs. Debra Pacheco
Grades 912
Enrollment 712 (2010)
 • Grade 9 197
 • Grade 10 193
 • Grade 11 171
 • Grade 12 151
Campus size 40 acres (160,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Mascot Tiger
Team name Tigers
Rival Tampa Catholic High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication "The Lyre"
Yearbook The Tiger
Tuition $13,900 per year (as of 2014-2015)
Affiliation Jesuit Secondary Education Association
Admissions Director Steve Matesich, '91
Athletic Director Terry Rupp

Jesuit High School is a private, Catholic, all-male high school located in Tampa, Florida. Established in 1899, it operates independently of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[2]

Jesuit of Tampa teaches a college preparatory curriculum. Jesuit of Tampa has graduated many federal judges, political leaders, priests, teachers, physicians, journalists, scientists, attorneys, professional athletes, writers, scholars, actors, painters, engineers and entrepreneurs. According to Nick Suszynski, Director of Development, Jesuit has graduated 15 judges. The Alumni Association commonly refers to the high school as "Tampa's Largest Fraternity."

Another factor that makes Jesuit students visible in the community is its dress code. Students wear dress trousers, along with dress shirts and ties part of the year. The other half of the year they are required to wear dress pants and a polo. Dress shoes and a belt are always required, with the exception of marked "dress-down" days.

The Jesuit motto is "Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam" which means "For the Greater Glory of God." The school encourages its students to be Men For Others, which is a student-model derived from a famous 1973 speech given by Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Fr. Arrupe was the Secretary-General of the Society of Jesus at the time.


  • History 1
  • Curriculum 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Clubs and extracurricular activities 4
  • Facilities 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Jesuit High School was founded in 1899, then located in downtown Tampa and directly affiliated with Sacred Heart Parish (formerly a Jesuit-run parish) known as Tampa College.[3] The high school's 1899 original site is located at the corner of Florida Avenue and Madison Street in downtown Tampa.[4]

Jesuit High School had begun to outgrow its original location by the 1940s and 1950s due to increased enrollment.[4] Father Michael Kennelly, S.J., who served as the school's president and rector from 1953 until 1959,[5] spearheaded the $600,000 capital campaign, which allowed the school to purchase 80 acres of rural grazing land on Himes Avenue in West Tampa.[6] The campus was moved from downtown Tampa to its current location on North Himes Avenue in 1956. Father Kennelly obtained the necessary permits and designed the new campus, which he centered around St. Anthony's Chapel.[4]

Jesuit High School had an enrollment of 245 students at the time of its relocation in 1956.[6] The high school currently has 708 students, as of January 2011.[6]

Jesuit's president is Rev. Richard C. Hermes, S.J., and its principal is Mr. Barry Neuburger.


Jesuit's curriculum includes studies in theology, mathematics, sciences, fine arts, language arts, foreign language, physical education, and social studies. Of the more than 75 members of the faculty, there are six Jesuits (5 priests and 2 scholastics, junior religious preparing for the priesthood). The Jesuits on the staff serve in administration, teach in the classroom, and work jointly with several lay staff members in religious formation. The school celebrates daily Masses in the residence chapel at 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM, as well as monthly all-school Masses in St. Anthony's Chapel. Each school year begins with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition that dates back to the early days of Jesuit education. All students are required to attend school Masses and take four years of Catholic theology. The school has a long tradition, however, of welcoming non-Catholics and non-Christians to its student body.


The school won the FHSAA Boys' Athletic Program of the Year award in 1997-1998, and had the most state championships and places at state events, 1998–1999, 2000–2001, and 2005-2006.[7] In addition, the school won the Tampa Tribune Athletic Program of the Year award in 2003-2004, and the St. Petersburg Times Athletic Program of the Year award in 2004-2005. Over the years the baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer and track teams have combined for a total of 19 state championships, with all but four of these titles occurring since the mid-1990s. Jesuit also has a history of fielding strong wrestling and swimming teams, with numerous individual state champions in both sports. Their most recent team championship came in 2014, when the baseball team claimed FSHAA 5A state title. [8] The school also won the Tampa Bay Times and the FHSAA Class 5A All-Sports Award for 2013-14. The Jesuit Tigers have also won two High School National Championships; baseball in 1997 and soccer in 2001.[9] Jesuit has had a tradition of talented coaches who have led their teams to post-season play and several championships. These victorious coaches include "Wild" Bill Minahan, Dominick Ciao, Paul Straub, John Crumbley, Mike Boza, "Big" John Szponar, Bob Bauman, and Neal Goldman. Jesuit's baseball stadium, Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park, was declared the best high school baseball field in the country by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association in 2011. The school's sports rivals are the Crusaders from nearby Tampa Catholic High School. In 2014 Jesuit secured its 15th consecutive football victory against the Crusaders.

Clubs and extracurricular activities

When outside the classroom, students contribute several thousand hours of community service as part of their mandatory service requirements to those in need. In 2013-14 alone Jesuit students combined to exceed 44,000 hours of community service. The Speech and Debate club has sent 7 members to Chicago and a policy team to the two district nationals. Other clubs include SADD, National Honor Society, language honor societies, the award-winning Key Club, religious service group Agmen Christi, Don't Feed the Artists, the school's drama troupe the "Jesuit Masque", and the Tiger yearbook and Tiger newspaper. There is also a school spirit club called Blue Tide that has a reputation for being the biggest and best school spirit club.


To the north of the chapel are the cafeteria, fine arts building, and the Jesuit residence. Classroom buildings surround the remaining sides of the chapel. The "Tiger Palace" has room to accommodate a total audience of 1,400. The southeast portion of the campus is the home of the renovated athletic center, which was dedicated to renowned alumnus and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez and the library dedicated to Fr. Richard Hartnett, S.J.[3]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
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  3. ^ a b JHS. "School History". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b c Meacham, Andrew (2011-01-12). "The Rev. Michael Kennelly, who helped shape Tampa's Jesuit High, dies at 96".  
  5. ^ "Past president of Loyola dies at age 96".  
  6. ^ a b c Bearden, Michelle (2011-01-12). "Services set for Jesuit High's campus founder".  
  7. ^ JHS. "Awards and State Champions". Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
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External links

  • Jesuit High School of Tampa website
  • History of Jesuit High School of Tampa
  • List of Jesuit High alumni in baseball
  • Jesuit High School of Tampa Athletic Program
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