Thursday, July 9, 2009
Leon High School
Florida's oldest continuously accredited high school, Leon High School dates back to 1871. It was located at two other earlier sites, before this building was completed in 1937 by the WPA at a cost of $500,000. The school is huge and imposing on top of a hill as you are coming into town on US 90 from the east. Notable alumni of this school include LeRoy Collins, Florida's 33rd governor, and actresses Faye Dunaway and Cheryl Hines. Tallahassee is located in Leon County, which was named for Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who first "discovered" Florida in 1513 and named it La Florida.