Thursday, July 9, 2009

Leon High School


 
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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.

15 comments:

Darla said...

One of our girls will be attending Leon come the fall.

B SQUARED said...

Many a fine athlete has come from there as well.

Pam said...

It must be a very impressive building to drive by. For 1937, 500,000.00 was quite a hefty sum to spend on a school. Good for them!

Pam said...

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Leif Hagen said...

Nice high school photos and interesting details. Is LOIS one of its famous graduates, too?

Abe Lincoln said...

Rather than a place of education it reminds me of a sanitarium or a place of punishment. When I was growing up we had a TB sanitarium that looked like this but it has since been destroyed and replaced by other modern buildings.

Gosh, there must be a million kids who go to school there.

Better still, I was a teacher for 13 years, and places like this are often home to teachers they can't fire and to supervisors who supervise the supervisors.

Lois said...

Leif-no I graduated from Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach. It was housed in another grand old building that looked similar to this one only it was 3 blocks from the ocean and you could see the beach from the second story. Quite a temptation when you are trying to concentrate on math or history! Sadly the old building was torn down a few years back.

Vicki ~ FL said...

What a huge high school and quite a history lesson! What is the population of that school?

Frank said...

Lois: From my lack of comment yesterday you can determine that the day kind of got away from me and it was late afternoon (and night) before I even ventured out to search for some photos to post. (It was one of those long days.)I actually had fun shooting in the dark in the rain and I think I will do it again. I cannot believe these great pix of Tampa. You will love to learn that the wonderful statue of the hunting dogs is very much on display right at the entrance to the Henry B. Plant Museum (which is on the ground floor on the left side of the hotel buidling. GREAT museum and the staff would probably appreciate copies (high-res.)of your hotel-related photos and the story that goes with each one. (Cynthia Gandee is the Executive Director. Use my name...we are long-time friends.)From the photo the house looks a bit overgrown but then it may have been taken after a week of heavy rain like right now...and the goats hadn't gotten around to eating yet.) It is wonderful that the house today is so well cared for and magnificent. You can be extremely proud to have such strong ties to Tampa history. Your grandfather was a very handsome man; honeymooning at the the hotel had to be a special (and expensive) affair. You MUST visit to see all of the rooms and objects in the collection. So well preserved and showcased. (The museum space replicates the look and feel of the original hotel era even down to the dim lighting.)My grandfather and yours likely ran into each other in those years. he was a banker with the First national Bank and then the Exchange - Tampa was and IS in mnay ways still a small town.

Thank you so much for the links to TDP and kind words. Tampa is filled with interesting and even quirky photos and stories. I will never run out of things to post.

My best to you - Frank

Clytie said...

What an imposing old school! It's beautiful, with amazing grounds. Has there ever been a movie filmed there? It would be perfect!

Jacob said...

Love it. Even as a former teacher, I love it. Just can't beat those old buldings! They have character!

Lois said...

Vicki-around 1800 students are enrolled at this school.

Don and Krise said...

1800! That's like a small town all by itself. I do agree with the others though, this is a beautiful old building. Thanks for showing it to us.

Leeds photography - Paul said...

Big school and a serious sum of money back in those days.

Lisa Wilson said...

Wow!! I can't imagine being in a graduating class that big.