H.B. Plant High School was opened in 1926 on South Himes Avenue in Tampa, Florida. The school is named in honor of railroad and hotel tycoon Henry B. Plant. The school mascot is the Panther. The school motto is "Strength Through Unity." Plant High School currently has enrolled more than 2,700 students.
The athletic stadium is named Dad's Stadium, with the water tower in behind the stadium now reading, "Plant Panthers, Home Of State Champions" and hosts football, soccer and lacrosse games, track and field meets, and pep rallies. The flag team is known as the Pantherettes and the dance team is known as the Danceros.
The school has a notable academic reputation, and is consistently ranked among the 100 Best High Schools in America (as designated by Newsweek). Plant High also offers free Advanced Placement Program testing as early as freshman year.
Competition for school choice (a new program in Florida that allows students to apply to attend school outside of their district) is fierce, as Plant is overcrowded and thus not an available choice to students living outside the school district's boundaries. There is a zero-tolerance policy towards the common practice of claiming a relative or friend's in-district address to attend the school.
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The Plant High School Orchestra of 75 members plays four concerts a year, as well as performing throughout the community in service oriented playing.
Performances by the school's chorus of more than 250 members include several Madrigal dinner performances and an annual revue called "Rick's Cafe". Past shows have featured numbers from Rent, Grease, Chicago, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma, West Side Story, and Mary Poppins.
Members of the drama program put on plays and musicals every year. Recent shows include Psycho Night at the Paradise Lounge, Alice In Wonderland, Old Saybrook, The Curious Savage, Grease, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Odd Couple:Female Version, Bathroom Humor, and the award winning Mystery of Twicknam Vicarage. The Drama Club participates each year in Winter Wonderland, raising money for Broadway Cares, and other fund raisers. Each year closes with an award banquet entitled "The Henry's", in which new members are inducted into the Thespian Troupe, awards are distributed, board members are announced, and Senior students are given a final goodbye.
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The 2006 Plant Panthers completed an undefeated season, winning their first Florida State Football Championship on December 9, 2006, by defeating the defending 2005 champions, Nease High School, 25-21. A touchdown pass from future Miami Hurricane, Robert Marve to Derek Winter with 17 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter put the Panthers ahead for the win. Also in the game, Marve broke the record for completions, attempts, and TDs (48) in a season, a record previously held by former Nease High School QB and current Florida Gators standout, Tim Tebow.
The week before, Plant High School made history when the team won their first state semi-final game against Booker T. Washington; a team who had previously made the semi-final game for four years in a row. Plant High School's team had previously made it to the semi-final game in 1973, 1976, and 1978 but had gotten no further. In 2003, the Panthers were 1-9. Under Coach Robert Weiner along with 10 other players, the team had a 3-7 season in 2004, 9-3 in 2005, and finally in 2006, a 15-0 state championship. In 2007, new quarterback Aaron Murray led the Panthers to an 11-2 season.
The Plant High School Flying Panther Sailing Team is another premier club at H.B. Plant High School. Founded during the 2001-2002 school year, the sailing team practices at Davis Island Yacht Club and races all over the continental U.S. The Panther sailing team started with a strive toward excellence by qualifying for the 2002 ISSA national championship in San Fransico, California where they placed 15th overall. The Panthers have since attended four other national championships, in 2005 the panthers finished 13th overall, in 2006 the team attended the ISSA national championship in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finishing 11th, and in 2007 they finished fifth at the fleet racing nationals and third in the team race nationals. The ISSA National Championship is an invitation only regatta that only the top three teams from the South Atlantic Interscholastic Saling Association are able to attend. In the 2007-2008 season the panthers came in first in the southeast regional regatta.