Leon High School
Leon High School is a public high school in Tallahassee, Florida. For the 2007-2008 school year, the Florida Department of Education gave the school an "A" rating after its students scored well above the state average on standardized tests in reading and in math. Leon also offers twenty-two Advanced Placement courses; a standard that further distinguishes Leon High in the county, state, and country . Leon High School was ranked 110th in Newsweek's list of 1,000 Best High Schools in America in the 2004-2005 school year.

History
Leon High School has always been a part of Tallahassee history, and is one of the oldest high schools in the country. It was founded 14 years before Florida entered into statehood. It was originally founded as Leon Academies in 1831 in Tallahassee, Florida, Leon County and helped shape education in the Capital City. Later in 1903 it would become the Leon County Graded and High School, which was originally set as the first public high school for whites on the corner of Duval, Tennessee and Bronough Streets. In 1911, a need for more room for the growing student population led to the construction of a second Leon High School where the LeRoy Collins Public Library now stands. The current building at 550 East Tennessee Street was built in controversy. Built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for $500,000, citizens thought the high school was too expensive, too far out of town and way too big with the three stories. The builder was Thomas Monk, who built dozens of high schools and commercial buildings around Florida, including the Monk Building in downtown Bradenton, renovated in 2000. In Tallahassee, Monk also built the Mayo Building in the Capital area, and a house in Los Robles for his daughter and son-in-law. On April 14, 2007, Leon High School celebrated 100 years of graduates with a grand reunion of all classes.

Mission statement
Leon's mission is to "prepare all our students to be lifelong learners and productive citizens in an ever-changing world and global society."

Athletics
Leon High School's mascot is the Lion, and their colors are red and white. Leon has thirty-four athletic teams: sixteen boys teams and eighteen girls teams. The boys football team is the winningest football team in the state of Florida.

Activities

Alma mater
The red clay hills of Tallahassee harbor memories dear. Memories of our dear old High school that we all revere. May we ever bring thee glory, Always honor thee. Keeping burning deep inside us, Fires you kindled there. To Leon, to Leon, we All sing to thee. Faithful we'll always be to Our dear old Alma Mater. We love thy classic Halls forever more. Loyal and ever true; Leon, to you! - Written by coach C.H. "Blake" Clark 1934

Notable alumni
  • Loranne Ausley, State Representative (Class of 1981);
  • LeRoy Collins, Governor of Florida (Class of 1927)
  • Mary Call Darby Collins, Florida's First Lady
  • Ricky Carmichael, Motocross rider
  • Brad Culpepper, Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer (Class of 1986)
  • Faye Dunaway, Actress (Class of 1958)
  • Tony Hale, Actor (Class of 1988)
  • Cheryl Hines, Actress (Class of 1983)
  • Allison Miller, Actress
  • Wyatt Sexton, Former Florida State quarterback (Class of 2002)
  • Sonny Shroyer, Actor
  • E. Lee Spence, Underwater Archaeologist (Class of 1966)
  • George Tabb, Punk rock guitarist/songwriter, author, television host


  • Boys' Sports
    • Basketball-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Baseball-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Cross Country
    • Football-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • Soccer-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Swimming and Diving
    • Track and Field
    • Tennis
    • Weightlifting
    • Wrestling
  • Girls' Sports
    • Basketball-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Cheerleading-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Crew
    • Cross Country
    • Dance Team
    • Flag Football
    • Golf
    • Soccer-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Softball-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Swimming and Diving
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball-Varsity and Junior Varsity
    • Weightlifting
  • Amite French Club
  • Anchor Service Club
  • Art Club
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Bowl Patrol
  • Brain Bowl
  • CBE
  • Chess Club
  • "Chorus"
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Concert Band
  • Cosmos
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diversified Career Technology
  • El Cid Spanish club
  • Exchangettes service club
  • Enterprising Marvels of Music
  • The F.I.R.M.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Frets and Strings guitar club
  • Frisbee club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Illusions Modeling Troupe
  • Interact service club
  • Jazz Band
  • Key service club
  • Ladies of Distinction
  • Leon High Life (newspaper)
  • Lion Steel
  • Lion's Tale (yearbook)
  • Marching Redcoats
  • Mane Event
  • Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
  • Mock trial
  • Mosaic
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Pierian National Honor Society
  • Phoenix
  • Rebus Gestis Latin club (A Chapter of the Junior Classical League)
  • Rubik's Cube Club
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • Student Government Association
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Symphonic Band
  • Thespians
  • Yoga
  • Youth in Government

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