Blake High School-magnet

Blake High School-magnet serves 1,603 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the FL average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 57%.
Blake High School-magnet operates within the Hillsborough School District.
The school district's 69% graduation rate is lower than the FL state average of 70%.


The student population of 1603 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 97 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School Type Magnet School
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,603 students
Blake High School-magnet Total Students (1998-2012)
Gender % 38% Male / 62%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 97 teachers
Blake High School-magnet Total Classroom Teachers (1998-2012)
Students by Grade Blake High School-magnet Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (FL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 15:1
Blake High School-magnet Student : Teacher Ratio (1998-2012)
American Indian
Blake High School-magnet Asian (1998-2012)
Blake High School-magnet Hispanic (1998-2012)
Blake High School-magnet Black (1998-2012)
Blake High School-magnet White (1998-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Blake High School-magnet Sch Ethnicity Blake High School-magnet Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.70 0.69
Blake High School-magnet Diversity Score (1998-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Blake High School-magnet Eligible for Free Lunch (1998-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Blake High School-magnet Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 201,942 students has grown by 30777% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 98% over five years.
School District Name Hillsborough School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed 201,942 9,762
Hillsborough School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 69% 70%
Hillsborough School District Graduation Rate (2001-2009)
District Total Revenue $1,906 MM $138 MM
Hillsborough School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $2,095 MM $159 MM
Hillsborough School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $2,914,237 $13,793
Hillsborough School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $3,203,110 $15,882
Hillsborough School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Blake Senior High School is a high school in Tampa, Florida, USA that was first opened in September of 1956 in honor of Howard W. Blake, a prominent alumni of Florida A&M, who strongly believed in the importance of educating young people.
  • Blake was originally open to only African-American students in the Tampa area as one of the two black schools during segregation in Tampa, the other being its current rival school Middleton High School. After Tampa integrated the schools, Blake was shut down until 1997. Upon re-opening in 1997, the school added a magnet program for the visual, communication and performing arts. The magnet program has continued to make headlines and win countless awards within each of its departments over the years.
  • Blake also boasts a strong academic curriculum, featuring over 15 Advanced Placement programs in which nearly all of the classes score higher on their AP tests than the National average. Blake has a reputation of being a somewhat dangerous school, such as in the 2005-2006 school year when a knife was rumored to be on campus and also, later in the same school year, a riot broke out off campus before school, gang related. Nine student were arrested and expelled.
  • Blake's current principal is Ms. Jaqueline Haynes. It is well know for its Musical Theater, Acting, Drama, Journalism, Creative Writing, Art, Voice, Costume Design, Music (Band, Chorus, Orchestra) and Dance departments.
  • Mission: The mission of Howard W. Blake High School is to guide all students to achieve their full potential in academics and the arts within an interactive environment. Blake High School will partner with students to attain the highest level achievement in the academics and the arts.
  • Liberal Arts versus Performing Arts: The Magnet Program was designed to bring more students from the suburban areas in Tampa into the inner city, where the school is located. Otherwise Howard W. Blake would not have had as much diversity in its students. Some have argued though, that the magnet program even though it's supposed to promote diversity still manages to separate students into different groups. Students that are bussed in to Blake because it is the school that is assigned to their area are Liberal Arts students. The majority of them being black and latino students that live in the surrounding area and are lower middle class or below. Fine Arts students are bussed in from all over Hillsborough county. These students, for the most part, are caucasian. A fine art student can go through four years of high school without taking more than 6 classes with a liberal art student and vice versa. This has lead to division within the student body into these two different groups.
  • Accelerated Education: Blake Accelerated Curriculum Program is an online high school magnet program in the School District of Hillsborough County. Our is one of seven franchises of Florida Virtual School. Our online program has certified teachers that are innovative and motivated to teach in an online format. This program allows students to complete about 95% of their coursework online. Students only report to campus for midterms, final exams, tutoring, and other testing settings. Students can actually customize their education to become accelerated or to just accommodate their needs. Some students accelerate their high school career by 1-2 years early.
  • Creative Writing and Yellow Jacket Press: Yellow Jacket Press is produced by the Journalism Department at Blake School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida. The Creative Writing Department (a different Department from the Journalism Department) is home to the Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. The participants in this contest include students of Blake and professional poets and writers from all around the state of Florida. Visit the Yellow Jackets press web page click here.
  • Performing Arts: The performing arts program provides a structured opportunity for the study of drama, musical theatre and technical theatre as primary divisions of art and literature, the performance and production of plays, and the personal growth and development of the individual.
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Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Brewster Technical Center (0.6 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Stewart Middle Magnet School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Just Elementary School (0.3 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended May 16, 2011 - Our son is the one who actually chose to apply for the music program at Blake, as my wife and I knew very little about the school. After talking to several people, most in the music field, we agreed with our son. He is in both the marching band and the symphony band, and is loving every minute of it. Since he wants to be more into the writing and producing area of music, he is taking music theory. He is only a freshman, but he has learned a lot in that short period. My wife and I are band booster members and have a great time working with the kids, and the other parents as well. We believe that the education our son is receiving at Blake High school is going to help him get into a quality college program, and also has helped him meet some new friends that are some fine young people. I would strongly recommend Blake High school to anyone. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended January 17, 2011 - this is one of the top school for any young adult to come and get the best if not superior music education! - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended May 03, 2010 - Worst school in Hillsborough County. Magnet program is simply a new name for integration. - Posted by Parent

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