King High School
King High School serves 1,748 students in grades 9-12.
King High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Florida for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 28% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 59%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 46% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 56%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Florida state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 82% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Florida state average of 62% (majority Hispanic and Black).
King High School's student population of 1,748 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
The teacher population of 105 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
King High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,628 schools in Florida (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of King High School is 0.73, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
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Overall Testing Rank
#2918 out of 3628 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education
- C. Leon King High School opened in 1960. The school was named in honor of C. Leon King, a distinguished and respected member of the Hillsborough County Board of Public Instruction for 18 years. It is located at 6815 North 56th Street, Tampa, FL 33610.
- King High School is a traditional/hybrid magnet. It has one of the three International Baccalaureate programs in Hillsborough County, Florida. The IB program of King began in July, 1993. Eighty-nine percent of IB seniors earned the IB Diploma in 2006--one of the highest rates in the United States.King High School is a traditional/hybrid magnet. It has one of the three International Baccalaureate programs in Hillsborough County, Florida. The IB program of King began in July, 1993. Eighty-nine percent of IB seniors earned the IB Diploma in 2006--one of the highest rates in the United States.
- Attendance rate in 2005 was 92%, and the Class of 2007 includes 24 National Merit semifinalists.
- Facts of interest: The King High School orchestral program has experienced great success in the last few years, and received a superior rating this year under a new director. The King Orchestra has maintained their status as the county's top orchestra program and was one of few schools in the state to receive straight superiors at State MPA.
- The King High School Marching Lions have received straight superior ratings at Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Festival for 33 consecutive years, most recently on November 4, 2006 with the theme Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
- The King High School National Honor Society is the largest chapter in the State of Florida.
- Attractor programs include Culinary Arts, Teaching Academy, and King's relationship with the University of South Florida as a Professional Development School.
- Students raised $104,132 for Relay For Life surpasing their initial goal of $96,000. Relay For Life is a night of festivities and fundraising to benefit cancer research and patients. King was the first high school in the nation to raise over $100,000. In 2005, King students raised $81,000.
- King High School's Boys Swimming team won the 2005 academic award for all of Hillsborough County Swim Teams with an average GPA of 3.539.
- The King High Football team went winless in 2005 with a record of 0 - 11.
- The King High Football team broke their 18 game losing streak by beating Gaither 11 - 15 on September 1, 2006.
- The King High Football team won their second home game, 21-14 against Brandon High School on September 15, 2006.
- Justin Rodgers took over as Director of WKHS in August 2006, following a year of success under Garrison Hamilton.Justin Rodgers took over as Director of WKHS in August 2006, following a year of success under Garrison Hamilton.
- In its first year, the Mock Trial Club was very successful, winning the two preliminary rounds at the FLREA district competition in at the Edgecomb courthouse in downtown Tampa. They placed second overall in their district, with two "Best Attorney" and one "Best Witness" award for the three rounds they participated in, including the final against Riverview High School.
- The 2005-2006 C. Leon King High School Prom King and Queen were Marshall Cone, a senior in the IB Program, and Amy Dawson, also of the IB program,respectively.
- King High School is home to one of the best Junior State of America chapters in the Southeast, consistently winning awards for superior public speaking and debating.
- The 2006 IB Senior Class achieved an 89% pass rate for the IB Diploma.
- On September 28th 2006, The senior class won the homecoming float competition. The dance took place on September 28th. The homecoming king was Senior Treece Lynch and queen Lamecha Mingo.
- In the news: It has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as being among the top 10% of all high schools in America, coming in at number 73. Its sister school, Hillsborough High School, is number 21.
- The only native Rhode Islander to graduate from King High School is Lt. Carlton Arruda, North Kingstown Police Department in Rhode Island. Lt. Arruda, a 32 year police veteran, graduated from King High in 1968 and returned to his home state shortly after graduation.
- King High Speech and Debate team does very well. At the "Winter Springs" invitational, every student that participated broke to an elimination round, and Laura Kaufman got first place in the state of Florida for International Extemporaneous Speaking. A week later, at the Yale Invitational, Stephanie Buchman broke to quarterfinals in Original Oratory and Mohammad Gardezi broke to quarterfinals in Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking.
- Ydeixi Soto and Brett Owens also won Homecoming Prince and Princess on September 30, 2006.
- Notable Alumni: Tim Crews; Derek Bell; Gary Koch; Calvin Pickering; Olympic Gold medalist 2nd baseman Ty Griffin; David Stamps; Seth Zalkin.
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