Welcome Back To School Tampa Catholic

 

 

Office of the Principal Header.pngAugust 4, 2022

Dear Tampa Catholic Parents and Students,

We are excited to welcome you back for the 2022-23 school year.  To our incoming freshmen class and to our transfer students, welcome to Tampa Catholic!  We are blessed with an amazing group of students and families and we look forward to your contributions to our community.  Our staff has worked tirelessly this summer to ensure that we have a smooth start to the school year.  We look forward to seeing our students on Monday, August 8 for the first day of school.

On September 5, 1962, Tampa Catholic welcomed her first students.  This year marks our 60th anniversary of serving the Tampa Bay area through a Christ centered, Catholic education.  We proudly carry forth on this rich tradition and we look forward to commemorating our legacy throughout this year.  We hope you will be able to join in celebrating our rich history.  We will unveil more details in the coming weeks.

Every year brings new students, new staff members and new initiatives.  Below are some initial highlights of changes or additions for the coming year:

1) Campus Ministry – We are pleased to welcome Ryan Mulligan as our full-time Campus Minister.  Ryan will be working with Fr. Xavy (Chaplain), Br. Chris Burns and our Theology teachers to provide additional faith development opportunities for our students.  We look forward to enhancing our already strong ministry program.

2) Partnership with Trademark Security Services – school security is always at the forefront of our thoughts.  The safety and security of our students is our number one priority.  Last year we increased our mental health outreach and had community patrols through 6:00 PM.  We have decided to contract with Trademark for an armed security officer during our school day.  This decision is being made with a certain degree of sadness but, in light of the current state of affairs, we feel it is prudent.  Trademark has been providing security at TC for our evening events and they will be our liaison to the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office.  They will work directly with our Dean’s Office.

3) Capital Imporvements:    

a.     The Kevin Knox II Fieldhouse is fully operational but there are still additional improvements that will be added in the coming months (trophies, Hall of Fame, lobby furniture, more graphics).  In addition, our parking lot with enhanced lighting (to be added) has been reconstructed, and a new vinyl fence on the south border has been added.

b.     Crusader Stadium has a new scoreboard and a new sound system will be added later this year.

c.     We have completely renovated our Z Space Science STEM Lab.

d.     New landscaping and cleaning contractors have been added to our maintenance team.

e.     The final construction documents are nearing completion for the Bellini Center for the Arts and we anticipate construction after completing the permitting process.

Tampa Catholic continues to be blessed with strong enrollment and interest in our school.  We expect to open the school year with approximately 725 students and all classes are at or near capacity.  We are pleased to welcome 190 freshmen to Tampa Catholic.

Important:  Please be sure you are receiving weekly updates through our electronic newsletter, the e-TC.  This is an invaluable tool to keep you up to date on all school news, events and happenings at Tampa Catholic.  The e-TC is emailed every Friday afternoon.  All enrolled families should be receiving the e-TC.  If you have not received them to date, please be sure to check your spam folder.  For more information, please contact the main office to ensure your email is properly recorded.

Enjoy your weekend and God bless you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Robert C. Lees

Principal

Tampa Catholic High School

"Veritas et Caritas"​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

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Robert Lees
Principal