Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
George Washington Junior High School
As early as 1903, Tampa began constructing brick schools that displayed a variety of regional architectural styles. By 1915, masonry construction replaced the mainstay of wood frame construction as witnessed in the nearly 300 area cigar factories. The George Washington Junior High School was designed by D.F. Hagy and Frank Iredell as a symmetrical, three-story, 41-room structure that exhibited an "E-shaped" plan consisting of a principal large central block with three lateral classroom wings. The traditional five-bay red brick building had a slightly projecting middle section featuring large brick piers at either end. Mediterranean Revival ornamentation evident in the
The impetus for the construction of the George Washington Junior High School occurred when Tampa was transitioning from a rural agricultural community to a booming city with and industrial economy. Henry B. Plant and other prominent landowners established new business interests that were crucial to area development and resulted in an influx of workers and their families in Tampa. One industry was cigar manufacturing. This industry brought a rich cultural mix of people to Ybor City and West Tampa who held a deep understanding and value of public education, the foundation for cultivating a better way of life. The George Washington Junior High School primarily served the children west of the Hillsborough River whose families had settled into the nearby new suburban developments of Tampa Heights and Seminole Heights, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The years spent at the school prepared students for their transition into the new Hillsborough County High School. The importance placed on education corresponded with a dramatic increase in the construction of quality schools.
Tampa Bay developed into a metropolitan commuter area that had to accommodate
This marker commemorates the historic George Washington Junior High School, a representation
January 15, 1926 photograph by the Burgert Brothers, Tampa, Florida
August, 2001 photograph by Janus Research, Tampa, Florida
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical date for this entry is January 15, 1926.
Location. 27° 58.005′ N, 82° 27.106′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East Columbus Drive west of North Nebraska Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the south side of East Columbus Drive, between Nebraska Avenue and the I-275 overpass. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Buffalo Soldiers in Tampa Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); German-American Club (approx. ¼ mile away); El Centro Asturiano de Tampa (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cueto Boarding House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old People's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greater New Salem Primitive Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); El Circulo Cubano (approx. half a mile away); Attempt On The Life Of Jose Marti (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the western face of a red brick bus stop shelter topped with a heptagonal cupola and featuring arched window openings and an arched doorway accented with yellow brick. The shelter is constructed in a style reminiscent of the George Washington Junior High building. A bench inside the shelter offers seating to those who await the #15 HART bus (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit).
At the time of the marker's entry into this database, it had been partially painted over by vandals.
Regarding George Washington Junior High School. The field to the south and west of the bus shelter
George Washington Junior High School was home of the "Fighting Tigers".
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Also see . . .
1. George Washington Jr. High School. Website dedicated to preserving the history of Tampa's George Washington Jr. High School, with photos. (Submitted on July 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
2. George Washington Junior High School Reunion. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Doris Rumore of Tampa, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Fighting Tigers, Malfunction Junction, HART, Bus Stop
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,506 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.