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Principal Named for District’s First New High School Built in 10 Years

September 10, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (September 10, 2019) – At Tuesday’s School Board meeting, Dave Brown was named the principal of “High School TTT,” as it’s known for planning purposes. Mr. Brown is currently the principal of Strawberry Crest High School, the last new high school built in Hillsborough County back in 2009.

"High School TTT” is scheduled to open in Fall 2020, in the fast-growing area of southeastern Hillsborough County. It will be the first new high school to open in more than ten years in our district.

Mr. Brown (Photo of Dave Brown) was born and raised in Tampa and is a product of Hillsborough County Public Schools, graduating from Robinson High School in 1983. After high school, he attended the University of South Florida and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He earned his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in 1997 from Nova Southeastern University

Mr. Brown began his teaching career in 1991 as a social studies teacher at Bloomingdale High School. Mr. Brown has a long history of opening new high schools in our district, including being appointed as the first Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Freedom High School in 2002. Then in 2009, he was given the professional opportunity of a lifetime, as he was appointed the inaugural Principal of Strawberry Crest High School.

For the past 5 years, Strawberry Crest’s graduation rate has been over 95%, and their I.B. Diploma Earning Rate has been over 97%.

Construction is booming in South Hillsborough County with thousands of students expected to be entering our schools over the next 3-5 years. The high schools in that area are already near or over capacity. Currently, Lennard High School has 24 portables on campus. The school is designed for 2,500 students and currently has an enrollment of more than 3,100. In addition, more than 900 students are projected to move into Lennard’s current school boundaries in the next few years.

Mr. Brown will begin working out of a portable on the school’s campus as the construction of the school continues. He will begin the process of hiring staff and providing information to future families.


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