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Leon High School

Leon High School
550 East Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, Florida, 32308
United States
Type Public coeducational secondary
Established 1831
School district Leon County Schools
Principal Billy Epting
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2064[1]
Color(s) Red and White
Mascot Leo the Lion
Newspaper The Leon High Life
Yearbook The Lion's Tale

Leon High School in 2008

Leon High School
Leon High School is located in Florida
Architect T.A. Monk, M. Leo Elliot
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
Governing body Local government
NRHP Reference # 93000982[2]
Added to NRHP September 21, 1993

Leon High School is a public high school in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a part of Leon County Schools. For the 2007–08 school year, the Florida Department of Education gave the school an "A" rating after its students scored well above the state average on standardized tests in reading and in math. Leon also offers twenty-two Advanced Placement courses; a standard that further distinguishes Leon High in the county, state, and country.[3] Leon High School as the 110th best public high school in Newsweek's list of 1,000 Best High Schools in America[4] in the 2004-2005 school year. Leon High School is also a school in Leon County, Texas just south of Jewett, Texas on Highway 79.


  • History 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Leon High School 1910

Leon High School has always been a part of Tallahassee history, and is one of the oldest high schools in the country. It was founded 14 years before Florida entered into statehood. It was originally founded as Leon Academies in 1831 in Tallahassee, Florida, Leon County and helped shape education in the Capital City. Later in 1903 it would become the Leon County Graded and High School, which was originally set as the first public high school for whites on the corner of Duval, Tennessee and Bronough Streets.

In 1911, a need for more room for the growing student population led to the construction of a second Leon High School where the LeRoy Collins Public Library now stands.

The current building at 550 East Tennessee Street was built in controversy. Built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for $500,000, citizens thought the high school was too expensive, too far out of town and much too big with the three stories. The architect was M. Leo Elliott, designer of many public buildings of merit, including the Old Jail on East Gaines Street in Tallahassee.[5] The builder was Thomas Monk, who built dozens of high schools and commercial buildings around Florida, including the Monk Building in downtown Bradenton, renovated in 2000. In Tallahassee, Monk also built the Mayo Building in the Capital area, and a house in Los Robles for his daughter and son-in-law.


Leon High School's mascot is the Lion, and their colors are red and white. They were one of the 29 original member schools of the FHSAA. They have been a member of the Association since it formed in 1920. Leon has teams in the following FHSAA sports:[6]

  • Basketball (boys & girls)
  • Baseball (boys)
    • State champions - 1940, 1944, 1951, 1998[7]
  • Competitive cheer (girls)
  • Cross Country (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champions - 1969, 2007, 2008, 2009[8]
    • Girls state champions - 1977, 1978, 1986, 1987, 1988[9]
  • Flag football (girls)
  • Football (boys)
    • State champions - 1969, 1974[10]
  • Golf (boys & girls)
  • Lacrosse (boys)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champions - 1988[11]
  • Softball (girls)
  • Swimming and Diving (boys & girls)
  • Track and Field (boys & girls)
  • Tennis (boys & girls)
  • Volleyball (girls)
    • State champions - 2011[12]
  • Weightlifting (boys & girls)

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Leon High School - Tallahassee, Florida - FL - School overview
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ Leon High at
  4. ^ "newsweek". 
  5. ^ Lindsay Brown; Vivian Young; Barbara E. Mattick (August 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Leon High School" (PDF).   Photos
  6. ^ "Leon Lions". C2C Schools LLC. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "BASEBALL 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. pp. 2–5. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "BOYS CROSS COUNTRY 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. pp. 2–4. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 5. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "FOOTBALL 2013-14 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 2. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "BOYS SOCCER 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 2. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "GIRLS VOLLEYBALL 2015-16 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 4. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 

External links

  • Leon High School Website
  • Leon County School Board
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