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About This School

Blake High School-Magnet is a public high school in Tampa. The principal of Blake High School-Magnet is Ms. Jackie Haynes. 1,746 students attend Blake High School-Magnet and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Blake High School-Magnet students are "limited in English proficiency." 57% of the 1,746 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Blake High School-Magnet is 16:1. Tampa Preparatory School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 38%
Hispanic 25% 33%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Asian 0.7% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 57%
Limited English proficiency 7% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    As A Current Freshman and Creative Writing Major...Blake Is A FANTASTIC school to offer your child to perfect and expand your childs talents with different levels of major and not to forget the additional after school activities it Blake offers.BEEN A SMOOTH RUN I'm also really impressed with are Teachers & Staff that put in so much time and effort to make sure we are successful in what were learning whether regular or honors student the teachers at blake teach to max not to mentain are AP's are pretty awesome .

  • (2 years ago)

    Just recently discovered that one of my kids attending Blake High School was on the School Teacher s intranet web site. He did not know that I was watching what he was doing. He was updating all the grades. He gave himself all A . For all his classes. I also discovered that all the kids are passing the password to the intranet web site and updating all of their grades. Many kids are graduation this week have done this and are all an A grade students but not really they are all cheaters. How can a teacher be so careless and not keep a log of the password property. I also discovered that the password has been passed around for a while. So many of the students are on their way to graduation next week. The school system needs to stop the graduation and analyses the grades. It s a shame to call Blake High school a Magnet school. Not really proud of the education in this county any ways. I give Blake High School an F

  • (3 years ago)

    I was (sadly) a student of Howard W. Blake High School for all four years of my high school life graduated in 2008. I was actually looking forward to learning about all of the wonderful things that musical theatre had to offer and hoped to make new friends. None of these things happened. Every single magnet student thought they were Gods gift and the teachers refused to teach because of disruptions from the neighborhood project kids. Because I didn't want to follow the cliques and do my own thing I was rejected from my fellow classmates. And the segregation was horrible! There would be debates on whose rights were more important Black or Gay. I actually refused to go to my graduation and walk with my class because I was so fed up having wasted four years of my life there. If your son or daughter has an interest in the arts and they want to further their education in it I highly recommend your local community theatres music teachers who know what they're talking about and actually going to college to major in their study of interest. There they will meet people with the same goals and they can better your child's talents and gifts.

  • (4 years ago)

    When I went there a couple years back I had the time of my life it's a pretty cool school and its very clean too!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    If your kids are in to any kinds of art this would be the school for them! This is a great school thats why I have my two daughters going there for fashion design and photogragh. This is one of the best schools ever!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I was a student at Blake for three years and I have to say if it wasnt for the dumb gangbangers at the school and the projects across the street this would have actually been a pretty good school. Sadly though there is alot of segregation amongst the students. The preps performing arts and magnet kids thought they were gods answer to cancer nothing was ever blamed on them and the administration treated them like little angels. There were also the gangbangers ghetto or blame retarded students that ruined everything for everyone. Due to them fighting every single day over stuff as stupid as a stolen chair (when there were hundreds of empty ones around them) and fighting over jelly packets. Bottom line dont send your kids there unless you want them to suffer for four years.

  • (5 years ago)

    All of my children are the products of the Magnet School program. My third child is attending Blake following in the footsteps of his siblings. We have had a few less than ideal experiences with some teachers who 'didn't make the grade ' but the staff and faculty have always been very open and welcome to my concerns and have taken immediate steps to address them. My biggest disappointment with my children's education has been having to split the campus between teh Liberal Arts and Performing Arts Magnet program. This caused the school to move from 'Block' classes where the students got a year's curriculum to the standard 8 classes. This has forced some of their Magnet and Performing Arts focus to be diminished. It also caused the shcool's over-all grade to fall something they are still driving to recover. Unfortunately this is all the product of 'school choice.'

  • (5 years ago)

    I loved Blake High! I was always welcomed there and I still consider it my second home. They can't be beat when it comes to their Arts program.

  • (6 years ago)

    Our fourth child is now attending Blake following in the footsteps of her 3 siblings. We have been very pleased with each of our children's experiences. Those who have graduated over the years have all represented the top of their classes graduating with honors and going on to achieve great things at major universities in Florida. The magnet program is solid and while a few of their educators have been inferior most have been outstanding in their academic fields. The smaller class sizes are a real advantage allowing for more interaction with classmates and teacher. Nothing can compare to the Performing Arts Dept - they are above all else! However if you think you can send your child to Blake and not enroll yourself then Blake is not for you your child or your family. Going to Blake is a family affair.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Blake is a great school. A lot of people are saying the academics are bad but I have more AP classes available here than I would've had if I had gone to my traditional school. I have only seen one minor fight and I feel safe at school. My classes all run smoothly and the teachers are great. I think I'm doing a lot better here than I would've done at a traditional school especially within my major. I am learnin a lot more than my friends who chose to go to a traditional school. Blake is a great school but I think it has a bad reputation because of it's location. It is getting better every single day.

  • (6 years ago)

    Some teachers are overwhelmed by students not caring that the ones that go [to]learn are not taught.

  • (6 years ago)

    Blake High School is not for everyone. My child has thrived there. She is in AP/Advanced classes. The teachers really seem to care. Many have PhDs. There are lots of AP classes available for the college bound students. Going to a magnet school is a huge commitment for the entire family. If your child gets involved in the extra curricular activities transportation can be a challenge. However; if you have a child who is creative and artistic they will be surrounded by kids who appreciate their uniqueness and talent. Kids at this school are not expected to fit in to some social label like at a regular school. I would appreciate a little more help from the guidance department as we start to make college decisions.

  • (6 years ago)

    The quality of the teachers of gone up gradually as far as academics however there is still need for much improvment. Now when it comes to the actual performing arts techer - top of the line!

  • (7 years ago)

    Great place if all you want to do is concentrate on performing arts. However my daughter decided she also wanted a strong academic experience. Unfortunately with the exception of one or two classes Blake was not even close to fitting the bill. Almost everyday she came home with stories of kids fighting or disrupting class (in what were supposed to be honors and AP classes) lax teachers and just a general atmosphere of random chaos. There were always safety concerns as well. Eventually she decided that although the performing arts emphasis was great she was falling behind academically so she had to get out. I didn't try to influence her decision but was fairly happy about it as I was definitely underwhelmed by the administration as well. Blake is not the place where students motivated about academics are nurtured.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student currently attending Blake. The pros of Blake are having the best arts program in the county(orchestra band theatre etc.) while the cons are the lack of discipline of the students and almost zero parental involvement(most likely due to being an inner city school). All in all Blake is a great school if you have yourself or your child enrolled in the magnet program.

  • (7 years ago)

    Howard W. Blake High School located in the West Tampa area is the best school you can send your child to. The administration staff is great... Principal Haynes is the nicest lady you can meet! Both the Traditional and Magnet Program is great too...

  • (7 years ago)

    Amazing experience there... though it had some ups and downs the magnet part makes up for it. I think the only reason I attend Princeton University right now is because of the preparation and well roundedness I acquired while at Blake.

  • (7 years ago)

    To begin with I am a current senior at Blake at the top of my class. As with most experiences in life high school is what you make it to be. Certainly I have had my fair share of unpleasant experiences but that is not what defines this school. While I am very excited about moving on to college and the new experiences I will have there I recognize that I am lucky to have gone to Blake instead of my local high school. I have had some very inspiring teachers both academic and artistic. I also feel fortunate that I was able to go to a school that fosters individuality. This is not a school of cliques and superficiality but one where you can feel free to explore your interests and express yourself within a loving community of diverse individuals.

  • (7 years ago)

    Weak administration lack of discipline poor teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am currently a senior in the visual arts program. Blake High has been an excellent experience and I know that it was the right choice for me. Some of my best classes at Blake have been the academic classes and I love the diversity of my school. Though we had difficult years the administration has stepped up the discipline and the change is noticeable and appreciated by the upperclassmen. The atmosphere at Blake high school is a unique one and I highly recommend attending to anyone who wants to get away from the typical high school mindset.

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