Established in 1885, Hillsborough High was the county's first public school. Its original location was on Franklin…More Street. A new building was constructed in 1910 on Columbus Drive, and the current building was erected in 1927. The school colors are red and black, and the mascot is the terrier.
Hillsborough High is home to Florida's oldest high school newspaper, The Red & Black, which was established in 1889. The student-edited newspaper has received numerous awards, including honors from the National Scholastic Press Association and the Florida Scholastic Press Association.
Hillsborough High serves a multi-ethnic student population from a predominantly lower income community. Approximately 34 percent are black, 27 percent are Hispanic, 29 percent are white and 10 percent are Native American, Asian or mixed race. In addition, approximately 63 percent of students come from economically disadvantaged homes. About 13.5 percent are classified as students with disabilities, 7 percent are classified as English-language learners and 27 percent are gifted.
Hillsborough High offers a traditional academic program and an International Baccalaureate program. The school participates in the Teacher Incentive Fund, which provides additional compensation for teachers and administrators at high-needs schools who are deemed effective. The school was voted one of the top 100 schools in the country in 2010 by Newsweek magazine.
This school was built in 1906 by neighborhood volunteers as Michigan Avenue Grammar School. In 1943, Michigan…More Avenue was renamed Columbus Drive and the school was renamed Robert E. Lee Elementary. The school was extensively renovated in 1989, and the Tampa Preservation Society awarded recognition to the architects.
In 1993, the school converted to Hillsborough County's first elementary magnet school and was renamed Lee Elementary School of Technology. The building was again renovated to provide a school-wide computer network, a computer lab, a music tech lab, an art tech lab and a video production center.
In 2005, it was again renamed, this time as Lee Elementary School of Technology/World Studies. The school expanded its theme to include a world studies curriculum. Each grade studies a different continent.
Each spring, students organize the "Taste of Lee/International Marketplace." They share information from their studies with visitors and parents, who enjoy a dinner in the "International Cafe" and bid in a silent auction.
The school colors are royal blue and gold, and the school mascot is Traveller, Robert E. Lee's horse.