Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Halls of Tradition

Education Channel to premiere latest 'Halls of Tradition' Oct. 4
on July 21 2008

The Education Channel will premiere its latest locally produced documentary, "Halls of Tradition: Hillsborough High School" at 3:00 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 in cooperation with the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association and the Hillsborough High School Alumni Association as part of Hillsborough High School's Homecoming festivities.

The documentary covers the history of Hillsborough High School from its meager 4 student graduating class in 1886 to its current astounding gothic structure on North Central Avenue in Seminole Heights. These beautiful hallowed halls have been the educational incubator for more than 38,000 alumni and is one of the oldest high schools in the South and the oldest high school in Hillsborough County.

Celebrated alumni featured in the program include: baseball greats Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield, country singer Slim Whitman, the father of drag racing Don Garlits as well as several City of Tampa Mayors.

Superintendent of Hillsborough Public Schools, Mary Ellen Elia and architect, Larry Wilder help establish the context for why the legions of alumni who have graduated from Hillsborough High School speak of it with such reverence. While alumni such as Dr. Braulio Alonzo, class of '35, Art Maynor, class of '46 and Judy Dery, class of '62 fill in the intimate details of being a student under its roof.

From the bronze terrier mascot to the striking clock tower that all alumni remember with pride, this documentary is a must see for them, as well as for those interested in Tampa's history, education, athletics, architecture and community spirit.

Following the premiere on Oct. 4th the documentary will be available only on The Education Channel, channel 614 on Bright House and 32 on Verizon. The Education Channel, Explorer Channel and Independents' Film Festival are services of Tampa Educational Cable Consortium (TECC). The Education Channel (703 N Willow Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606) is a non profit, non commercial television station whose mission is to invigorate the intellectual climate of community life in Hillsborough County.

TECC is a 501 (C) (3) and is underwritten in part by the City of Tampa and the City of Plant City. For additional information about programs at The Education Channel call 254-2253 ext. 211.

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