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1701 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607

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(813) 272-3422
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October 12, 2014
My daughter attends as a magnet student, majoring in orchestra. We are thrilled with the magnet program. She gets to take three music classes a day and she loves it! We did have to change her other classes up a bit and she is/has done several high school credit classes at FLVS. But the great thing with Blake is your child can attend to get the arts education they are looking for, and then fill in some of the core classes online. It's been absolutely perfect. We are thrilled with her decision to attend Blake.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
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 .

- submitted by a community member
May 24, 2012
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

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
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!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
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!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 23, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student
December 31, 2008
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.'

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 16, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 17, 2007
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.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2007
Some teachers are overwhelmed by students, not caring that the ones that go [to]learn are not taught.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
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!

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
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.

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2007
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...

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2007
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.

- submitted by a former student
November 12, 2006
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.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2006
Weak administration, lack of discipline, poor teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2006
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.

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Blake High School is one of the worst schools you can send your child to. First, the academic grades in classes are horrible since their is ALOT of skipping classes and the students interrupt classes everyday, and not only that their are PLENTY of teachers who don't know their subjects they are teaching and to make matters worst, many teachers have to rush to teach the rest of a subject, leaving other students behind. Second, though Blake has plenty of extracurricular activities they often get cancelled or we quit as punishment due to the many students who skip class during clubs or the groups of kids who start fights during these extracurricular activities. The Safety and dispiline is horrible. Kids skip, fight, cuss out teachers, and even through things at them. There is no parental involvement in Blake High, otherwise maybe students would show more respect toward the school and teachers.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 12, 2006
The Magnet school part of Blake High works wonderfully offering advantages in the creative fields. Students in the AP programs are well prepared for college classes. There are only 4 block schedule classes though which leads you to hard choices if you are college bound and must always devote 1/4 of time to a performing art to stay in the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
Blake has an outstanding traditional and magnet program.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I am not a parent but I was a student at Blake. The school was great and was a great atmosphere to be around all those bright and talented young men and women.

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2005
I had reservations about sending my child to Blake. Especially Academics. I have found that if you keep your child in the GAP and AP classes the academics are excellent. Art and Music are above excellent, and the Theatre program is OK.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
My daughter graduated from blake this year. I am so glad she is out of there! she was in the performing arts magnet side, which was a fairly good experience. But the academics are terrible! She struggled through all four years. I always gave her the option of changing schools, but she chose to stay because of the music program. It is very sad to see my very talented daughter now have to struggle in college because of the academic teachers at blake. I will never recommend anyone sending their child to blake. The administration is rude and unhelpful, except for mr. Z. I was always treated with respect by him, but was treated very poorly by the staff in the offices and the others in the administration. One more thing, rules were made to be ignored!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2005
Blake High School ranks quite well with availability of advanced classes like AP and honors courses. The school also has a very high quality program for the arts including successful Theatre, Music and visual arts programs. The arts programs require an audition, interview and/or portfolio to gain acceptance to the specialized programs and some are quite selective. However, in my opinion the programs do offer college level training. Within the art programs most areas either require or prefer some amount of extra-curricular participation. For example, there are always plays, musicals, gallery showing, concerts, readings, and dance showcases happening almost weekly. Both the liberal arts and the arts program students have the opportunity to play sports, audition for shows, take honors and AP, cheerleading, service clubs like KEY servicee club and NHS, but only fine arts students may take fine arts classes. Parent involvment is limited but growing.

- submitted by a former student
no rating July 27, 2005
Public Performing & Visual arts high school: excellent. Academically: don't know. Diversity high. Qualifications of theatre and musical theatre teachers high. Parent involvement in arts program portion of school, adequate to excellent depending upon the class.

- submitted by a teacher
July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 27, 2005
The extracirriculars, arts, etc are fantastic at this school, but as in any school the teachers sometimes fluctuate sometimes you get the good sometimes the bad, but overall I love this school!!!

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2005
Excellent performing arts curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 16, 2005
Blakes perfoming arts program is above the rest. Therefore, i have been looking at sending my daughter there so she can grow, as my nephew has.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
blake high school has possibly the worst administration in the state. as a former student, i encourage parents not to send their children there. during my tenure,the television program at blake had a new teacher per semester for my first two years, before hiring a former english teacher who didnt know how to use the equipment, and never took any tv classes while in college herself! also during my four years. these are only a few of the reasons why your child will be severly hindered if you send them to this horrible school. the schools bad grade was not the students fault, a middle school no less than 100 yards away got an 'A'. dont send your kids here.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2004
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Blake High School
1701 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL  33607
(813) 272-3422
Last modified Blake High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Blake High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top