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Tim Tebow laughs while answering questions from reporters during a news conference at Steinbrenner Field Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Although not in the lineup Tim Tebow took timeout from his busy schedule during game day to speak with members of the media prior to the Port St. Lucie Mets taking on the Tampa Yankees Thursday in Tampa. The Port St. Lucie Mets will play a four game series against the Tampa Yankees before heading to the Clearwater Threshers on Monday, Aug. 14 for a three game series.Full Story
TOM TOBIN | Times
Teachers and administration kicked off the new school year with a big pep rally on Thursday at Gibbs High School. The school is celebrating its 90th birthday as the high school marching band, cheerleaders and teachers greeted students on their first day of class of 2017.
ST. PETERSBURG — Students and parents arrived at Gibbs High before dawn Thursday and were greeted by a large contingent of teachers, administrators and school district officials, along with the Gibbs marching band, the Gladiators football team and cheerleaders.
The sprawling campus was bedecked in blue-and-gold balloons to mark the first day of classes.
And why not? Gibbs is celebrating its 90th year. But it was also the kind of display that principal Reuben C. Hepburn has turned into a regular feature since he arrived on the scene two years ago with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap and ramping up school spirit.
"I want our students to be able to come to a place where they know they're going to be cared for," Hepburn said. "And I want them to be prideful, I want them to be excited to display that Gladiator brand, that Gladiator logo, no matter where they go."
He said it was important to kick off the year with "something special."
The school opened in 1927 as the county's first secondary school for black students, and it remains a point of community pride for many of St. Petersburg's African American residents. …Full Story