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Recognize the famous faces in these Tampa Bay yearbook photos?

Celebrities, politicians and business leaders went to high school locally, and we have the pictures to prove it.
Published Jun. 28, 2019

We recently spent time visiting Tampa Bay schools tracking down yearbooks for some of the many prominent people who went to high school in the Tampa Bay area.

We found and photographed several dozen yearbook pages, ranging back to the 1950s, for people who left the area to become professional athletes, movie stars or well known musicians and entertainers.

But we didn’t limit it to only those who’ve gone on to become nationally or globally famous. We rounded up photos for local politicians and business people who will be familiar anyone who knows Tampa Bay.

How many of these people do you recognize by their high school yearbook photos? The year listed is the year that the photo was taken, not necessarily the year the person graduated. Click on the photo to reveal their name, and what they look like today.

Movies, TV, stage and beyond

Photos: Courtesy of Gaither High School and Matt Sayles | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Courtesy of Tampa Catholic and Evan Agostini | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Evan Agostini | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Rich Fury | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Times and Monica Herndon | Times
Photos: Times and Donald Traill | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and John Shearer | Invision for Entertainment Weekly via Associated Press
Photos: Christopher Spata and Scott Keeler | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata and Boyzell Hosey | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Jordan Strauss | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and WTVT Fox 13
Photos: Courtesy Gibbs High School and Evan Agostini | Invision via Associated Press

Politics

Photos: Christopher Spata and Monica Herndon | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Courtesy of Charlie Crist
Photos: Christopher Spata and Octavio Jones | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata and Scott Keeler | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata and Luis Santana | Times
Photos: Courtesy of Jefferson High School and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata and Octavio Jones | Times
Photos: Times
Photos: Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times

Music

Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Robb D. Cohen | Invision via Associated Press
Photos: Times

Sports

Photos: Christopher Spata and Chris Urso | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photo: Courtesy of Tampa Catholic and Mary Altaffer | Associated Press
Photos: Courtesy of Tampa Catholic and Times
Photos: Courtesy of Mirca Nahir and Dirk Shadd | Times
Photos: Times and Roy Dabner | Associated Press
Photos: Christopher Spata | Times and Times
Photos: Times and Dirk Shadd | Times
Photos: Times

Business

Photos: Christopher Spata and Luis Santana | Times
Photos: Christopher Spata and John Pendygraft | Times
Photos: Clearwater Public Library and Times
Photos: Christopher Spata and Scott Keeler | Times
Contact Christopher Spata at cspata@tampabay.com or follow @SpataTimes. Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.
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