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John Oliva receives a standing ovation at Jesuit High School’s President’s Mass and Breakfast on Aug. 27 after it was announced the school’s courtyard would be named in his honor.
John Oliva receives a standing ovation at Jesuit High School’s President’s Mass and Breakfast on Aug. 27 after it was announced the school’s courtyard would be named in his honor.
Published Aug. 31, 2017

JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL

The school's ongoing renovations will feature a new Fine and Performing Arts Center, and its administration building and courtyard will be named for two of its most noted alumni and supporters.

School president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. announced on Sunday (Aug. 27), during the annual President's Mass & Breakfast, that the arts center will be the centerpiece of its Phase II plans.

The Phase I plans will feature Gonzmart Hall, an administration building named for Columbia Restaurants president Richard Gonzmart. Gonzmart, a 1971 graduate, launched the silent phase of the school's $40 million capital campaign with a $1 million donation in 2013. He upped his contribution to $2.5 million in 2015.

The school's new Chapel of the Holy Cross at the heart of the campus, will be connected to Gonzmart Hall by the John Oliva Family Courtyard, named in honor of the school's 1960 graduate.

Also planned in future developments is a collegiate-style student activities center and dining hall, and a new science and math building that will be named in honor of 1975 graduate Richard Stephen Jenkins. Jenkins and his wife, Carole, made a $2.5 million donation to the school last year.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Parent University, a series of free informational sessions that support the academic life and success of K-12 students, kicks off the 2017-18 year from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 at Jefferson High School, 4401 Cypress St. Parents can meet with magnet school, middle school and community resource representatives. Free childcare with advanced registration is provided through the school's HOST program. For more information, visit all4schools.org/hillsborough.

ROBINSON HIGH

With the help of AT&T's It Can Wait campaign, students, district and community leaders gathered in the school's auditorium to hear powerful messages about the dangers of distracted driving. Principal Robert Bhoolai made a passionate plea to students at the school assembly.

"I have signed this pledge and I promise to you that I will uphold this pledge every day of my life because it's that important. We all have families at home. The goal is, we want all of you to get home to them."

According to the Annual Estimate of Cell Phone Crashes 2012 Report published by the National Safety Council, texting while driving was estimated to be involved in 200,000+ vehicle crashes in 2012, often involving injuries and deaths. As of December 2016, the movement achieved more than 15 million pledges from drivers to never drive distracted since 2010.

For more information about AT&T's It Can Wait campaign, visit: itcanwait.com

TAMPA BAY TECH

Students from the school's Commercial Art Academy earned 10 awards after submitting their design work in the Printing Association of Florida's Florida Print Awards, the state's most prestigious graphic arts competition. Tech students won five "Best of Category," two "Awards of Excellence" and three judges awards. Submissions from CAA went up against students competing from junior colleges and four-year universities.