Sickles High School

Sickles High School

Infobox School
name = Walter L. Sickles High School
streetaddress = 7950 Gunn Highway
city = Tampa
state = Florida
zipcode = 33626
country = USA
principal = Jake Russell [ School Information ] ]
grades = 9-12
campus =
campus size =
campus type =
mascot = Gryphon
sports = Basketball, softball, ice hockey, track & field, cross country, football, Wrestling
school_colours = green, gray and white
opened = 1997
students =
pupils = over 2800
homepage = []

Walter L. Sickles High School is a secondary school located in Tampa, Florida, USA. [ [ School Information ] ]


Sickles High School opened in August 1997. It is an "A" school, [ [ Sickles High School Test Scores - Tampa, Florida - FL ] ] led by Principal Jake Russell.

Attendance is over 2800 students; the class of 2007 was the largest class to graduate from Sickles to date. The class of 2008 was the largest in Hillsborough County.Fact|date=November 2007


Wall of Sound

The Wall of Sound consists of three concert bands (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble), 2 Jazz Ensembles and a 185-member Marching Band.Fact|date=August 2008 According to Principal Jake Russell, the Wall of sound is the pride and joy of Sickles High School.Fact|date=August 2008 Steadily growing since the school opened in 1997, The Wall of Sound continually strives to present fun and entertaining half-time performances for the Sickles High School football games. In 2008, the Wind Ensemble received an overall 'Excellent' at states, a first state appearance for the Wall of Sound.Fact|date=August 2008 The Sickles Drumline is the most featured attraction at any event. Consisting of an elite group of drummers, the only way to make it on the "line" is to participate in the summer auditions and to appease Watson and Cliff, as they have the final say in these matters.


In the past years the Sickles High school orchestra has made straight superiors at the annual MPA and has scored highly at States.Fact|date=November 2007 Many members of the Sickles orchestra participate in the UT music program; about 95% of Sickles student who try out are successful.Fact|date=November 2007


The Walter L. Sickles High School sports program is a comprehensive extracurricular model that includes all major sports played in Hillsborough County.


2006 record- (0-10)(0-3):2007 record- (7-3)(2-1):The Sickles High School football team made it to playoffs for the first time in their 2007 season. The first playoff game was @ Gaither, even though the Gryphons lost, the team posted a 7-3 regular season record, which is the best the school has ever done.


In Fall of 2007, the Sickles Volleyball Team broke the "Countryside Curse" and won the District Championship Game.


In 2006 the Boys' Basketball team posted a 24-4 record, won the district 6A-7 Championship, and hosted their first ever FHSAA state regional quarterfinal game against Lakeland High School.Fact|date=November 2007 In 2007, they repeated this feat as district 6A-7 champs.Fact|date=November 2007 Beating Sarasota High at home they won their first state tournament in 7 years.Fact|date=November 2007 They then played Dr. Phillips High (Orlando) and, after losing, finished with a record of 19-8. 2008 brought another District 6A-7 championnship to Sickles. They, however, lost their first round game to Plant City High School.

Cross Country

The team won the Boys' 2006 district and regional titles in class 4A, placing 7th at state level.


The team has won the state title 6A championship once.

Ice Hockey

In 2006, the Hockey Team won the Florida State High School Ice Hockey Championship held at the St. Pete Times Forum (Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning).Fact|date=November 2007 In Combined State Championships Nicholas Frasse a senior at Sickles had nine goals and twelve points leading his team along with Austin Bubley a Gaither Junior and Greg Pyle a Sickles Junior. They played their regular seasons for a few years at the Brandon Ice Rink but moved to a more competitive league at the TBSA rink in Oldsmar in 2007.

In 2007, the Combined Gaither/Sickles Ice Hockey Team won the SAHOF Combined State Hockey Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum.Fact|date=November 2007

Track & Field

In 2007, the Girls' Track and Field team won their fourth straight district title, while the boys' team placed third overall.Fact|date=November 2007


Is the best in hillsborough country, skyler woods went to States, 2008

Notable alumni

* Melissa McGhee '03, American Idol Season 5 contestantFact|date=August 2008


* [ School website]
* [ Sickles High School Bands Website]


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