PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR: Janet Kelly
Phone: (813) 651-2110
Fax: (813) 651-2114
Student Hours: 7:40AM to 1:55 PM
Uniforms: Yes - Hugo Schmidt is a Mandatory uniform school.
Tops are Red, White, or Navy Blue – Polo Style Tops
Bottoms can be Khaki or Navy, Denim (No frays or holes)
Before School Program: Yes
After School Program: Yes
History of Hugo Schmidt Elementary
Hugo Schmidt Elementary School is named after a community leader in the Tampa Bay Area, Hugo Schmidt Sr. He visits our school and is an inspiration to all the teachers and students at our school.
Hugo Schmidt Sr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 5, 1920, where his father was a naval officer. He moved to Tampa at the age of 8. He attended Gorrie Elementary School, Wilson Middle School, and H.B. Plant High School. In his senior year he attended Sevren, a naval prep school, where he graduated with honors. In 1937 he attended Princeton University for one year before being accepted into the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. He graduated from the Naval Academy in December of 1941, just a week after Pearl Harbor was attacked and America entered World War II. Mr. Hugo Schmidt entered the Navy as an Ensign and retired from the Navy in 1947 as a Lieutenant Commander.
Mr. Schmidt began his own very successful wholesale building supply business. He served on the Hillsborough County School Board from 1967 to 1976, serving as chairman twice. During the time Mr. Schmidt was on the board, desegregation was initiated in Hillsborough County. His leadership helped our district to be a hallmark in accomplishing this huge task.
Mr. Hugo Schmidt and his wife Mrs. Louise Schmidt have four children. Mrs. Schmidt was a teacher and her grandfather was Superintendent of Schools. Dickenson Elementary School was named in his honor. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt's four children are all graduates of Hillsborough County Schools. Three members of the family chose careers in education. Mr. Schmidt is the proud grandfather of eleven grandchildren.
Mr. Schmidt has been very involved in his community through the Tampa Chamber of Commerce where he served as president from 1982 to 1983. He was past president of the Committee of One Hundred, the Exchange Club of Tampa, and past Vice President and Director of Tampa Philharmonic Association, Counselor at Tampa University and served on the committee of Research and Development for the University of South Florida. He has always been very involved in his church, Hyde Park United Methodist. It is a great honor to have such a distinguished and accomplished citizen as the name sake of our school. His gentle way and passion for education have endeared him to the staff and students of Hugo Schmidt Elementary.