PRINCIPAL: Kimberly Cook
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Wayne Valenti
Phone: (813) 744-8088
Fax: (813) 740-3620
Student Hours: 7:40 AM to 1:55 PM
Before School Program: Yes
After School Program: Yes
E.L. Bing Elementary School was built in 1991 and was named in honor of Mr. Elijah Lutrell Bing (deceased), a distinguished educator, principal and administrator in Hillsborough County. The original colors and mascot were blue and gold and the mascot was the Trailblazers. The school was transformed from a 6th grade center to a Head Start through 5th grade elementary school in 1996. The current school colors are green and gold and the mascot is the bulldog.
Elijah Lutrell Bing, was a distinguished educator in Hillsborough County. Mr. Bing was principal of Glover Elementary and Junior High Schools in Plant City from 1949-1954 and Marshall High School from 1954-1967. He was Director of Special Projects from 1967-1971, and Assistant Superintendent for Supportive Service for Hillsborough County Schools from 1972-1978. Upon his retirement in 1978, he became Provost of Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus.
The hay farmer for whom E.L..Bing Elementary School was named, built a 48-year career as a civil rights and education pioneer in Hillsborough County until his retirement. Bing grew up with his two younger sisters in Plant City during the Depression. His mother was a school teacher, and his father owned restaurant and dry cleaning businesses.
Bing knew how to read before he started school, but blacks then could go only as far as the sixth grade in Plant City. He and his sisters were sent to an aunt's house in Jacksonville to attend junior high. After junior high, Bing moved back to Plant City. But his hometown had no high school for blacks, so he attended one in Lakeland.
He served four years in World War II, and then went to Florida A&M University, graduating with a degree in biology. Then he went to Columbia University graduate school in New York, where he got a master's degree in education, with the help of a state tuition subsidy.
Bing came back to Florida because he wanted to change things in his home town where his parents still lived. He took a principal's job at Glover school, an all-black elementary and junior high school. Five years later, he became principal at Marshall, another all-black school for grades 1-12.
Bing's friends and co-workers used the same words to describe him: keen mind; good common sense; strong organizational skills; deep-seated sense of fairness.