PRINCIPAL/ADMINISTRATOR: Debra Fitzpatrick
Phone: (813) 987-6947
Fax: (813) 987-6920
Student Hours: 7:40 AM to 1:55 PM
Uniforms: Mandatory Uniforms
Before School Program: No
After School Program: Yes
Dr. Roland Lewis
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Roland Lewis moved to the bay area in 1946. That fall, he helped start Florida College and worked as the school's business manager, registrar and academic dean. He retired in 1982.
Many students best knew him as teacher. He taught a home and family class at the school for 30 years, offering advice on how to make marriage work.
Dr. Lewis served on the Temple Terrace City Council from 1955-68 and on the Hillsborough County School Board from 1968-88. In 1985, he became the first living person to have a Hillsborough school named after him, said his son, Brent Lewis.
"People really respected him," Brent Lewis said. "He was very conscientious and seemed to stand for things that people identified with."
He believed strongly in educating people academically as well as spiritually. He preached at churches most of his adult life, including the Dade City Church of Christ for 17 years and the Northeast Church of Christ in Clearwater for more than eight years.
"He really was a disciplined person. He did things that he thought would help others," Brent Lewis said.
Dr. Lewis earned a doctorate of education and a master's degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received an undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian College, now a university.
His daughter, Sherry Holmberg, described him as a caring father who lived as he preached.
"There was no hypocrisy in anything he asked us to do," she said. "He believed in discipline but with love."