Addison Davis, Superintendent
Addison Davis serves as Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), the nation’s seventh largest school system, where he took office in March 2020. He is recognized for his ability to inclusively decision make, establish goal-based management systems, transform instructional practice, and ensure that students’ best interests are at the heart of all decision-making.
Addison Davis' experience in transforming schools has resulted in increased student achievement in large urban and mid-size suburban Florida school districts. Before arriving in Hillsborough County, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County. Under his leadership, the Clay County School District had dramatic improvements across all student academic performance metrics. During this time, Clay’s statewide academic ranking improved from 20th in the state to 7th along with increasing the graduation rate from 84% to 93% over a four-year span; eliminating the achievement gap.
During his tenure in HCPS, Addison and his team have:
- Led the 7th largest school district through COVID;
- Stabilized district’s financial health: overcoming over a $150 million deficit;
- Improved state academic ranking from 35th to 19th (highest ever);
- Reduced historically underperforming schools – 28 “D & F” schools to 5;
- Reduced state persistently low performing schools – from 39 to 20;
- Increased acceleration pass rate – 50 to 57%;
- Increased graduation rate – 87% to 89% (highest ever);
- Expanded acceleration – Cambridge AICE Program to 14 high schools in 2022 and 14 more planned;
- Centralized academic focus with tiered approach to improved academic outcomes;
- Expanded dual language programs, launched first ever Montessori Program at Essrig Elementary School, and launched two Spanish immersion programs;
- Launched major workforce initiative to include medical and construction academies (first phase);
- Expanded mental health and safety initiatives;
- Expanded early childhood development; and
- Transformed the division of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a visionary leader, Mr. Davis has committed to expanding innovative school-based initiatives through redesigning workforce development, concentrating on early childhood development, and further eliminating underperforming schools through the lens of equity.
Superintendent Davis has been honored for his commitment to student success and his leadership in driving innovative educational solutions for a diverse student population. In July of 2022, Addison Davis was named the Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education. In April of 2022, Addison was a recipient of the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Award for his outstanding dedication, hard work, and countless contributions to the Tampa Bay area. In May 2021, he received the Whitney M. Young Service Award for his community engagement and tireless work during the pandemic. In October 2020, he was a finalist for the Green Garner Urban Superintendent of the Year Award. In 2019, Addison was named the Sunshine State Public Relations Association's 2019 Superintendent Communicator of the Year. Within his first year in Clay County, he was named a 2017-2018 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association. This award recognizes superintendents for their dynamic, fast-paced leadership and strong communication skills.
Prior to his responsibilities as Superintendent of Schools in Clay County, he was the Chief of Schools for the Duval County Public School System which is the nation’s 20th largest school district serving over 120,000 students. He worked for Duval County Schools for eighteen years, starting as a teacher, moving to an Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Turnaround, Middle School Cluster Chief, and Region Superintendent.
Mr. Davis is a member of the Children’s Board, American Heart Association Board, Junior Achievement Board, Starting Right Now Board, Tampa Bay Chamber Ex Officio Board, Straz Center Board, and Trustee for Florida Palms. Addison Davis was born and raised in northeast Florida and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University. He and his lovely wife Natalie have two daughters, Madisyn and Kaitlyn.