Lopez Elementary History
September 15, 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the heroic action by a 1943 Hillsborough High School alumni, our school namesake, whom went on to graduate from the U. S. Naval Academy.
Lt. Baldomero Lopez, USMC, received the Medal of Honor posthumously, by President Truman, for his heroic action taken against the enemy aggressors during the Inchon invasion in Korea on September 15, 1950.
Baldomero Lopez, born August 23, 1925, here in Tampa, FL. He was affectionally called "Baldy" and is remembered in many ways throughout the community. The 25-year-old has been honored by alumni at Hillsborough High School each year...and by the many community memorials/markers including Lopez Elementary School in Seffner, a historical marker on Marion and Madison downtown; a trophy case next to the Principal’s office at Hillsborough High School; the Lopez Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes; a shrine in the main lobby of his childhood club, the Centro Asturiano Clubhouse at Palm and Nebraska; a naval Pre Position Ship named the Lt. Baldomero Lopez; a memorial monument at the Ed Radice Sports Complex; and his gravesite at the Centro Asturiano Memorial Cemetery on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. just east of 50th Street.
View the following for an additional historical perspective. Lt. Baldomero Lopez History Link