PRINCIPAL: Edward Cristiano
Phone: (813) 740-7660
Fax: (813) 740-7674
Student Hours: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Gary Public School was built in 1913 and opened as an elementary school the following year, at the eastern edge of Ybor City, in a community known as Gary. A turn-of-the-century neighborhood that once boasted celery farms and cigar and fertilizer factories, Gary was vibrant, if small, the last stop on the downtown Tampa Trolley line. The architectural style of the three-story, red brick building mixed Spanish Revival with elements of Mission and Italian Renaissance.
Wood floors, crown molding, high ceilings and tall windows were among the schools charming features. One of the smallest elementary schools in the district, it closed in 1979 and reopened as Gary Adult High School in 1980.
In 2005, the Tampa city Council voted to grant Gary Adult High School historic landmark status. Adult education classes were held at the site until the school was shut down in March 2006, falling victim to the ravages of hurricane season and old age. Gary's original location was at 3610 East 10th Avenue in Tampa.