The bay area is filled with familiar faces of people who’ve ended up in the movies, made it to the big leagues, or made a local impact in our community.
Before he graced the big screen, up and coming actor Channing Tatum played varsity football and track and field at Gaither High School in Tampa.
Actor Channing Tatum
In his mid 20’s Bob Buckhorn worked for Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Another Gaither High School student who made it to the big screen is Brittany Snow. The “American Dream” actress was a sophomore at Gaither in 2002.
Actress Brittany Snow
Among the first women to get an athletic scholarship at the University of Tampa, Jane Castor later became the first female president of her police academy and in 2009 became the Tampa Police Chief.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor
She was the first lady of Tampa and her roots go back to King High School. Pam Iorio is seen here in her sophomore year in 1975.
Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio
It’s said that his club The Mons Venus is known around the world, but Joe Redner is definitely a local celebrity. In this photograph Redner is between the ages of 9 and 10 years old.
Adult entertainment mogul Joe Redner
He didn’t grow up in the bay area, but Tampa Bay Ray manager Joe Maddon now calls the bay area home. Maddon attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where he played three years of varsity baseball and one season of freshman football. Photo Courtesy Tampa Bay Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 17: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays directs his team against the Florida Marlins during the game at Tropicana Field on June 17, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Before spending time on St Petersburg’s City Council, and then becoming mayor, Bill Foster roamed the halls of Northeast High School. He’s seen here in a 1981 yearbook photograph.
St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster
Boca Ciega High School in Pinellas County boasted having actress Angela Basset as a student. Basset seen in her senior picture attended the school in 1976.
Actress Angela Basset
Before he transformed the world of professional wrestling, Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, was a member of “Infinity’s End.” The band consisted of students from Robinson High School including Bollea, seen here in his senior photograph.
Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and Jennifer McDaniel