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2023 marked our centennial – an achievement deserving of fanfare and reflection. Chargers joined in a yearlong salute to our school community’s achievements as a renowned center of PK-12, independent school excellence in the Tampa Bay Area. We retraced our journey by remembering our history, honoring our early leaders, and recognizing all who have played a role in subsequent decades of change, transition, and progress.

This is a time of great pride for the Shorecrest community. We celebrated our first 100 years while looking forward to continuing our journey of excellence, community involvement, and innovation into the future!

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Centennial Closing Reception: December 12, 2023

The Shorecrest Centennial Closing Reception was on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 4:30-6pm in the Raymund Center. 

The Centennial Timeline installation debuted in the Raymund Center, an exhibit made possible through the efforts of a group of students and teachers over the past three years of the Shorecrest Archives Project. Attendees walked through 100 years of Shorecrest history while hearing from students, alumni and faculty who contributed to the project. 

Guests also had the chance to view "Shorecrest Past, Present and Future," a 15-minute documentary film about the School. 



Alumni Weekend, October 20-22, 2023

The Centennial Alumni Weekend honored all Shorecrest alumni with:

  • a Homecoming Tailgate: Friday, October 20, 2023
  • Alumni All-Class Reunion Social
  • Class Year Meet-ups 
Shore to Shorecrest 5K Fun Run, October 21, 2023

The community celebrated Shorecrest history with a Shore to Shorecrest 5K Fun Run on October 21, 2023.  The event included a fun run from the School’s original location site to the current campus, the Sparky Sprint for children 8 and under, and a Health & Wellness Village. This family-friendly event launched the School’s second century, promoting health, wellness and the Chargers spirit!



Centennial Celebration Day, November 11, 2023

Family-friendly, all-community, free celebration held on the Gaffney Green on campus featuring speakers, time capsule installation, lunch and more. 



The Shorecrest Gala: Saturday, December 2

A ticketed, formal celebration of the School’s centennial, including cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment and surprises.

6:30pm-Midnight at The James Museum


Shorecrest Through the Years

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A Letter from the Centennial Committee Chair

Dear Shorecrest Community,

To have been established 100 years ago in a nation as young as America, and at a time when Florida was so underdeveloped, is a historic accomplishment. Yet, in 2023 Shorecrest will celebrate this very milestone. Founded in 1923 as a quality elementary alternative for the children of northern visitors, Shorecrest has endured a century of change. From its beginnings in downtown St. Petersburg, to its move in the 1960s to its present campus, to its first graduating high school class in 1976, this school has survived, changed, and prospered.

Over the 2023 calendar year, which spans two academic years, our community will join together for a series of events celebrating this special time and culminating with ceremonies for the “official” recognition in the fall of 2023. This will be a tremendous and joyful undertaking with many opportunities to honor our past accomplishments, students, faculty, families, and our century of growth within the Tampa Bay Area. Please consider this an open invitation to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime moment by getting involved in our Centennial Committee. We plan to call on the full array of skill within the Shorecrest community to help us celebrate what is sure to be the most unique and special milestone in the history of the School. I look forward to working with all of you throughout our journey to our centennial year.

Charles (Chas) Reynolds ‘81
Centennial Committee Chair


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As we celebrate 100 years, it is meaningful to reflect on all of the faculty, staff, students and families who helped make Shorecrest the school it is today. Read an excerpt of selections from the Spring 2022 Shorecrest Magazine which includes stories from many voices.

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Read Shorecrest Magazine Summer 2023: Celebrating our Centennial

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