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Henry "Shake" Washington
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Washington is shown with family members from left to right:
Zion, Sky, Destiny, Ivey, Mrs. Hattie Byrd White, his wife, Mrs. Cheryl Byrd Washington, and his son, Henry Washington, Jr.
(Photograph by LOMAX McINTYRE)
Family, friends, co-workers and former co-workers joined Henry “Shake’ Washington, Sr. to celebrate the end of his 42-year career. The Tampa native rose through the ranks as an educator, ending his career as an Area Superintendent for Hillsborough County Public Schools. The celebration was held at Middleton Senior High School, his alma mater and where he became principal of the newly-opened school in 2002. Family members who joined Washington and his wife, Cheryl, seated, at the celebration were: James and Anna Beauford, Allen and Jennifer Byrd, Dr. JaMia Washington (daughter); grandchildren: Destiny, Skylar and Zion Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Ivy) Washington, Jr. (son); and Hattie Byrd White. (Photograph by Lomax McIntyre)
School Board Names Auditorium After Retired Educator
In October 2017, the Hillsborough County School Board voted to name the auditorium at Middleton High School in honor of its former principal.
Middleton High School's auditorium now bears the name of Henry “Shake” Washington” based on a 5-2 vote from the Hillsborough County School Board.
Washington has deep roots and a long history with Middleton High School. His relationship with the school began when he attended the school in 1965. During his tenure as a student, he was a star athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track.
Washington continued his education at Kentucky State College after graduating in 1968. He then transferred a year later to Southern University. Shake's conscription into the United States Army in January 1971 placed his education on hold. Washington served in the military for 22 years, permitting him to retired as a First Sergeant in the Florida Army National Guard.
Washington received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southwest Louisiana. In 1976, Washington returned to Tampa and obtained employment as an Assistant Teacher at Booker T. Washington, 7th Grade Center.
He worked at several schools, serving as a Physical Education and Driver’s Education Instructor. He also served as a coach for boys and girls basketball.
Washington's career was filled with hard work and growth. He moved up in the ranks, being chosen as the Principal of Chamberlain High School. On January 8, 2002, Henry "Shake" Washington was appointed as the Principal of the newly constructed Middleton High School. He oversaw the opening of the school, and remained there for three years.
He was then appointed Area Director, Area Leadership Director, and Area Superintendent for the 12 years leading up to his retirement in 2017, bringing to a close, 42 years of service.
Washington is married to Mrs. Cheryl Byrd Washington. They have two adult children, Henry Washington, Jr., and Dr. JaMia Washington. He is a grandfather and a member of Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.