Henry "Shake" Washington

for Hillsborough County School Board 2018
District 6
Educating Hillsborough County Kids for 42 Years!
Passion - Experience - Leadership

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May 29, 2017

Celebration Honors the Retirement of Henry "Shake" Washington, Sr.


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)

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)

October 20, 2017

School Board Names Auditorium After Retired Educator


On Monday, five members of the Hillsborough County School Board voted to name the auditorium at Middleton High School in honor of its former principal.  Board member April Griffin was absent from the meeting, and Board member Susan Valdez did not cast a vote.

A date has not been established however, the auditorium at Middleton High School will bear the name of Henry “Shake” Washington.”

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, and track.

After graduating in 1968, Washington continued his education at Kentucky State College, transferring a year later to Southern University. His interrupted his education to serve in the military and retired as a First Sergeant with 24 years of service in the 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, served as a Physical Education and Driver’s Education Instructor. He also served as a coach for boys and girls basketball.

During his career, Washington moved up the ranks, being chosen as the Principal of Chamberlain High School. On January 8, 2002, 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, the father of two adult children, Henry Washington, Jr., and Dr. Jamia Washington. He is a grandfather and a member of Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.


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