Northeast High

Home of the Vikings - An AVID National Demonstration School

Mission Statement:

All Northeast students will graduate and be prepared for postsecondary choices including college and careers.
Core Values:
  • Students, teachers, parents, business partners and the community share the responsibility for implementing our school’s mission.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • Students learn most effectively when they are active participants in their learning process.
  • Literacy should be an emphasized and an ongoing school-wide objective.
  • Students should be provided opportunities for real world experiences, with an emphasis on college and career ready academies.
  • Through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system, students will become active learners preparing themselves for entry into college.


Northeast High School is a four year, comprehensive high school, with a current enrollment of nearly 1,900 students. It ranks as one of the largest high schools in the Pinellas County School System and it serves a diverse student population with programs designed to meet the needs of a wide range of abilities and interests. These programs include four certified career academies in which students can earn college credit and an industry ceritifcation, 16 Advanced Placement courses, nine on campus dual enrollment courses taught through St. Petersburg College, the AVID program, community based instruction programs and much more.




Northeast Community School


Alumni Relations and Class Reunions




Alma Mater


Northeast is our banner 
May it ever fly, 
Made of truth and spirit 
Never let it die. 

Shout its praise and glory 
Shout it to the sky 
Loyalty and victory 
Be our battle cry. 

Northeast we salute you 
In classroom and on field 
Memories and truth complete 
These we'll never yield 

We will sing thy praises 
When from thee we roam 
Ever praise and glory 
Northeast halls our home.




School History


When Northeast High School opened its doors on September 7, 1954, the total enrollment was 978 students with a faculty of 51 teachers and a total of 46 classrooms. A senior class of 79 elected the first Senior Class President. It was under the first Student Government’s leadership that the school mascot (the Vikings), school colors (scarlet and cream), and the names of the school publications (the yearbook--dubbed the Viking Log, and the school newspaper--the Nor’easter) were chosen. The formal dedication ceremonies for Northeast High School were held on December 12, 1954. The Viking band, sporting its new uniforms, under the capable direction of Eugene Beeman, provided music. John M. Sexton served as principal from inception until 1965.


Just as St. Petersburg has changed tremendously in the past 50 years, Northeast High School, known as NEHI by its students and alumni, has experienced dramatic changes as well. The student body population has reached as high as 3000 and back down to its present 2000. The school colors have changed to red and white with the use of black as an accent color. The full face Viking is still the official school logo.




Principals Throughout Northeast High School History


Years in Service
John M. Sexton
1953 - 1965
Thomas H. Rothchild
1965 - 1968
William G. Justice
1968 - 1970
Lee R. Benjamin
1970 - 1974
Bill G. WIlliamson
1974 - 1979
J. Thomas Zachary
1979 - 1989
Charley J. Williams
1989 - 1992
Michael A. Miller
1992 - 2005
Patricia Wright
2005 - 2008
Kevin K. Hendrick
2008 - 2010
Paulagene Nelson
2010 - 2012
Kevin K. Hendrick
2012 - Present