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In 1970, after a group of Tampa Bay parents envisioned a Jewish day school for their children and community, Hillel Academy opened its doors to 30 students in grades one through four. The school, at that time was housed at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in South Tampa.

Guided by a focus on personal achievement and pride of heritage, Hillel quickly gained a reputation as a stellar academic institution. As enrollment grew, the school soon outgrew the facilities at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. In 1984, the school moved to the Jewish Community Center in South Tampa and expanded to serve students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

In 1992 as further expansion was needed, the school purchased the 10-acre North Tampa property on which the academy now sits (once a horse farm and stables). Additional expansions and reconfigurations were completed in 1999, 2003, and 2010 to accommodate the steady growth in enrollment and understanding about how students learn best to prepare for their future. Today, Hillel Academy continues to serve students in the Tampa area as they develop into active and valuable members of the community.