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Tampa Catholic High School

Tampa Catholic High School is a diocesan, coeducational high school located in Tampa, United States, founded in 1962. It is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg, its motto is "Veritas et Caritas," which means "Truth and Charity." The Diocese of St. Augustine opened Tampa Catholic High School on September 4, 1962 to serve the needs of Catholic education for the parish families of Hillsborough County; the school was guided through its early years by Monsignor John F. Scully, the founding President, was staffed by diocesan priests, the Dominican Sisters of Adrian and dedicated lay personnel; the school opened with a convent. After spending one year in temporary quarters at Christ the King parish, 230 9th and 10th grade students made their way to the new Tampa Catholic campus. TC was planned to house a girls' division to be known as Lourdes Academy; the plan was changed to provide a coeducational facility, taking into account the operating Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit High School.

The campus consisted of only the South and Center buildings, with the library and administration located in the Center building. The early classes were held in eight classrooms with a chemistry-physics-biology laboratory, a home economics room, a library, an administration area. In 1964 the first class of seniors was enrolled and the multi-purpose building was completed. In 1965 Tampa Catholic graduated its first class, numbering 51; this was the first year TC had a full squad for a football team, playing a schedule of both JV and varsity games. The school mascot at the time was known as the Tampa Catholic Colts. For the 1965-66 school year Tampa Catholic changed its colors to green and white and its mascot to the Crusaders; that same year TC played its first homecoming game against Admiral Farragut Academy. In 1968, Tampa Catholic became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and saw the completion of the north building, gym and baseball diamond, all of which were dedicated by Bishop Charles McLaughlin, of the newly founded Diocese of St. Petersburg.

In the early 1970s the Assumptionist Brothers and the Sisters of Ste-Chrétienne assumed administrative and teaching duties. The administration building and the library complex were completed in 1972; these early years of the 1970s saw Tampa Catholic's enrollment rocket to nearly 1500 students. This was more than the buildings could accommodate so the school was separated into two campuses for three years; the 9th grade students attended the "East Campus" located on the grounds of Mary Help of Christians School, additional portables were brought onto the TC campus to help house upperclassmen. In late 1979 the leadership changed once again with the appointment of Br. Jude Byrne, of the Franciscan Brothers Community taking over as principal. Following several changes in administration, stability was once again gained by the 1984 appointment of Br. John Casey of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. By this time Tampa Catholic High School had grown to a nine-building campus stretching over 40 acres.

During the 1983-84 school year, TC entered into the tech era by installing the first computers on campus. They were used to teach students in computer programming classes. In celebration of Tampa Catholic's 25th anniversary the school adopted a new coat of arms derived from models and sketches submitted by faculty and students; this coat of arms evokes the history of Tampa Catholic and includes the crest used by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Over the next 15 years Tampa Catholic saw additional improvements, including the installation of a school-wide air conditioning system, renovations of the three classroom buildings and upgrades in technology. In 1997, after many years of effort from the alumni, parents and general TC supporters, the Tampa City Council was persuaded to alter its zoning so that Tampa Catholic could move forward with plans to build a stadium and upgrade the athletic portion of the campus. With the approval of the City Council, the stadium project was postponed for the greater good of the educational institution, in 2002 efforts moved forward to establish a master plan for the 40-year-old school.

This plan called for needed upgrades to the academic portion of the campus. Ground was broken that same year. In 2003 these improvements were completed, including the Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley Science & Technology Center and the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel. Bishop Robert N. Lynch dedicated both buildings on August 27, 2003. With the new academic facilities in place it was time to address renovations and improvements for the eastern part of the TC campus; these improvements were funded by the "Come Home To Rome" campaign. Tampa Catholic celebrated a true homecoming when the 2005 homecoming football game drew over 3,000 students and alumni to the newly constructed football stadium. Additional improvements are planned for the athletic area. Tampa Catholic has a long tradition of baseball, they have won nine state championships in their history. Tampa Catholic's latest title came in 2009. Tampa Catholic is coached by Ty Griffin, their baseball program has produced many top players, such as Denard Span, Kenny Kelly and Charles Cleveland.

TC has retired the number 19 in baseball. Tampa Catholic Crew is a co-ed sport that competes against other high youth rowing teams; the team began in the 1999-2000 school year. The program has grown each year, adding boats, training equipment, soon a new bo

Hangard Wood

Hangard Wood is a locality south of Villers-Bretonneux northern France. It was the site of Hangard village and a battle in World War I; the battle of Hangard Wood was part of the German offensive Operation Michael, in the Arras - St-Quentin-La Fére sector of the Somme fought in March 1918. The battle of Hangard Wood was more part of the larger second battle of Villers-Bretonneux, fought between Canadian British/Australian/French and German armies; the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the 24th of April 1918 was significant as the first tank on tank battle in history, the Red Baron was shot down 21 April. Today the wood lies adjacent to a British cemetery, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, known as Hangard Wood British Cemetery. John Croak VC is buried there. 4th Division 12th Brigade 5th Brigade 18th Battalion 19th Battalion 20th Battalion 33rd Battalion 34th Battalion 34th Battalion 35th Battalion 36th Battalion 2/2nd City of London Royal Fusiliers 1st Moroccan Infantry Division 13th Battalion, CEF John Croak Percy Storkey Herman James Good

Bolt snap

A bolt snap is a type of snap hook with a manually operated bolt action slide gate of medium security used to clip a light load to a ring, loop or bight to temporarily secure or suspend an object. They are used for a wide variety of applications including dog leads and for clipping scuba equipment to the diving harness. A similar but more secure device used to attach sails to a stay is known as a piston hank, it differs from a snap shackle. The bolt snap must be operated by the user to clip or unclip, is not snagged or unintentionally clipped or unclipped by pressing or bumping against the surroundings; the most common type has a single snap hook at one end and a swivel ring at the other, but double ended bolt snaps and single ended snaps with a swivel shackle are available. There are a few variations on the style of gate opening and swivel style; the characteristic element of the bolt snap is the bolt action gate. This is a spring loaded rod which slides longitudinally inside the body of the clip against a compression spring to open the gate of the hook, returns to rest against the tip of the hook by the action of the spring when released.

Bolt snaps are not load rated, are not used to suspend heavy loads. Most applications are in the load range where the user can lift the object to be clipped, or can hold the load manually. Bolt snaps are made of metal; the metal used is stainless steel or brass for diving and boating applications, with a stainless steel spring. Chrome plated zinc and plastic bodies are only suitable for light loads such as key rings, handbag straps, leads for small dogs; the single ended bolt snap has a hook at one end with the opening in line with a hollow shaft, at the other end of which there is a flanged pin for the swivel fitting. The swivel fitting is a ring, but can be a swivel shackle body; the tip of the hook is directly in line with the central axis of the hole in the shaft, so that the piston gate makes contact with the tip when closed, the hook curves round to point at the hole. The gate is a cylindrical "bolt" with a sliding fit in the hollow shaft, it gas a short rounded tab on the side which provides a grip for thumb operation.

This tab slides in a short slot in the outer side of the hole in the shaft. There is a compression coil spring in the hole in the shaft between the gate bolt and the bottom of the hole, which will return the bolt to rest against the tip of the hook when released, preventing passage of anything in either direction through the mouth of the hook when the bolt is in place; the bolt snap does not have a socket in the tip of the hook for the bolt, as the load is carried by the hook in normal service, this type of closure is unsuited to multi-directional or dynamic loading. The double ended; the hook gates both face the same way. Various sizes and materials may be available for the style variations listed. Single endWith round swivel loop Centred loop Offset loop Small loop with oblong loop for webbing Fixed loop Swivel loop With swivel shackle Double endShort or long body Butterfly gate The bolt snap is operated using one hand to manipulate the hook and gate. If the object to which it is to be clipped is unstable, like the collar on a dog, the other hand may be used to hold it in place.

The hook body is gripped by the fingers, one of which may be passed through the swivel ring to help support and stabilise the load when applicable, the thumb used to pull the bolt back to open the gate. The opening is passed over the target and the bolt released, so that it snaps back to close the gate. To remove, the same method is used, the load must be supported to unhook while the gate is open; the clip cannot be removed under normal tensile load conditions with the gate open. Bolt snaps are used in scuba diving to clip equipment to the diver's harness for security and to keep them in place; the bolt snap style of connector is favoured because it is operable with one hand, is quick and easy to use, can support the relevant loads, is reasonably secure against accidental operation. Bolt snaps are one of the common connectors used for attaching tethers to animal collars or harnesses. Bolt snaps handles to luggage and handbags. Carabiner Shackle Snap hook