Mary Help of Christians School is situated on a beautiful quiet location in east Tampa near I-4. Mrs. Alicia Neve, who along with her husband are buried in the school cemetery, donated 40 acres along with sufficient funds to build a school for homeless boys. The school was dedicated in October of 1928 by The Salesians of St. John Bosco who would provide an environment conducive to the spiritual, physical and mental well-being of countless homeless boys.
Mary Help of Christians School
Due to a tracic drowning of one of the boys, it became necessary to start a cemetery in 1933. When I-4 was being built the State of Florida wanted to take some property for that enterprise. The property they had chosen included the cemetery. Officials were adamant about needing that particular piece of property until they learned there was a cemetery there so another parcel was chosen. The last burial in the cemetery was in 1990 and there are no plans to use it any longer according to Father Tom Connor.