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Donna Blumer

Donna Blumer, CAA
Inducted 2018

Donna Blumer CAA was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018 after an incredible career as athletic director at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg.

The Chicago native arrived at Dixie Hollins in 1989, and for the next three decades blazed a trail as a pioneer for female athletic directors in the state of Florida. From 1989 until the announcement of the induction, Blumer has been a member of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA) Board of Directors. In 1997, she became the first female president in the history of the FIAAA. Since 1992, the former Western Illinois University gymnast has labored as the FIAAA Exhibits Manager for the annual state conference, while also serving on the Florida Host Committee for the 1996 and 2005 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) National Conference held in Florida.

Blumer’s single most significant impact with athletics in Florida came with her appointment to the FHSAA’s Public Liaison Advisory Committee, which she chaired from 1999 all the way until 2015. It was with the PLAC that the 2001 FIAAA Athletic Administrator of the Year best served the state by communicating issues related to education-based athletics that were brought to the committee’s attention by the public. Other duties related to the FHSAA included being on the Athletic Directors Advisory Committee and the Academic All-State Selection Committee.

At Dixie Hollins, the lifetime FIAAA member created the school’s first student-athlete advisory committee, developed the Dixie Hollins Athlete of the Week program and generated from scratch the Dixie Hollins Letterman’s Club.

Other career honors included being recognized with the NIAAA Blue Ribbon Panel, NIAAA State Award of Merit, Distinguished Service Award, National Federal of High Schools Citation Award, Sunshine Football Coaches Association’s Outstanding Administrator Award and being inducted into the Dixie Hollins High School Hall of Fame.

Blumer retired in 2017 at the same time as her husband of 33 years, Steve, who served as the athletic director at Countryside High School for 30 years.