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Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School (abbreviated AMHS) was opened in 1998 in Southwest Ranches, Florida, United States. Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, it is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Named after the second Archbishop of Miami, Edward A. McCarthy, the school's mascot is the Maverick. The founding principal of the school was Dr. Richard Perhla.[2] Students wear a uniform consisting of a solid white or light blue shirt, AMHS khaki slacks, a black leather belt, black shoes, and a student ID with AMHS lanyard. As of the 2014-2015 school year, there are 1,586 students enrolled in grades nine through twelve. Since 2005 AMHS has been named one of the Top 50 Catholic Schools in the nation by the Catholic High School Honor Roll.[3]

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Logo.png
5451 South Flamingo Road


United States
Coordinates26°03′08″N 80°18′48″W / 26.052328°N 80.313420°W / 26.052328; -80.313420Coordinates: 26°03′08″N 80°18′48″W / 26.052328°N 80.313420°W / 26.052328; -80.313420
TypePrivate, Christian
MottoLatin: Manere in Dilectione Christi
(To abide in the love of Christ.)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
DenominationRoman Catholic
OversightArchdiocese of Miami
PrincipalRichard P. Jean
Asst. PrincipalKevin Molina
ChaplainReverend Jean Jadotte
Enrollment1,600 (2017)
Campus size61 acres (250,000 m2)
Color(s)Teal blue, silver and black             
Team nameMavericks
RivalMonsignor Edward Pace High School
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperAMP- Archbishop McCarthy Press
Tuition$11,190 - $11,610
Athletic DirectorByron Walker



Archbishop McCarthy High School is a Catholic college preparatory institution in the South Florida area. The campus consists of a main two-story building, a football field with a surrounding track, one baseball diamond, one softball diamond, a Student Center with its own "Maverick Grill" and a Performing Arts Center. The school has an air conditioned gymnasium, indoor weight room, five "learning modules", an outdoor courtyard, a chapel, and a parking area.

The iPad 2 ProgramEdit

With the start of the 2011-2012 school year, Archbishop McCarthy High School implemented a student one-to-one iPad school, making it the first in South Florida.[4] This system allows students as well teachers to enhance the classroom environment and make learning state-of-the-art. Most iPads have textbooks and allow the students many opportunities to access their textbooks, take notes, and complete their assignments. This program is one of the most renowned accomplishments by AMHS as a college preparatory and top Catholic high school.


The school is a college preparatory institution. Archbishop McCarthy has been awarded National Catholic high school honor roll every year since 2005. The school has a dual enrollment program through St. Thomas University in addition to an Advanced Placement Program. AMHS draws students from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties.

In the 2016-2017 school year, Archbishop McCarthy offers the following Advanced Placement Courses:

AP Studio Art: Drawing

AP Biology

AP Calculus I AB

AP Calculus II BC

AP Chemistry

AP Computer Science

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Environmental Science

AP French Language

AP Human Geography

AP Macroeconomics

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Literature

AP Statistics

AP United States Government and Politics

AP United States History

AP World History

In 2017, the school had 7 National Merit finalists. The school has a nearly perfect college acceptance rate, including students currently attending schools such as Yale University, Columbia University, and Duke University.


As of 2015, sponsored sports activities at the school included:
    • Baseball
    • Basketball (Men's)
    • Basketball (Women's)
    • Bowling (Men's)
    • Bowling (Women's)
    • Cross Country
    • Cheerleading (Women's)
    • Dance
    • Equestrian[5]
    • Flag Football (Women's)
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Ice Hockey
    • Lacrosse (Men's and Women's(2017))
    • Marching Band
    • Rugby
    • Soccer (Men's)
    • Soccer (Women's)
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis (Men's)
    • Tennis (Women's)"
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Weightlifting (Women's)"

Prominent male athletes:

  • Alex Avila, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Danny Farquhar, relief pitcher for the New York Yankees
  • Colby Borchetta, two time Wrestling State Champion 2007,2008;"Recognized Athletes" (PDF).
  • Andrew DeLeo, Men's Pole-vaulting State Champion 2008,"Recognized Athletes" (PDF).
  • Anthony Amodio, Men's Pole-vaulting State Champion 2009 and 2010, Member of University of Florida 2013 NCAA Champion Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team
  • Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers 2010 second round draft choice
  • Jesse Perkins, 2009-2010 2A Men's Golf State Champion
  • Nick Travieso, Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds


As of the 2016-2017 school year, the following clubs, after school activity programs, honor societies, and organizations were in operation at Archbishop McCarthy High School:


As part of the spiritual life of students at Archbishop McCarthy, optional retreats open to all students are offered for each grade level. These retreats help students develop a relationship with Christ beyond that which the classroom studies offer. These retreats are led by the Theology department and Peer Ministry Club and are as follows: Pietá for Freshman, Antioch for sophomores, Transfiguration for juniors, and Pentecost for seniors. The freshman retreat is held on campus on two Saturdays at the beginning of the school year, while sophomore, junior, and senior retreats usually last about three days off campus and can occur up to three times throughout the school year.

Sister schoolEdit

Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School is the sister school of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School. Both schools have identical original building blueprints and similar school colors. Both schools were established in 1998.

Notable alumniEdit

Apart from the athletes previously mentioned, notable alumni include:


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ "Principal Named For New School". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ "About | Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School". www.mccarthyhigh.netu. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  4. ^ "iPad | Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
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