Coral Gables Senior High School

Coral Gables Senior High School is a secondary school located at 450 Bird Road in Coral Gables, Florida.

Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida, October 2006
450 Bird Road

Florida 33146

United States
Coordinates25°44′3.22″N 80°15′45.88″W / 25.7342278°N 80.2627444°W / 25.7342278; -80.2627444
TypePublic secondary
EstablishedSeptember 1950; 73 years ago (September 1950)
School districtMiami-Dade County Public Schools
PrincipalTony Ullivarri
Teaching staff139.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment3,231 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.24[1]
School hours7:15 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size38
School mottoDirigo (Latin for "I lead")

Coral Gables SHS opened its doors in 1950; its architectural design reflects a Spanish influence, with open courtyards adorned with water fountains. New buildings have been added to its 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus, most recently a three-story building.

Coral Gables SHS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The last review took place in the spring of 2006. The instructional faculty consists of 183 teachers. Eighty-two members of the faculty have a master's degree and six faculty members have earned a doctorate degree. Coral Gables High School was one of only twelve high schools in the nation to win the Siemens Foundation's Award for Advanced Placement. It ranks 221st in Newsweek's Top 1,000 U.S. Schools.[2]

Coral Gables SHS is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Douglas Road Station.

History edit

The school opened in 1950 for the education of white students only.[3][4] High school students had been moved from the previous campus, Ponce de Leon High School. The new Coral Gables High retained the school yearbook name, Caveleon, and the school mascot, "Cavaliers".[5] Ponce de Leon High School became Ponce de Leon Junior High School.[6] The building had a cost of $1,500,000. It had 63 classrooms, a bright color scheme, a mixed cafeteria and auditorium or cafetorium, a laundry room, and a then-modern type of public address system.[7]

In 1965, when integration of public schools was mandated by the federal courts, the nearby black school, Carver was closed, and many black students transferred to Coral Gables. Initially, black students were not allowed to attend school social events, but sports became a great unifier. Football coach Nick Kotys and others manned the doors to allow entrance to black students. One of the new students, Craig Curry, became known as "the Negro quarterback" and led the team to an undefeated season in which they dominated the mostly all-white competition, ultimately being named "The Team of The Century" by the FHSAA[3]

In September 2009 a 17-year-old student stabbed another 17-year-old student to death at the school. The perpetrator received a 40-year prison sentence.[8] Francisco Alvarado of the Miami New Times said that the incident "spawned a lot of reactionary comments from Coral Gables High parents and former students, expressing shock that such a violent episode could take place at an otherwise well-behaved school in an affluent neighborhood".[9]

Demographics edit

Coral Gables SHS is 82% Hispanic (of any ethnicity), 6% Black, 10% White non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/other.[10]

During the early 1950s some Jewish students were in the attendance zone for Coral Gables High but were instead sent to Miami High School; this was especially the case with girls, as many high-status girls' clubs at Coral Gables High did not admit Jews. By the mid 1950s, Jewish students were highly regarded and several Jewish Clubs started that did not include gentiles.[11]

News magazine edit

highlights is the Coral Gables SHS news magazine.[12] It has been in circulation since 1948. The 2015-2016 school year was the first that highlights was published as a news magazine with six yearly issues instead of a newspaper format with seven to eight yearly issues. The change was made due to perceived shifts in the taste of the student body. Each issue of highlights has 32 pages and includes 6 sections: Features, News, Opinion, Sports, The Scene, and Insight sections.

highlights participates in the Florida Scholastic Press Association's (FSPA) district and statewide conventions, and has received the top 'All-Florida' award for several years. It received the highest rating in the state, the Sunshine Standout award twice from FSPA at the 2019 and 2021 state conventions. The staff's work has been nationally recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). It has received Pacemaker status from NSPA recognizing over a decade of excellent scholastic achievement.

Literary magazine edit

Catharsis is the literary magazine of Coral Gables SHS. It was previously called Encore. The 30-member staff produced its first magazine under the new name in 2010. It has been accepted to membership in the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).[13]

Model United Nations edit

Model United Nations is a club in which students participate in various competitions around the state of Florida and The United States as a whole. MUN is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about and practice their skills in diplomacy, international policy, policymaking, international relations, and the United Nations. Currently, there are four competitions in which the team attends, including; Miami-Dade College MUN, Florida International University MUN (FIUMUN), Gator Mun hosted by the University of Florida, and MICSUN hosted by the University of Miami. The club hosts a yearly Model United Nations competition for middle schoolers called Cav MUN, in which middle schoolers may practice their skills in Model United Nations within a High School environment.

Gablettes edit

The Gablettes are the Coral Gables Senior High School Dance Team, originally founded in 1975.[14]

Band of Distinction and Color Guard edit

The Coral Gables Band of Distinction is a student group dedicated to music. The group contributes to the community by entertaining at pep-rallies, football games, and competitions. Band members participate in competitions such as the Florida Bandmasters Association's solo and ensemble competitions.

The Gables Guard is the color guard of Coral Gables SHS. During the fall, the band and color guard perform together at school football games and marching competitions. In winter, the color guard performs and competes in indoor competitions, such as SFWGA. The Coral Gables Guard is well known for their intricate, innovative routines. Each member competes in the Florida Bandmasters Association's solo and ensemble competitions.[15]

Notable alumni edit

Athletics edit

Football edit

Other sports edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "CORAL GABLES SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools - Newsweek Society -". MSNBC. February 8, 2006. Archived from the original on February 8, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c Robertson, Linda (23 February 2017). "How a black quarterback in a white school led his team to glory and racial harmony". Miami Herald. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ "School Profile." Coral Gables High School. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Bramson, Seth H. Coral Gables (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0738543055, 9780738543055. p. 99.
  6. ^ Parks, Arva Moore. George Merrick's Coral Gables: Where Your 'castles in Spain' are Made Real. Past Perfect Florida History, January 1, 2006. ISBN 0974158968, 9780974158969. p. 39. "Across Dixie Highway, Merrick began construction on Ponce de Leon High School, now Ponce de Leon Middle School."
  7. ^ Williams, Verne O. (1950-09-03). "New Idea In Schools". The Miami News. Miami, Florida. pp. 12–13. - Clipping from Text detail A, text detail B, and text detail C
  8. ^ Tester, Hank and Brian Hamacher. "Teen Gets 40 Years in Gables High Stabbing." () NBC Miami. Tuesday November 29, 2011. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  9. ^ Alvarado, Francisco. "New Details on Coral Gables High Stabbing." Miami New Times. Tuesday September 15, 2009. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Coral Gables Senior High School Profile - Miami, Florida (FL)".
  11. ^ Dash Moore, Deborah (1996). To the golden cities: pursuing the American Jewish dream in Miami and L.A. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-89305-4.
  12. ^ "gableshighlights Publisher Publications - Issuu". Retrieved 2023-11-02.
  13. ^ Archived July 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Gablettes". Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  15. ^ Band of Distinction
  16. ^ "Robert H. Frank". Who's Who in America, 65th edition. Accessed via LexisNexis on March 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "Gables High leads county in Merit Semifinalists" (PDF). Coral Gables High Lights. October 5, 1961.
  18. ^ "Coral Gables Senior High School Hall of Fame Inducted Members". 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2022-09-22. Del Greco, Albert Louis "Al" (Class of 1980)
  19. ^ "M's launch year in Metrodome". The Olympian. Associated Press. 6 April 1982. p. D1. Retrieved 14 September 2022.

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