Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a public magnet high school located at 7431 S.W. 120th Street in Pinecrest, Florida. The school is on 23 acres (9.3 ha) in southwest Miami-Dade County, and is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district. Miami Norland Senior High is Miami Palmetto's sister school by original blueprints. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[3] Its principal is Victoria Dobbs.

Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Miami Palmetto Senior High School Seal.png
7431 SW 120th Street


United States
Coordinates25°39′45″N 80°18′57″W / 25.66250°N 80.31583°W / 25.66250; -80.31583
TypePublic secondary
MottoLatin: Vis Per Scientiam
(Strength through knowledge)
EstablishedSeptember 1958; 64 years ago (1958-09)
School districtMiami-Dade County Public Schools
PrincipalVictoria Dobbs[1]
Teaching staff106.00 (FTE) (2020–21)[2]
Enrollment2,774 (2020–21)[2]
Student to teacher ratio26.71 (2020–21)[2]
Color(s)  Columbia Blue
SongNeath Palmetto High!
NewspaperThe Panther
YearbookPalm Echo
School hours7:20–2:20
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
Miami Palmetto senior high front gate.png
The front gate of the school as of April 13, 2022

The school serves several areas:[4] Pinecrest,[5] Palmetto Bay,[6] and sections of Kendall, West Perrine and Palmetto Estates.[7]


Miami Palmetto was built in 1958. Miami Palmetto had a cost of $1,654,400 (equivalent to $12.1 million in 2021). The expected enrollment was 1,500.[8]

It serves a culturally and socioeconomically diverse population. Miami Palmetto is the home school for the residents of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, West Perrine, and Palmetto Estates.[9] The school enjoys strong support from the municipal governments of the two primary areas zoned to Palmetto Senior, the Village of Pinecrest and the Village of Palmetto Bay. Both provide noteworthy cash or in-kind donations and have active Educational Advisory Compact agreements that facilitate working with MDCPS. Pinecrest gives $10,000 to the school every year, and Palmetto Bay in 2015 sponsored a community-wide 5K Color Run fundraiser benefit.[10] An active PTSA also contributes substantial resources (funding, programming, volunteer manpower).[11] Palmetto, for years, was a three-year high school, but after the 1997 addition, it expanded to be a four-year high school. In the school's history, a few scandals have surfaced, one in which lacrosse players shared racist remarks through a group chat to later be counseled,[12][13] and an incident where a student stabbed a classmate and her teacher with scissors.[14] Miami Palmetto is currently participating in a pilot program of AP Capstone.

In 2017, Miami-Dade Public Schools began an extensive three phase reconstruction of the school which was originally budgeted to cost $44 million.[15] The overall remodel includes 120,900 square feet of new construction including a new three-story building to house administrative offices; student services; vocational labs, such as Web Design, drafting and design, health science, and business technology. The remodel also includes a new art wing, photo studio lab, gymnastics space, dance room, music room, and black box theater; new cafeteria building, technology labs, and an indoor and outdoor dining facility adjacent to a central courtyard.[16] The new building, which was completed as Phase 1 of the project, opened in January 2020.[17]

School trendsEdit


The curriculum offers a choice of twenty-eight AP courses, and students have the highest pass rate for AP exams in the county. The school's pass rate for AP Chemistry for the 2015 exam was the highest in the State of Florida. Over 50% of students take at least one AP class, and over 50% have a GPA higher than 4.0. Graduates are admitted to a wide variety of the nation's top colleges and universities. Miami Palmetto students score higher on other state and national assessments than other standard (non-magnet) public schools in Miami-Dade County. In addition, as a neighborhood (non-magnet) school, Miami Palmetto serves all student populations. The school's Special Olympics athletes win at state level competitions every year.[18] According to Newsweek's 2001 List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools,[19] Miami Palmetto is ranked at 251 in the nation (23rd in the state of Florida). According to the 2007 list, the school is ranked at 72 in the nation. This ranking is based on self-reported statistics,[20] including:

  • On-time graduation (91%)
  • Graduates immediately enrolling in college (95%)
  • Various standardized test scores (45%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)

Miami Palmetto mediaEdit

Miami Palmetto has three publications: the newspaper, The Panther,[21] the morning announcements and television production, Panther TVP, and the yearbook, Palm Echo. They are all managed by student staffs.


Baker Trophy won by Palmetto in 1994, maintained at the United States Naval Academy

International championships

  • Coed sailing – British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Team Racing Champion (by invitation) – 1994[22]

National championships

  • Coed sailing – National High School Dinghy Championship (Mallory Trophy) – champion 1994;[23] runner-up 1997[24]
  • Coed sailing – national high school team racing champion (Baker Trophy) – 1994[25]
  • Single-handed sailing – national interscholastic sailing association champion (Cressy Trophy) – 1989[26]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Principal's Message". Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - Miami Palmetto Senior High School (120039000605)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Boundaries." Miami Palmetto High School. Accessed October 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Pinecrest 2010 map." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Zoning Map Archived December 25, 2016, at the Wayback Machine." Palmetto Bay. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Kendall 2010 Index map. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Blanchard, Louise (August 11, 1958). "2 New High Schools Set To Open In Fall". The Miami News. p. 1C.Clipping at
  9. ^ [1] Archived January 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Palmetto Bay Color Run benefits Palmetto High". Miami's Community News. December 23, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Not Your Mom's PTA". Lifestyle Magazine FL. Archived from the original on June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  12. ^ Abellana, Jean (November 4, 2015). "Students Of Miami Palmetto High School Counseled After Engaging In Racist Conversation On Social Media". iSCHOOLGUIDE. iSCHOOLGUIDE.
  13. ^ Veiga, Christina (November 2, 2015). "Palmetto lacrosse team under scrutiny after racist messages in online chat". Miami Herald. Miami Herald.
  14. ^ Nelson, Gary (November 14, 2013). "Parents Left In Dark On Scissors Attack At School". CBS Miami. CBS Miami.
  15. ^ "GOB Project Kick-Off Event at Palmetto Senior High on Dec. 8". December 6, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  16. ^ "Miami Palmetto Senior High School". Thornton Construction Company, Inc. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  17. ^ Feldman, Hal (February 3, 2020). "The new Palmetto Senior High School opens". Miami's Community News. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  18. ^ "Palmetto Senior High Special Olympians headed to state competition". Miami's Community News. January 29, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  19. ^ 2011: America's Best High Schools – Newsweek and The Daily Beast Archived October 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on August 27, 2013.
  20. ^ 2011's Best American High Schools: How We Compiled the List – Newsweek and The Daily Beast. (June 20, 2011). Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
  21. ^ The Panther : The news site of Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Retrieved on August 27, 2013.
  22. ^ "NWISA | Northwest District Interscholastic Sailing Association". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  23. ^ "Interscholastic Sailing Association". Mallory – Fleet Race Results. Interscholastic Sailing Association. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  24. ^ "Newport Harbor Sailing Wins Championship". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 1997. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  25. ^ "Interscholastic Sailing Association". Baker – Team Race Results. Interscholastic Sailing Association. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  26. ^ "Interscholastic Sailing Association". ISSA Singlehanded National Championship. Interscholastic Sailing Association. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  27. ^ "Miami Palmetto High School Memorial Page Dedicated to Candy Jernigan". HighSchoolNetwork. Archived from the original on August 31, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2019 – via
  28. ^ Hanks, Douglas (April 30, 2015). "The face of Zoo Miami enjoys a star turn in Havana". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  29. ^ Retrieved April 4, 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ McGrory, Kathleen (December 16, 2014). "New surgeon general was star student at Miami Palmetto Senior High". The Miami Herald. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  31. ^ Benn, Evan (October 29, 2018). "You may recognize Katie Phang from TV, but this Miami legal star's off-air life is equally impressive". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  32. ^ Hixon, Michael (May 8, 2018). "What's so funny about El Segundo? Find out at the Gundo Comedy Festival". Daily Breeze. El Segundo, California. Retrieved May 26, 2020.

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