Nova High School

Nova High School is a public high school located in Davie, Florida and is part of the Broward County Public Schools district. It is one of four schools that comprise the Nova Center for Applied Research and Professional Development, the others being Nova Eisenhower Elementary School, Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School, and Nova Middle School. Nova Eisenhower Elementary, the newest of the three lower schools, began in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, in the old Fort Lauderdale High School building, while the current facility was being built in Davie.

Nova High School
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3600 College Avenue


School typePublic high school Public Secondary
MottoWe do the right thing
School boardBCPS
School districtBroward County Schools
SuperintendentRobert W. Runcie
School number1281
School code1281
PrincipalMs. Olayemi Awofadeju
Head of schoolMs. Olayemi Awofadeju
Staffapprox. 110
Facultylargest number of National Board certified teachers in the district
Teaching staff88.80 (FTE)[1]
Age range14–19
Enrollment2,222 (2018-19)[1]
Classesblock schedule classes #1-4 on green day and classes #5-8 on gold day
Average class size23
Student to teacher ratio25.02[1]
Classes offeredAll Advanced Placement classes plus elective and core classes
Campus sizeCurrent holding of 5,000 students daily
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green & gold
SloganAt Nova, we do the right thing.
AthleticsPat McQuaid
Athletics conferenceBroward County Athletic Association (District 5A)
SportsAll FHSAA Sports
MascotTitan & NT
Team nameTitans
RivalSt. Thomas Aquinas High School Western High School
National ranking527
NewspaperTitan Times
Feeder schoolsNova Middle School
Debate CoachCourtney Chipman
Student Government Association Sponsor (SGA)Taha Malik free_label2 = Cybersecurity Department
Athletic DirectorPat McQuaid
Drama ThespiansTroupe 4611
Director of BandsJoshua P. Bishop
WebsiteNHS Official Site

The Nova campus is located within the South Florida Education Center, a consortium of area institutions which include the main campuses of Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and the McFatter Technical Center, as well as regional campuses of the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence,[2] and has earned a FCAT school grade of "A" every year since 1999, with only one "B" grade in the 2002–2003 year.[3]


Nova High School was established in 1960, and opened in September 1963, as a joint project between the Broward County Public Schools and Ford Foundation. Known as the Nova Educational Experiment, the project aimed to create a community of schools spanning elementary to university level education in one location. Forman Field, the 545-acre site of a vacated naval aviation facility and located in the then rural areas of Broward County was chosen as the site for the project.[4]

The Nova schools were originally jointly funded by the Ford Foundation and local sources, and were known for their progressive curricula and use of experimental teaching methods. Students were required to pass an entrance exam for acceptance and a lengthy waiting list often existed for potential students. The school year consisted of eleven months of instruction, with a one-month summer break.

Nova was the beta testing site for "Propaganda" and a number of other academic games. The earliest national academic games tournaments were held on the Nova campus during the late 1960s.

After the Nova Educational Experiment ended in the 1970s, the Ford Foundation departed and total control of the Nova schools reverted to the Broward County Public Schools. Entrance requirements were relaxed, however, as of 1985, placement on a waiting list for entry into the schools was still required.

During the 1980s, the schools' special status had begun to chafe within the workings of the school board. School board movements to close or consolidate the schools resulted in heated contention between parents, students and the board, often accompanied by noisy public meetings.

The Nova schools have consistently ranked at the very top of schools in the state. Nova High School was ranked as the 237th best public high school in the United States, 36th best in Florida, by Newsweek Magazine in 2007 and is listed as a Silver Medal School by the U.S. News & World Report in 2008, placing it within the top 3% of all high schools in the country.[5][6]

Nova High School is also well known for its extensive course offerings, including 22 Advanced Placement courses. Nova graduates consistently matriculate to some of the finest colleges and universities in Florida and throughout the country.


As of 2014, the total student enrollment was 2149. The ethnic makeup of the school was 26% White, 44.2% Black, 20.8% Hispanic, 5.9% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2.65% Multiracial, and .32% Native American or Native Alaskan.[7]

Nova High School was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida Department of Education in 2002–2003, 2004–2013. On the 2007 norm-referenced Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), Nova students performed nationally at the 75th percentile in reading and 82nd percentile in math. Nova faculty have, on average, 12 years of teaching experience and 49% hold advanced degrees. Average class size is 25 and the student stability rate is 97%.[8]

County-sanctioned athletic programsEdit

Debate teamEdit

The Nova High School debate team is one of the top four largest teams in the United States, with its National Forensic League rating consistently wavering between fourth and sixth in the country.[citation needed] The team is also the largest and most winning team in the NFL Manatee District (the second biggest district in the country according to the February 2011 Rostrum Magazine), the most successful in Florida, and the top-ranked team in the Southeast United States.[citation needed] Nova is well known for its sweepstakes wins at national tournaments like the Yale Invitational, the Glenbrooks Tournament in Chicago, the Emory Barkley Forum, the Harvard Invitational, and more; this is in addition to consistently winning first place overall at state and regional tournaments such as the University of Florida Blue Key Tournament, the Crestian Classic, the Sunvitational, and the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Tournament.[citation needed] The Nova High School debate team also has the third most invitees to the prestigious Montgomery Bell Academy Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin, behind Newton South High School (Massachusetts) and Theodore Roosevelt High School (Iowa). Moreover, the performance of Nova High at the NFL National Tournament each June is evidently a testament to the team's national standing.[9] The team has seven National Champions since 2000: Jeff Hannan in Student Congress, Gregory Bernstein in Student Congress Scott Jacobson in Student Congress, Matt Futch in Student Congress, Allison Pena in Extemp Commentary, and in 2011 – Jamaque Newberry in Dramatic Interpretation, Jared Odessky in Domestic Extemperaneous Speaking, and Gregory Bernstein in Congressional Debate in both 2012 and 2013.[citation needed] In 2013 the team was also one of only three in the nation to win overall excellence at Nationals. In 2017 Rafey Khan and Cornelia Fraser placed first in nationals in Public Form.[citation needed]

Baseball teamEdit

Coach Pat McQuaid has led the Nova Titans baseball team for 42 years.[citation needed] To honor the coach's service to the school, the baseball field was named Pat McQuaid Field. Recent accomplishments include state championships in 2004 and 2005. In each of those years, the Titans were ranked #1 in the nation by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. In April 2010, Coach McQuaid was inducted into the F.H.S.A.A. (Florida High School Athletic Association) Hall of Fame for his lifelong contribution to coaching high school baseball in the State of Florida.[citation needed]

Former Nova High School players to see game time with a Major League Baseball team include Doug Johns (Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics), Harry Chappas (Chicago White Sox), Michael Morse (San Francisco Giants), Jeff Fiorentino (Baltimore Orioles), Anthony Swarzak (Minnesota Twins), and Tyler Kinley (Colorado Rockies).

Swim, dive, and water polo teamsEdit

Since 1968, Nova High School's Swim, Dive, and Water Polo Teams have earned 1 National Record, 1 National Champion, 183 All-Americans, 8 National Scholar Team Awards, 7 Team State Championships (12-Time Runner-up), and 58 Individual State Titles. From 2006 to 2015.[citation needed]

Drama clubEdit

Nova High School's Drama Club has participated in the Florida State Thespian Festival and received Excellents, Superiors, honorable mentions, and critics choice.[citation needed] The Weight of Words is an anti-bullying show written by Nova High students and the Lovewell Institute, and performed throughout Florida by current students enrolled in the acting class. This play is a "call for action" for all audience members that will transform any audience into agents of change. The Weight of Words is becoming widely known and is now being performed in other states and schools.[citation needed]

Nova High Band ProgramEdit

NHS Band Director History. Nova HS has had 8 full time band directors over time.[citation needed] Fred Humphreys spent 7 years with the program before his son Mark Humpreys became the assistant director in 1983. The following year Fred took a step back before completely leaving the school leaving Mark to lead the program until 1993. Maria Kluttz joined the faculty at Nova HS, bringing the first marching band to the school. Joshua Bishop being the longest tenured director at the high school since its opening of the band program, in May 2022 Josh will complete his 14th year as the Director of Bands![citation needed]

Year Director of Bands Associate Director of Bands
1976–1977 Fred Humphreys
1977–1978 Fred Humphreys
1978–1979 Fred Humphreys
1979–1980 Fred Humphreys
1980–1981 Fred Humphreys
1981–1982 Fred Humphreys
1982–1983 Fred Humphreys
1983–1984 Fred Humphreys Mark Humphreys
1984–1985 Mark Humphreys Fred Humphreys
1985–1986 Mark Humphreys
1986–1987 Mark Humphreys
1987–1988 Mark Humphreys
1988–1989 Mark Humphreys
1989–1990 Mark Humphreys
1990–1991 Mark Humphreys
1991–1992 Mark Humphreys
1992–1993 Mark Humphreys
1993–1994 Maria Kluttz
1994–1995 Maria Kluttz
1995–1996 Maria Kluttz
1996–1997 Maria Kluttz
1997–1998 Maria Kluttz
1998–1999 Maria Kluttz
1999–2000 Maria Kluttz
2000–2001 Jaime Roth
2001–2002 Jaime Roth
2002–2003 Jaime Roth
2003–2004 Jaime Roth
2004–2005 Jaime Roth
2005–2006 Cerese Sutton Eric Jefferson
2006–2007 Eric Jefferson Cerese Sutton
2007–2008 Eric Jefferson Cerese Sutton
2008–2009 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2009–2010 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2010–2011 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2011–2012 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2012–2013 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2013–2014 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2014–2015 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2015–2016 Joshua P. Bishop Kasandra E Sheley-Kopek
2016–2017 Joshua P. Bishop
2017–2018 Joshua P. Bishop
2018–2019 Joshua P. Bishop
2019–2020 Joshua P. Bishop
2020–2021 Joshua P. Bishop
2021–2022 Joshua P. Bishop

Notable alumniEdit


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