Barbara Goleman High School
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|Barbara Goleman Senior High|
|14100 NW 89th Ave.
Miami Lakes, Florida
|Established||August 28, 1995|
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Number of students||2,473|
|Color(s)||Burgundy and Las Vegas Gold|
|Athletics||Football, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Bowling, Swimming, Cross-Country, Badminton|
|Hours||7:20am – 2:20pm|
Barbara Goleman Senior High School is a secondary school located at 14100 NW 89th Ave in Miami Lakes, Florida,; its principal is Mr. Joaquin Hernandez. Goleman pertains to Miami-Dade County Public Schools Region I, and is school number 7751.
Due to the construction of a new senior high school named Hialeah Gardens High School (located in nearby Hialeah Gardens), Barbara Goleman welcomed to-be-sophomores from American Senior High for the 2008-2009 school year, replacing a portion of the class of 2011 which was transferred to the new school.
History and location
The schools doors opened to its founding group of students on August 28, 1995. The school was built to relieve overcrowding at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School located in nearby Hialeah and American High School, in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. Although it is located in Miami Lakes, Goleman mainly serves the western portion of the town of Miami Lakes, the nearby city of Hialeah Gardens and the extreme western portion of Hialeah, while the majority of Miami Lakes high school students attend Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School and American Senior High School, which is not in Miami Lakes, but is closer in proximity to most of the town. The school's location next to Interstate 75 makes it one of the first structures to greet travelers as they enter the county.
In 2009, Hialeah Gardens High School opened, taking attendance boundary territory from Goleman and Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School. In turn, Goleman took territory from American High School.
Barbara Goleman Senior High has twelve buildings. Buildings 1, 2, 11, and 12 are stand-alone, whereas Buildings 3-10 are interconnected. Building 1 is the largest building in the school, as well as the only building with three floors. It is located on the northern side of the school, directly opposite from Building 2, which houses administrative offices on the first floor, and the school's media center on the second floor. Building 3 is the auditorium, located to the south of Building 2. Buildings 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 have a combined student capacity near that of Building 1, and are located on the south side of the campus. Most elective courses are located in Buildings 4 and 5, while most science courses are located in Buildings 8 and 9. Building 6 is the cafeteria. Building 10 is the Jorge O. BGHS's gym is also named Sotolongo Gymnasium in dedication to the school's founding principal in 2000.
In addition to the original buildings, the school also has twenty-five portables located to the west of Building 1. These portables are commonly referred to as Building 11, although they are not one unified building. The portables are also inhabited by Hialeah Gardens High School rather than Barbara Goleman High School. Building 12 is commonly referred to as the "C" building, the "M" building, or the modular. It is a modular building recently added to the school, just to the west of Buildings 8-9.
Barbara Goleman is 94% Hispanic (of any race), 4% White non-Hispanic, 1% Black, and 2% Asian.
The school currently has a "A" grade as of the 2011-12 academic school year.
Goleman offers students the option of enrolling in academies. The academies include: I.B.R.A.(International Business Relations Academy), Fashion Marketing, T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education Academy: College Head start), Architecture and Construction, Wellness and Sports Management, and Insurance.
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In 1996, Goleman saw its first title in any sport by conquering its first District title in Wresting Its team was led by freshman David Galarce, David Bringas and Junior, Rey Mansito. In 2001 the Wrestling team produced the first State Championship of the school, led by Allan Herrera coached by David Labi. Allan followed it with 2 additional years as a State Champion and became the only 3X State Champion in the same weight class (160 lbs) in the history of FHSAA.
In 1999, the school had its first run at a state championship with its boys cross country team. The team, while holding an undefeated record in dual meets, finished the season with an 8th place finish in the state meet.
In 2005, the school's football team won their first district championship with wins against heavily favored rivals Hialeah High, American Senior High and Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High. Running backs Angel Quail and Randy Sherrod became the first running back duo to both rush for 1000 yards in a season in over a decade in Dade County. Head Coach Leonard Patrick was named High School Coach of the Year in Miami-Dade County.
In 2004, the softball team won its first District Championship versus Miami Springs at Virginia Gardens.
In 2007, the boys Soccer team qualified for the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC). They were able to defeat Killian 1-0 and Edison 3-0 to face American Senior High in the finals. The game went to penalty kicks, with a BGHS victory.
That same year, the girls soccer team made it into GMAC but fell short in the quarterfinals, although still qualifying for districts. They faced American Senior high in the Semi-finals, winning 3-0. They later faced North Miami Beach Senior High in the District finals, winning 2-0. Advancing to regionals, they lost to their rival Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School.
The 2008 Varsity baseball team won district 6A against rivals American Senior High School. Then won Regionals sweeping Southridge Senior High in an exciting two game series. They made it to the State Championship and lost in the first game against Lake Brantley, one of the top school in the state, 10-0. This team was managed by coach Manny Yanez.
Goleman's most successful athletic program is the wrestling team, coached by David Labi who has had 5 individual State Champions and 2 Runner-ups; followed by the baseball team, coached by Jose Fernandez which has won 8 district championships; then followed by Softball with 4 Districts Championships and 2 Regional Runner up coached by Orlando Barreda, Raul Costero, and Rookie Rosell.
Barbara Goleman's 1999 Basketball District Championship team to this day is still considered the best basketball team ever to play at Barbara Goleman by then and still current Coach Artie Cabrera.
Boy’s wrestling team:
- 1996 District Champions
- 2002 District Champions
- 2001-2003 Allan Herrera 160 lbs. 3X State Champion
- 2007 Gabriel Espinosa 125 lbs. State Champion
- 2008 Rey Parrado 140 lbs. State Champion
Boys soccer team:
- 2002 District Champions
- 2007 GMAC Champions
Boys football team:
- 2004 District Champions
Boys baseball team:
- 9 district championships
- 2008 Regionals
Girls soccer team:
- 2007 District Championships
- 1999 District Champions
- 2008 GMAC Girls Doubles Champions
- 2009 GMAC Girls Doubles Champions
- 2009 GMAC Boys Single Runner Up
- 2009 GMAC Mixed Doubles Runner Up
- 2009 GMAC Mixed Doubles Champions
- 2010 GMAC Boys Doubles Champions
- 2010 GMAC Mixed Doubles Champions
- 2004 District Champions
- 2007 District Champions
- 2009 District Champions & Regional Runner up
- 2010 District Champions & Regional Runner up
Beginning in the early 2000s, the school suffered from overcrowding due to a population explosion in the area. The school's population during the 2001-2002 school years surpassed 5,000; this was 1,000 more students than the school's official capacity of 4,015 students. Goleman's population problems have been alleviated thanks to the creation of nearby Hialeah Gardens High School, the school population standing under 3,000 students is in contrast to the situation several years ago when it was near 4,500.
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