Blanche Ely High School

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Blanche Ely High School
Blanche Ely's mascot 2013-12-24 02-49.jpg
1201 Northwest 6th Avenue
Pompano Beach, Florida, 33060-5318
United States
Coordinates 26°14′34″N 80°07′51″W / 26.242766°N 80.130758°W / 26.242766; -80.130758Coordinates: 26°14′34″N 80°07′51″W / 26.242766°N 80.130758°W / 26.242766; -80.130758
Type Public
Motto "Home of the Mighty Tigers" "Destination Excellence"
School district Broward County Public Schools
Principal Karlton Johnson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,874[1]
Color(s)      Orange
Mascot Mighty Tiger

Blanche Ely High School is a high school located in Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida. The school was formerly known as Pompano Negro Grammar School then Pompano Colored School. Originally, the school (and its rival school Attucks High School) served only the black residents of Broward County. Blanche Ely High School serves all cities in Broward County that are north of Sunrise Blvd.

The school is named for Blanche Ely, an African-American teacher, principal, and social activist.[2]

Magnet program[edit]

Blanche Ely High School offers medical and engineering magnet programs and vocational programs such as the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and the LPN nursing

The PRACTICAL NURSING Program at Blanche Ely High School is part of the Board County Practical Nursing Program. It is the only Practical Nursing Program in a comprehensive high school in the State of Florida. Students who qualify for this program, and successfully complete it, are awarded certificates of completion at the end of their senior year. They also qualify to take the Florida State Board of Nursing licensing exam (NCLEX) to become Licensed Practical Nurses.

In addition to completing the general education requirements for graduation, students are required to take specific prerequisites prior to acceptance into the program. Courses in the discipline of nursing are taken during the junior and senior years and include classroom, laboratory and nursing practicum in a variety of health care settings. Such as clinics, nursing homes & hospitals. Emphasis is placed on preparing students capable of safe, competent practice with provisions for progressive educational growth and upward mobility in nursing. Admission into the program is both limited access and competitive.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Their mascot is the Mighty Tiger. State championship include 2002, 2003, and 2006 in football, 1993, 2007, 2012, and 2013[3] in boys basketball, and 2003 and 2007 in track and field.[4]


The marching band is known as the Mighty Tiger Marching Band. The marching band participates in Friday night football games entertaining spectators and teams. The band has traveled to perform and compete at events to include the 73rd Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Florida Classic Battle of the Bands, and the Florida Bandmasters Association District 15 Evaluations. The school's jazz bands and concert bands have also successfully performed at state and national evaluations. It is now being run by marching band director Richard Beckford.


Blanche Ely High School has an Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) unit.

Television production[edit]

BETV was a daily newscast that featured anchors, reporters, and special segments that are broadcast throughout the school. The newscast won awards twice.[5][6] BETV aired its final episode (Episode #1330) on 7 June 2010.


Blanche Ely High School provides a wide range of organizations students can get involved in. Whether its to help win scholarships or have a little fun after school. These organizations include: SIGMA, The Ladies of Intrigue, Adimu: Men of Excellence, Kiada: Ladies of Distinction, Gentlemen of Influence, French Club, Bandaids, Icon, ESA, etc.


As of 2011, the total student enrollment was 2034. The ethnic makeup of the school was 81% Black, 10% White, 6% Hispanic, 1% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1% Multiracial, and 1% Native American or Native Alaskan.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


Name Class year Notability References
Esther Rolle 1938 - best known for her portrayal of "Florida Evans" on the "CBS" television sitcom "Maude" and its spin-off series "Good Times" Rosewood


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Patrick Peterson 2008 professional football player
Walter McFadden 2005 professional football player
Corey Simon professional football player
Henri Crockett professional football player
Tyrone Carter professional football player
Jerome McDougle professional football player
Zack Crockett professional football player
Eddie Jones professional basketball player
James Jones professional football player
Joshua Moore 2006 professional football player
Clint Session professional football player
J.T. Thomas 2006 professional football player
Al Harris 1993 professional football player
Jabari Price 2010 professional football player


  1. ^ "Enrollment Count: Ely High". Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved February 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ Profile of Blanche Ely, referencing an earlier page of the Blanche Ely High School website
  3. ^,basketball&schoolid=b92f67cc-8773-4bf9-bcad-e28153b24d87
  4. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Honors". 
  6. ^ "2007 Awards". 
  7. ^ "Enrollment Counts". 

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