Booker T. Washington High School (Miami)

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Booker T. Washington High School
Established August 1926/ Regained High School Status August 1999
Type Public secondary
Principal William Aristide[1]
Students 1,049
Grades 9–12
Location Overtown, Miami, Florida, USA
District Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Campus Urban
Colors Black and Orange
Mascot Tornado
School hours 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Average class size 16
Website Booker T. Washington website
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Booker T. Washington High School is a secondary school located at 1200 NW 6th Avenue in Miami, Florida, USA. Booker T. is located in the Overtown neighborhood, and serves families in the Overtown, Downtown, Park West, and Omni neighborhoods. Its principal is William Aristide.


Booker T. Washington Senior High School opened its doors in 1926 to the black residents of Dade County, Fl. It is the second oldest public high school that was built for the Black Residents of Dade County, being the George Washington Carver Sr. High was the first (started by the St. Paul A.M.E. Church of Coconut Grove, FL). Students from as far as Palm Beach County came for education to this school. The school was converted to a middle school 1967 to help desegregate the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Construction for the current Booker T. Washington Senior High began in 1996 and the school was converted back to a high school as an overcrowding reliever facility for Miami High School and Miami Edison Senior High School in 1999. In 2006, 11% of the students scored at or above proficiency in reading on the FCAT state examination and 39% scored at or above proficiency in math. The school was included in the district's School Improvement Zone up until the end of the 2007-2008 school year, which includes an extended day and lower class size. The school has a 40ft. diameter teaching planetarium.


Booker T. Washington is 54% Black, 44% Hispanic (of any race), and 2% White non-Hispanic.[2]


The Booker T. Washington "Tornadoes" athletic rival within the city of Miami is Miami Northwestern High School.

In May 2007 the Tornadoes were crowned Florida's FHSAA Class 3A State Champions in track and field.

After finishing as runner-up in the 2011 championship game, the Tornadoes won consecutive FHSAA Class 4A Football State Championships in 2012 and 2013.[3][4][5] With Tim Harris as head coach, the team was also selected as the 2013 winner of the High School Football National Championship, an honor awarded on rankings from USA Today/National Prep Poll. The Tornadoes' national championship selection was supported by a 14-0 season that included a 55-0 defeat of then national #6 ranked Norcross (GA) Blue Devils, followed with a win over then national #2 ranked (and Miami-Dade county rival) Miami Central Rockets, 28-17 on September 6, 2013.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Booker T. Washington SHS". Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Booker T. Washington Senior High School". Public School Review. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ 2011-12 FHSAA Football Championship Stats
  4. ^ 2012-13 FHSAA Football Championship Stats
  5. ^ 2013-14 FHSAA Football Championship Stats
  6. ^ Tim Kephart (September 6, 2013). "Booker T. Tops Miami Central 28-17". CBS. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andre C. Fernandez (September 6, 2013). "Clash of Dade football powers Central and Booker T. has national impact". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 25°47′11″N 80°12′17″W / 25.786283°N 80.204772°W / 25.786283; -80.204772