McArthur High School

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McArthur High School
McArthur High School Logo.gif
The McArthur High School's Official Logo
Established 1957
Type Public secondary
Principal Todd J. Lapace
Grades 9 to 12
Location Hollywood, Florida, USA
District The School Board of Broward County, Florida
Colors Green, White, and Orange
Mascot Mustang
Website McArthur High Website

McArthur High School is located in Hollywood, Florida. It serves students from both Hollywood and Pembroke Pines in grades 9 through 12. The school is a part of the Broward County Public Schools district.

Their mascot is the Mustang. School type: Public. School colors: originally Green and White throughout the '50s and '60s. Orange was apparently added later. School Hours 7:30- 2:30.

Alfred Ryll (former Mayor of Hollywood—1954/'55—and now deceased [1]) was McArthur's first principal, serving in that capacity into the 1960s. Mr. Todd J. Lapace was named the principal in 2010.

The school was founded in 1957 at its current location (on land donated by educator and dairy magnate, J.N. McArthur). That first year saw classes of 7th through 9th grades. Many classes in the early years were held in portable classrooms although construction of the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, library, and administrative offices was soon begun. The existing student body as well as the new 7th Grade class entering in 1958 were served by those new facilities, although there were still several portable structures on campus.

Planning was already in progress for feeder schools (then called Junior High Schools, now known as Middle Schools), and in the Fall of 1959, the eventual Class of '64 left McArthur and attended Driftwood (students living north of Hollywood Boulevard) and Henry D. Perry (students living south of Hollywood Boulevard) Junior High Schools. In both cases, 8th Grade was in portable classrooms and 9th Grade was in new physical plants. Succeeding classes went directly to Driftwood and Perry.

1960 saw the first Senior Class graduating from McArthur and 1959/'60 saw the last 9th Grade class attending until the reorganization of the school structure. (need date) In the Fall of 1961, the last 7th Grade class to attend McArthur (and the classes following) returned to complete their Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years.

McArthur High has an FCAT school grade of "A" for the 2011-2012 academic year.[2]

McArthur is historically known for having a strong athletic program. Even in the early 1960s, with less than a decade of existence, Mustangs won weight lifting championships (County Champions, 1964). Under Coach Bill Gilmartin the Boys Cross Country Team won the State Championship in 1964. Rivalries (beating crosstown rival South Broward and conference rival Stranahan in football—1963), and enjoyed some tournament success (Gold Coast Champions and District Champions, 1964) in basketball.

The wrestling team, under Coach John Lyzott,won the 4A Florida High School State Championship in 1979 and the 3A State Championships in 1986, 88, and 89 earning the status of one of the elite wrestling programs in the state of Florida. The Girls Cross Country team, under Coach Mike DeLucia, won the 4A Florida High School State Championship in 1977,1978,1979 and 1980. The Girls Track and Field Team, under Coach DeLucia, won the 4A Florida State Championship in 1978 and 1979. The baseball team has also won a number of district championships in the past with the most recent coming in 2011 under the guidance of former Head Baseball Coach, Daniel Baugh. The football team has also won its share of football games especially in the 90's and early 2000s never having a losing season until recently. Former Head Football Coach, Keith Franklin earned the best season for the Mustangs taking the team to the 3rd round of FHSAA playoffs in 2001. McArthur hired Andrew Rhoden in December 2010, a former assistant coach of Hampton University to return the Mustang program back to a contender in the state. The Mustangs went (7-4) in 2011 breaking a number of school, county, and state records while ending the season winning the 411 Pain Bowl vs Flanagan High School.


As of 2013-2014, the total student enrollment was 2255. The ethnic makeup of the school was 18.8% White, 27.6% Black, 47.0% Hispanic, 4.4% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.8% Multiracial, and 0.4% Native American or Native Alaskan.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Known for
Erasmus James Former NFL football player and first round draft pick.
Oddibe McDowell Former Major League baseball star. One of only 276 players in history to hit for the cycle.
Bryant McFadden NFL football player
Damion McIntosh NFL football player
Miriam Gonzalez Playboy playmate
Errict Rhett Former NFL football player
Wayne Smith CFL football player


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Coordinates: 26°00′42″N 80°13′02″W / 26.0117572°N 80.21727°W / 26.0117572; -80.21727