Miami Central High School
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|Miami Central High School|
|West Little River, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA|
|Motto||ad astra per aspera--to the stars through adversity|
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Principal||Gregory Bethune (as of 2012-13)|
|Average class size||30|
|Website||Miami Central High School official website|
Miami Central Senior High School, commonly referred to as Central Rockets, is a secondary school located at 1781 NW 95th Street in West Little River, unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA. The school serves most of the northern fringes of the city of Miami as well as parts of North Miami, Opa-Locka, the village of Miami Shores, and the village of El Portal. The current principal is Gregory Bethune. Miami Central opened its doors in 1959; the school mascot and colors were chosen in honor of NASA and its space program which was an event at the time of the schools opening. In the early 1990s, the school acquired a computer science magnet program placed as part of the district's initiative to devote school space to certain magnet programs so as to attract minority students to schools with large populations of one particular ethnic group.
Central's athletic rival is Miami Northwestern High School.
Miami Central High is 81% Black, 17% Hispanic, 1% White non-Hispanic, and 1% German.
Notable alumni 
- William Cordova, Class of 1988 -The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, BFA (1993–1996) and Yale University MFA (2002–2004). Pursued Art History/literature & creative writing. Was included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial Exhibition (2008) and has published on culture and art in CORE publication, Art Lies Magazine and Anti Periodical (Yale publication). Cordova also works with community activist groups BASE and Jericho Movement both based in NY.
- Abdias Charles, Class of 1999. Haitian Minister of Tourism 2007-2010, Rutgers University (B.S 2004)Founder of RepairHaiti.org, published several articles on crime prevention.
- David J. Smith, II, Class of 1988 - U.S. Marine (89-95), Florida A&M University Magna Cum Laude (2002),NFL Miami Dolphins Operations Department (2002); UPS Sale Executive (03-07) FedEx Sales Executive (07 - 09), and currently Regional Sale Executive Dunbar Armored Inc. South Eastern Region
- Nana Atakora, Class of 1999 - U.S. Navy (00-03), St. Thomas University (2010), Chief Executive Officer for The Miami Millionaires Club 2015 Organization
- Leniox (Chuck) Gilbert Jr. class of 1989- United states Marine Corps 0811(1989-1994), Columbia Southern University (presently), Facility Safety Coordinator (Covanta Energy) United states largest waste to energy facility (2000–present). Department of Labor SGE program (Special Government Employee)V.P.P. auditor (2000–Present).
- Ronnie Belliard, Class of 1994 - Infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers (1998–2002), Colorado Rockies (2003), Cleveland Indians (2004–2006), St. Louis Cardinals (2006) Washington Nationals (2007–2009) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009–2010)
- Tracy Reid, Class of 1994 - played in the WNBA; played college basketball** at the University of North Carolina
- Elvis Peacock, Class of 1974 - Running Back for the Los Angeles Rams (1979–1980) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1981); played college football at the University of Oklahoma
- Dwight Drane, Class of 1979 - Defensive Back for the Buffalo Bills (1986-1981); played college football at the University of Oklahoma
- Bruce Armstrong, Class of 1983 - Offensive Tackle for the New England Patriots (1987–2000); played college football at the University of Louisville
- Tyrone Butterfield, Class of 1994 - Wide Receiver in the CFL, XFL, Arena Football League; played college football at the University of Michigan & Tennessee St. University
- Najeh Davenport, Class of 1997 - Running Back for the Green Bay Packers (2002–2005) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2006–2008)
- Antonio Brown, Class of 1998 - Wide Receiver for the Buffalo Bills 2003, Washington Redskins (2004-2005); played college at the West Virginia.
- Willis McGahee, Class of 2000 - Running Back for the Buffalo Bills (2004–2006), Baltimore Ravens (2007–2010) and the Denver Broncos (2011-present); played college football at the University of Miami
- Bryan Pata, Class of 2003 - Defensive Lineman who played college football at the University of Miami before being shot to death on November 7, 2006.
- Darnell Jenkins Class of 2002- Wide Receiver for the Houston Texans 2008- played college football at University of Miami.
Josue Charles, Class of 1997 - Wide Receiver CFL Pending
- Ali Highsmith, Class of 2003 - Linebacker/Defensive Back for the Arizona Cardinals (2008); played college football for Louisiana State University
- Dennis Brown, Class of 2004 - Quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders (2010–present); played college football at the Norfolk State University
- Demetrius Byrd, Class of 2005 - Wide Receiver for San Diego Chargers (2009); played college football for Louisiana State University
- Rob Issac, Class of 2007 - Cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2011–present); played college football at the Middle Tennessee State University
- Rakeem Cato, Class of 2011 - Quarterback for the Marshall Thundering Herd
Josue Charles, Class of 1997 - Wide Receiver* Cartlon "Cotton" Brown -Grambling Head Coach
Other Sports 
- Kurt Thomas, Class of 1974, American Olympic gymnast, operates the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas, inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Track And Field 
- Bershawn Jackson, Class of 2002 - ranked #1 in the world in the 400 meter hurdles; bronze medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics
These are the school's grades by the year since the FCAT began in 1998:
- 1998-1999: D
- 1999-2000: D
- 2000-2001: D
- 2001-2002: D (280 Points)
- 2002-2003: D (283 Points)
- 2003-2004: F (268 Points)
- 2004-2005: F (264 Points)
- 2005-2006: F (278 Points)
- 2006-2007: F (351 Points)
- 2007-2008: F (376 Points)
- 2008-2009: D (417 Points)
- 2009-2010: C
See also 
- Miami Central High School - About Our School. Retrieved on 2009-05-21.
- "West Little River CDP, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 12, 2010.
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Miami Central High School Official Website
- Miami Central Class of 1969 alumni page
- Miami Central Class of 1989 alumni page