Miami High School
|Miami Senior High School|
|2450 SW 1st Street
Miami, Florida, 33135
|School type||Public, high school|
|Motto||Non verbis sed operis (Not by words, but deeds)|
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. Benny Valdes|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Mascot||"Whippy" the Stingaree|
Miami Senior High School
|Area||19 acres (7.7 ha)|
|Architect||Kiehnel and Elliott|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Mediterranean Revival with Moorish elements.|
|NRHP Reference #||90000881|
|Added to NRHP||June 18, 1990|
Miami Senior High School is a public high school located at 2450 SW 1st Street in Miami, Florida, United States operated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Miami Senior High School was founded in 1902, making it the oldest high school in Miami-Dade County. The high school is famous for its historic architecture, and the school building is considered a Miami historic landmark. As the oldest high school in Miami, Miami Senior High School has a rich alumni base with many graduates of the high school going on to varied, prominent careers. The high school originally served the earliest settling families of Miami in the first half of the 20th-century. By the late-1960s, with an increase in Miami's population, its student body grew at a fast pace.
Miami Senior High School is a historical Miami landmark and the first high school in Miami-Dade County, having been established in 1902, and opening its doors in 1903. The school's current campus opened in 1928 and was designed by the architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, one of the great early Miami architects.
It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Groundbreaking occurred early in 1926 but due to the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, the school's opening was delayed for over a year. The original school was established as a two-story wooden structure, for 15 students, on Northeast First Avenue. The school was first opened in early 1903 with an enrollment of 264. Miami High changed locations three times before it finally settled on its current four-story, 2,792-student campus. 1968 was a significant year for Miami High School. Structural changes were made to accommodate a newly installed air conditioning system. The original windows on the building were sealed with bricks before the completion of the work and students suffered in hot classrooms for a large portion of the year. It was also the year of the major Florida statewide teachers' strike of 1968, which caused students classes to be in chaos due to all the newly hired substitute teachers while regular school teachers walked picket lines for weeks.
The original building, the first that housed Miami High School in 1902 was abandoned after the new, permanent home opened in 1928. The original wooden building was found in 1983 in Brickell, being used as a private residence. It was eventually moved to nearby Southside Park in Brickell, carefully restored, and opened in 2009 as a community center. The current building from 1928 is the fourth home of Miami High School.
As of 2013, Miami Senior High is 48% Hispanic (29% Cuban, 16% Central American and 3% South American), 26% White non-Hispanic, 23% Black non-Hispanic and 3% Asian.
Historic architectural renovation
As of 2010, Miami Senior High was undergoing a historic restoration, renovation and remodeling project at the cost of approximately $50,265,000. This project commenced March 2010 and was targeted for completion November 2013.
- Gil Amelio - CEO of Apple Computer
- Alfredo Amezaga - MLB Outfielder, Chicago Cubs
- Atari Bigby - NFL, Green Bay Packers
- Marquand Manuel - NFL
- Steve Blake - NBA guard, Golden State Warriors
- Eddie Brown - Former NFL player
- Jeff Coopwood - Emmy nominated Actor/Broadcaster/Singer
- John Dasburg - CEO of Burger King
- Allen Edwards - college basketball player and coach
- Doug Edwards - NBA player (Atlanta Hawks)
- Robert L. Floyd - former Mayor of Miami, State Representative, Judge, and Miami Sheriff
- Luis Garcia, Former MLB player (Baltimore Orioles)
- Christopher George - (1929–1983) actor and former Marine 
- Bob Graham - Florida Governor and US Senator
- Philip L. Graham - Publisher of The Washington Post.
- Anthony Grant - Head Basketball Coach University of Alabama
- Carol Hanson - Former Florida State Representative (1982-1994) and Mayor of Boca Raton (1995-2001)
- Udonis Haslem - NBA Player, Miami Heat
- Steve Hertz - MLB player and Israel Baseball League manager
- Lindy Infante - NFL head coach, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts
- Jamaal Jackson - NFL center
- Donald Justice - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
- Mike Levy - Founder and former CEO - SportsLine.com now CBSSports.com
- Andre Johnson - NFL wide receiver, Houston Texans
- Lonnie Johnson – NFL player
- Veronica Lake - actress
- Frank Martin - Head Basketball Coach, University of South Carolina
- Gardnar Mulloy - tennis player
- Alfred Browning Parker - architect
- Roscoe Parrish - NFL WR, San Diego Chargers
- Juan Pena, Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox)
- Ed Roberts - Designed the first commercially successful personal computer in 1975.
- Mandy Romero, Former MLB player (San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies)
- George Smathers - U.S. Senator
- Bob Stinson, Former MLB player (Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners)
- Mario Valdez, Former MLB player (Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics)
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