Miami Palmetto High School

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This article is about the high school in Pinecrest, Florida. For other high schools with the same name, see Palmetto High School (disambiguation).
Miami Palmetto Senior High School
Miami Palmetto Senior High School Seal.png
Established September 1958
Type Public secondary
Principal Allison Harley
Students 2,883 students
Grades 9–12
Location Pinecrest, Florida, United States
District Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Campus Suburban
Colors Columbia blue and white         
Mascot Panther
School hours 7:20–2:20

Vis Per Scientiam

Latin for "Strength through knowledge"
Assistant Principals Victoria Dobbs
Tierney Hunter
Bridgette Tate
Douglass Lobo

Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a secondary school located at 7460 S.W. 118th Street in Pinecrest, Florida, USA, a Miami suburb; its principal is Dr. Allison Harley. The school is on 23 acres (93,000 m²) in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida, and is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district. Miami Norland Senior High is Miami Palmetto's sister school by original blueprints. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[1]

Miami Palmetto's athletic rivals are Miami Killian High School and Coral Reef High School. Coral Gables High School and South Dade High School were rivals throughout much of the school's history.


The school was built in 1958. Miami Palmetto serves a diverse population both culturally and socio-economically. It is one of two public high schools with a white non-Hispanic plurality in Miami-Dade County, the other being Tracy and Alonzo Mourning High School. The school is 40% white (non-Hispanic), 34% Hispanic, 18% black (non-Hispanic), 5% Asian, and 3% multiracial.[2]


Miami Palmetto students score higher on both state and national assessments than other standard (non-magnet) public schools in Miami-Dade County. For example, according to Newsweek's List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2011),[3] Miami Palmetto is ranked at 251 in the nation (23rd in the State of Florida). This ranking is based on self-reported statistics[4] including:

  • On-time graduation (91%)
  • Graduates immediately enrolling in college (95%)
  • Various standardized test scores (45%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)

Miami Palmetto is currently participating in a pilot program of AP Capstone.

School Performance Grade Trends[5][edit]

School Year School Grade
2010-2011 A
2009-2010 B
2008-2009 A
2007-2008 A
2006-2007 B
2005-2006 A
2004-2005 A
2003-2004 B
2002-2003 A
2001-2002 A
2000-2001 A
1999-2000 C
1998-1999 C

Miami Palmetto media[edit]

Miami Palmetto has two publications: the newspaper, "The Panther",[6] and the yearbook, Palm Echo. Both are managed by staffs composed entirely of students, with Kurt Panton serving as adviser to both. The daily morning newscast, WPAW, airs on closed-circuit channel 3.


State Championships

  • Boys golf – 1967
  • Softball – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008
  • Girls tennis – 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • Boys tennis – 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996
  • Wrestling – 1974, 1976, 1996
  • Boys Swimming – 2009, 2010
  • Girls water Polo - 1980, 1986
  • Boys Water Polo – 1984

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ 2011: America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
  4. ^ 2011's Best American High Schools: How We Compiled the List - Newsweek and The Daily Beast. (2011-06-20). Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
  5. ^ Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
  6. ^ The Panther : The news site of Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.

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