Miramar High School

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Miramar High School
Miramar High School crest.jpg
"Where Dreams Take Flight"
Address
3601 Southwest 89th Avenue
Miramar, Florida, 33025
USA
Coordinates 25°58′34″N 80°15′43″W / 25.97611°N 80.26194°W / 25.97611; -80.26194Coordinates: 25°58′34″N 80°15′43″W / 25.97611°N 80.26194°W / 25.97611; -80.26194
Information
Type Public
Established 1968
School district Broward County Public Schools
Superintendent Robert Runcie
Principal Brian C. Faso
Grades 912
Enrollment 2622 [1] (August 2013)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Red
     White
     Blue
Nickname Miramar Patriots
Website

Miramar High School is a public high school located in Miramar, Florida. The school opened in 1970 and serves students residing in southwest Broward County; however, magnet students may hail from elsewhere in the county.

Miramar High School serves grades 9 through 12. The school houses two magnet programs: an Aviation program and the International Baccalaureate program. Miramar has an FCAT school grade of "A" for the academic year ending 2011, up from "B" the year before.[2]

Academics[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2013-2014, the total student enrollment is 2,646. The ethnic makeup of the school is 3.1% White, 77.2% Black, 13.0% Hispanic, 5.1% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.4% Multiracial, and 0.2% Native American or Native Alaskan.[3]

Rankings[edit]

FCAT[edit]

Miramar, in 2011 and 2012, ranked as an "A" school according to Florida's FCAT grading scale.[2]

Newsweek Magazine[edit]

Ten Broward County Public Schools (nine public high schools and one charter high school) were recognized among Newsweek Magazine’s top high schools in the nation in 2009; Miramar High School was ranked in the top six percent of American public schools. The rankings are derived by adding up the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge tests taken by students at a school divided by the number of seniors graduating the same year. The data ranking was based on data from the 2007/08 school year.[4]

Miramar High School was ranked last in Florida and 6508 in the nation.[4]

Magnet Programs[edit]

International Baccalaureate[edit]

Miramar High was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in January 2001 and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in May 2008.[5] Students take IB exams in May of each academic year while retakes are conducted in November. The program, as of May 2012, offers Biology SL, Biology HL, Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, English A1 HL, French B SL, French B HL, European History HL, Math Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, Music SL, Music HL, Psychology SL, Psychology HL, Spanish AB SL, Spanish B SL, Spanish B HL, and Theory of Knowledge.[5] Students can choose to order and take different tests if they are proficient in an area not offered at Miramar High School or they have recently transferred from another International Baccalaureate school.

Aviation Science[edit]

The Aviation Science Magnet program at Miramar High offers college level aviation courses through the Broward College Aviation Institute. Optional tracks available to students include Flight and Aviation Maintenance Technology that may be taken concurrently with Aviation. This program prepares students for advanced training in: Air Traffic Management, Aviation Maintenance, Aeronautical Engineering, and Flight Meteorology/Weather Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.[6] The Aviation program begun in 2000.

Vocational/Technical Programs[edit]

Automotive Program[edit]

Miramar High School is home to both a class and extracurricular automotive program that teaches students skills related to vehicular mechanics; students learn both a trade and life-skills during the program.

In 2012, Miramar High School's Electric Car "The Black Pearl" (in honor of Johnny Depp's tenure at the high school) set a new world record for electric vehicles designed and built by high schools, colleges, and universities at the Electric Vehicle International Expo in Tampa, Florida.[7] The Black Pearl traveled down a 1/4 mile dragstrip in 11.319 seconds and backed up the record within 1% at 11.401. The vehicle accelerated from 0-60 mph in 1.7 seconds and reached 118 MPH before the end of the 1/4 mile. The Black Pearl also netted Miramar High school 1st place against all vehicles, even corporate produced racing vehicles.[8]

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)[edit]

Miramar High School houses a chapter of HOSA. HOSA is a national technical organization that prepares students for careers in the medical field. HOSA students at Miramar High School plan school-wide blood drives through the American Red Cross; obviously, the procedure is conducted by volunteer health professionals. However, the experience provides valuable insight into a common procedure within the healthcare community and exposes students to the realities of medical practices. The blood is donated by the American Red Cross and used for humanitarian deeds and medical necessity.[9]

Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver Certification[edit]

Students at Miramar High School can leave high school fully certified in either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Dreamweaver.[10] Students may take a full-time class or attend a small-scale class following school to obtain the guidance necessary to earn the certification.

Student Life[edit]

MHSTV[edit]

During the second semester of the 2008 - 2009 academic year, a group of students founded Miramar High's first television production program named MHSTV. The group met after school every day to pre-record the next day's morning news and announcements, edit them, and upload them to the school's website for streaming the next morning. Although they had very little equipment in comparison to similar programs at other schools, MHSTV received great support from the student body and administration. For the 2008 - 2009 year, the program was mostly student-run. For the 2009 - 2010 year, the school's administration incorporated the program into the International Baccalaureate program's Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course. MHSTV has streamed over 120 episodes.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Miramar Patriots' Soldier Band From Patriot Land[edit]

Miramar High School has a band enrollment of over 400 students and has consistently received "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings at District and State Performance Assessments sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association.[11] The band has been nationally televised and has had feature performances and appearances on stations such as CBS, SunSports, the NFL Network, and WGN Chicago where their performance in the McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade was televised to over 75 Million homes nationwide. They have performed for events and teams such as the Miami Dolphins, Spirit Airlines, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl, and have been featured in two Broadway musicals.[11]

Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)[edit]

Crest of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Miramar High School

Miramar High's JROTC program, through formal inspection, has received the prestigious 'Gold Star Insignia.'[12] Therefore, Miramar's Patriot Battalion is identified as an Honor Unit with Distinction, the highest possible certification awarded. The award is bestowed upon fewer than ten percent of high schools in the nation.[13]

Athletics[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Miramar High established Broward County's first boys' soccer program in 1974.

Football[edit]

Miramar-Flanagan Brawl (2007)[edit]

On September 28, 2007 at Miramar High's stadium, a bench-clearing brawl between seated, rival footballers occurred that interrupted the Miramar-Flanagan football game; this was Broward County's largest on-field brawl.[14] The game was stopped by a referee because of the possibility that further outbreaks on the field and bleachers would erupt.[15]

Following the interruption of the game, a film of the occurrence was sent to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to decide the fate of the belligerent parties.[15] The FHSAA suspended 28 Miramar players and 26 Flanagan players from playing. In addition, both schools were fined by the State of Florida a total of $12,150 and neither school was allowed to participate in the 2008 Spring Jamboree and 2008 Fall Pre-season Jamboree.[16]

The game resumed on October 29, 2007 in an empty Lockhart Stadium with five minutes remaining in the third quarter with Miramar leading 20-7. The game was played without the 54 suspended players. This incident is thought to be the largest mass-suspension in state high school history.[16]

State Championship (2009)[edit]

Miramar High School won their first State Championship title on Dec 19, 2009. Miramar High School beat DeLand High School of DeLand, Florida 42-20. Miramar High was the first team from Broward County to win a 6A state championship and the first in the county to win in the largest classification since Hollywood Hills won 4A in 1973.[17]

Miramar High's athletic rival is Everglades High School.

Notable alumni[edit]

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