South Miami High School
|South Miami Senior High School|
|6856 Southwest 53 Street
Miami, Florida, 33155
|Motto||Our Hope and Pride|
|Established||November 10, 1971|
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Orange and Brown|
|Mascot||Coby the Cobra|
|Newspaper||The Serpent's Tale
|School hours||7:20 AM to 2:20 PM|
|Average class size||22|
The school is about a mile and a half west of the University of Miami. It contains a magnet program, named the Celia Cruz School of the Arts, which offers programs in seven strands: Media Production (with emphasis on television and film), Computer Graphics, Music, Photography, Commercial Arts (with emphasis on Illustration), Dance, and Drama.
South Miami Senior opened its doors to students on November 10, 1971, built to relieve the overcrowding at Southwest Miami High, Coral Park Senior High and Coral Gables High School. The student body selected the Cobra. The school's first principal, Warren Burchell, chose the colors orange and brown because he was originally from Ohio and he chose the colors because of the Browns.
Since opening, South Miami has had five principals: Dr. Warren G. Burchell, Ms. Judy Weiner, Mr. Thomas L. Shaw, Mr. Eugene Butler, Mr. Craig Speziale, and now Mr. Gilberto Bonce. Dr. Burchell was the longest serving principal, serving 22 years.
South Miami HS is 84% Hispanic, 8% Black, 7% White non-Hispanic, and 1% Asian.
- Ivette Corredero – runner up in Big Brother 6
- Albert Gonzalez – charged hacking more than 170 million credit card numbers—the biggest computer fraud in history
- Carlos Ponce – singer, songwriter, actor
- Marco Rubio – Class of 1989; Speaker of the House of Representatives for Florida. Now U.S. Senator from Florida.
- Raúl De Molina – is the multiple Emmy award winning co-host of Univision Networks #1 rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca.
- Rick Rodriguez – President/GM of qubo children's network seen on NBC, Telemundo and ION Television
- Julio Robaina – former mayor and commissioner city of South Miami, currently serving in the Florida House of Representatives
- Mia Michaels-Class of 84 American choreographer best known for Judging So You Think You can Dance
- Jose Barrios, Former MLB player (San Francisco Giants)
- Dennis Sherrill – Class of 1974; played Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees in 1978 and 1980
- Margie Goldstein-Engle (born 1958), equestrian show horse champion
- Dennis McKinnon – Class of 1979; Wide Receiver, played for the Chicago Bears (1983–1989, including the 1985 Super Bowl champions) and the Dallas Cowboys (1990); played collegiately at Florida State University
- Derrick Thomas – Class of 1985; Linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs (1989–1999); played collegiately at the University of Alabama
- John Corker – Class of 1976; Linebacker who played four seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Houston Oilers.
- Damian Harrell – Arena Football League wide receiver/defensive back; played collegiately at Florida State University
- Phil Clarke – Class of 1995; Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints (1999–2003); played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh
- Wayne Capers – Class of 1979; Wide Receiver, Played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1983–1984) and Indianapolis Colts (1985–1986); played collegiately at the University of Kansas
- Paul Hazel- Class of 2009; Linebacker for the Cleveland Browns played collegiately at Western Michigan University.
- SMHS History
- South Miami Senior High School Profile | Miami, Florida (FL)
- The Association for Women in Communications, Atlantic-Florida Chapter – Susan E. Sachs Scholarship
- 'Soupnazi' hacker Albert Gonzalez went from nerdy past to life of sex, guns and drugs – New York Daily News – August 19, 2009
- Paul Hazel - Cleveland Browns - 2013 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com
- South Miami Senior High School Official website
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- GreatSchools.net Web page for South Miami High School