St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
|St. Thomas Aquinas High School|
Vita ∙ Deo ∙ Veritas
|2801 SW 12th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Miami|
|Supervising Principal||Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly|
|Student to teacher ratio||18:1|
|Campus size||25 acres|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Average SAT scores||574 Critical Reading
|Average ACT scores||24.2 (mean composite score)|
|Publication||Spectrum (Literary Magazine)|
$8,800 for students and families participating and contributing in a Catholic Parish
St. Thomas Aquinas High School (also known as STA) is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, that educates young men and women in the Catholic tradition of youth formation. The school was founded in 1936 as part of St. Anthony School. In 1952, the high school separated and moved to its current location under the name Central Catholic High School. Finally, in 1961, the school was named in honor of Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of Catholic education. Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the school currently enrolls 2,194 students on its 25-acre (100,000 m2) campus in southwest Fort Lauderdale.
On May 29, 1996, President Bill Clinton presented St. Thomas Aquinas High School with the Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in education. The Blue Ribbon Award, the Department of Education's most prestigious honor, recognizes schools for excellence in leadership, vision, teaching curriculum, student achievement, parental involvement and community support.
It was the second time in two decades that St. Thomas Aquinas had received recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was first recognized as a "School of Excellence" during the 1984-1985 school year.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School has been named to the Catholic High School Honor Roll five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010). It is the only Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Miami to have been listed as one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States for five years.
St. Thomas Aquinas accepts students from 102 feeder schools, 59 Catholic parishes, and three counties. An Entrance Exam is required for all incoming Freshmen. Prospective students must also submit their first semester 8th grade report card and two letters of recommendation from their current school. Final acceptance and enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of 8th grade. Prospective transfer students must submit an application along with a copy of their current high school transcript. Two academic letters of recommendation from current school officials must also be submitted to complete the application requirements.
Faculty and curriculum
The St. Thomas Aquinas faculty consists of three religious and 120 laypersons, with 73 teachers holding advanced degrees. The ratio of students to teaching faculty stands at 18 to 1. The faculty averages 20 years of teaching experience and 12 years of experience at the school.
The school offers 192 different courses in 9 subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Computer/Graphic Arts, and Theology. Students are grouped by ability with course offerings at Advance Placement, Honors and College-Preparatory levels.
National Merit achievements
Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is designed to honor academically talented high school students and stimulate increased support for their education. St. Thomas Aquinas has achieved high levels of recognition by placing many students among the finalists for the coveted National Merit Scholarship. Of the roughly 1.5 million students who sit for the PSAT and National Merit Qualifying Test only 8,300 are awarded scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
In 2005, St. Thomas Aquinas was recognized by Sports Illustrated as the third best high school athletic program in the nation. Of the more than 38,000 high schools in the U.S., fewer than one in a thousand made Sports Illustrated's list honoring schools with the nation's top athletic programs. The criteria emphasized all-around excellence during the last 10 years and included state championships won and the number of college athletes produced.
In 2011, St. Thomas Aquinas was named the nation's top athletic program by Maxpreps.
The Raiders have won 93 FHSAA state championships and have produced such athletes as tennis great Chris Evert, NFL star Michael Irvin and U.S. Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross. The school has been awarded the Broward County all-sports trophy by the Sun-Sentinel for 27 consecutive years. The athletic department has also won the FHSAA's Dodge Sunshine Cup every year since the awards inception in 1995.
- Baseball - 1995, 2003
- Basketball - 2001
- Cross Country - 2013
- Football - 1992, 1997, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
- Soccer - 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2011
- Swimming - 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Tennis - 1989, 1994, 2009
- Track and Field - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
- Water Polo - 2013
- Wrestling - 1985
- Cross Country - 2012, 2013
- Golf - 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 2001
- Soccer - 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014
- Softball - 1993, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014
- Swimming - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
- Tennis - 1972, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
- Track and Field - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014
- Volleyball - 1995, 2004
- Foluke Akinradewo, professional volleyball player and member of the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Bradley Ally, Olympian and bronze medalist in 200m Individual Medley at 2007 Pan American Games
- Geno Atkins, professional football player and 2-time Pro Bowl selection for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Alejandro Bedoya, professional soccer player and member of the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
- Giovani Bernard, professional football player for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Curt Brown, former professional baseball player
- Joe Castiglione, athletic director at the University of Oklahoma
- Jeremy Cain, former professional football player
- Audra Cohen, former professional tennis player and 2007 NCAA Women's Singles Champion
- Jason Dufner, professional golfer and winner of the 2013 PGA Championship
- Teague Egan, founder and CEO of 1st Round Enterprises and youngest contract agent in the National Football League Players Association
- Eric Eichmann, former professional soccer player and member of the U.S. Men's National Team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup
- Chris Evert, former professional tennis player and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Sean Gallagher, professional baseball player (Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Marcus Gilbert, professional football player
- Tyler Greene, current professional baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros)
- Tavares Gooden, former professional football player
- Richard Goodman, professional football player
- Arman Hall, gold medalist in the 400m at the 2011 World Youth Championships
- Leonard Hankerson, professional football player
- Stefan Humphries, former professional football player
- Michael Irvin, former professional football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Lamarcus Joyner, professional football player
- Kirsten Nieuwendam, Olympian who competed in the 400m Hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics
- Mark Merklein, former professional tennis player and 1993 NCAA Men's Singles Champion
- Chad Mottola, former professional baseball player and current hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays
- Gene Monahan, former head athletic trainer for the New York Yankees
- Ed Nelson, professional basketball player
- Kirk Olivadotti, assistant football coach at the University of Georgia
- Sterling Palmer, former professional football player
- Brian Piccolo, former professional football player and the inspiration for the film Brian's Song
- Vladislav Polyakov, Olympian and gold medalist in 200m Breaststroke at 2006 FINA World Championships
- Daryl Porter, former professional football player
- Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympian and gold medalist in Women's 400m at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Shawn Riggans, professional baseball player (Tampa Bay Rays)
- Twan Russell, former professional football player and Director of Youth and Community Programs for the Miami Dolphins
- Nate Salley, former professional football player
- Mike Stanley, former professional baseball player and 1995 American League All-Star
- Seilala Sua, Olympian who placed 10th in the Discus at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- India Trotter, former professional soccer player and member of the U.S. Women's National Team
- Major Wright, professional football player
- James White, professional football player
- Ed Yarnall, former professional baseball player
- Sam Young, professional football player
Arts, Entertainment, and Civil Service
- Steven Conrad, screenwriter and producer of The Weather Man, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", and The Pursuit of Happyness
- Chris Conrad, actor who appeared in The Next Karate Kid and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
- Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer and Blood Work, President of Mystery Writers of America
- Billy Crudup, actor who appeared in Without Limits, Almost Famous and Big Fish
- Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland
- Gerard John Schaefer Police officer and serial killer
- C. Dale Young, poet and recipient of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship
- William J. Zloch, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida
In 2006, a summer forensics class was on a field trip where they discovered what they assumed was a fake body planted by their instructor testing their analytic ability. It turned out to be a real one, thereby making international news.
- SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]
- Awards & Recognition, www.aquinas-sta.org
- Academic profile, www.aquinas-sta.org
- Freshmen admissions, www.aquinas-sta.org
- Upperclassmen admissions, www.aquinas-sta.org
- National Merit Scholarship, www.national merit.org
- Menez, Gene; Woo, Andrea (May 11, 2005), Best High School Athletic Programs, Sports Illustrated
- St. Thomas Aquinas named nation's top athletic program
- Newton, Michael. "Gerard Schaefer". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
- Julian Borger (2009-11-05). "CSI: Kids. Field trip unearths real body in Florida park". The Guardian.