Cardinal Gibbons High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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Cardinal Gibbons High School
CGHS Crest.png
2900 NE 47th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (Broward County) 33308
United States
Coordinates 26°11′7″N 80°6′29″W / 26.18528°N 80.10806°W / 26.18528; -80.10806Coordinates: 26°11′7″N 80°6′29″W / 26.18528°N 80.10806°W / 26.18528; -80.10806
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto "Excelsior"
(Latin: Ever Onward)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
Oversight Archdiocese of Miami
Supervising Principal Paul Ott
Faculty 106
Grades 9-12
Age range 13-18
Enrollment 1,450
Classrooms 48[1]
Campus Urban
Campus size 26 acres
Color(s) Red and White          
Athletics FHSAA and BCAA
Mascot Chief
Nickname Gibbons
Team name Chiefs
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Newspaper Insight
Yearbook Excelsior
Tuition $8,100-9,900 (2013)[3]
Athletic Director Mike Morrill

Cardinal Gibbons High School, commonly known as Gibbons, is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. CGHS was established in 1961 and was named after James Gibbons, the second Cardinal in the United States. CGHS is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is also the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence in Education Award. CGHS has over 1,450 students from ninth to twelfth grade on its 26 acres (110,000 m2) campus in the residential area of Coral Ridge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[4]


Cardinal Gibbons was established in September 1961, by Coleman F. Carroll, who appointed Thomas A. Dennehy the first supervising principal, Marie Schramko, principal of the Girls' Division and Henry Mirowski, principal of the Boys' Division. CGHS opened its doors to 176 freshmen and sophomores on a campus with two buildings. In the following years, the addition of the eleventh and twelfth grades, an enlarged faculty, a field house, science wing, cafeteria, gym, and new classrooms led to the current ten buildings.

In 1972, the school became co-educational. On June 17, 1973, Joseph Huck was appointed to succeed Dennehy as supervising principal. From September 1974 to December 2002, Joseph J. Kershner served as supervising principal. Upon Kershner’s retirement December 2, 2002, Paul D. Ott was appointed interim principal. His appointment as principal became effective July 1, 2003.

CGHS Today[edit]

In a campus-style setting are ten separate buildings, a gym that seats 1,337, American football and baseball fields, a quarter-mile track, and six tennis courts. There are 48 classrooms equipped with networked computers, a media center, computer lab, eight science labs, a music room, art and ceramic room and a chapel that seats 300. Renovation on the "C-wing" was recently completed and now the Wing hosts several technologically advanced science classrooms and labs. Accompanying these technological developments are the use of iPad's in classrooms with e-textbooks and digital notes.

Academic and Athletic Merits[edit]

In 1987, CGHS was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Excellence in Education Award. Only 271 schools throughout the United States and its territories received this award.[citation needed]

Cardinal Gibbons fields 34 athletic teams and has won state titles in Competition Cheerleading, Boys' and Girls' Volleyball, Boys' and Girls' Tennis, Baseball, Wrestling, and Ice Hockey, most recently received the State Title for the 2014-2015 Boys' Basketball.

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