Coral Gables Senior High School

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Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables, Florida
United States
Type Public secondary
Established September 1950; 66 years ago (September 1950)
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Mr. Adolfo Costa
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,300[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Crimson and Grey          
Mascot Cavaliers
School hours 7:15 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size 37
School motto Dirigo (Latin for "I lead")
Coral Gables High School

Coral Gables Senior High School is a secondary school located at 450 Bird Road in Coral Gables, Florida, at the corner of LeJeune Road.

Coral Gables SHS opened its doors in 1950; its architectural design reflects a Spanish influence, with open courtyards adorned with water fountains. New buildings have been added to its 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus, most recently a three-story building.

Coral Gables SHS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The last review took place in the spring of 2006. The instructional faculty consists of 183 teachers. Eighty-two members of the faculty have a master's degree and six faculty members have earned a doctorate degree. Coral Gables High School was one of only twelve high schools in the nation to win the Siemens Foundation's Award for Advanced Placement. It ranks 221st in Newsweek's Top 1,000 U.S. Schools.[2]

Coral Gables SHS is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Douglas Road Station.


The school opened in 1950.[3] High school students had been moved from the previous campus, Ponce de Leon High School. The new Coral Gables High retained the school yearbook name, Caveleon, and the school mascot, "Cavaliers".[4] Ponce de Leon High School became Ponce de Leon Middle School.[5]

In September 2009 a 17-year-old student stabbed another 17-year-old student to death at the school. The perpetrator received a 40-year prison sentence.[6] Francisco Alvarado of the Miami New Times said that the incident "spawned a lot of reactionary comments from Coral Gables High parents and former students, expressing shock that such a violent episode could take place at an otherwise well-behaved school in an affluent neighborhood," and that he had received two emails that said that Coral Gables High was in decline.[7]


Coral Gables SHS is 82% Hispanic (of any ethnicity), 6% Black, 10% White non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/other.[8]

During the 1950s some Jewish students were in the attendance zone for Coral Gables High but were instead sent to Miami High School; this was especially the case with girls, as many high-status girls' clubs at Coral Gables High did not admit Jews. Not having extracurricular credits would hurt a student's admission status with universities.[9]

News magazine[edit]

highlights is the Coral Gables SHS news magazine. It has been in circulation since 1948. It was under the direction of Brenda Feldman for more than 25 years. The current adviser is Melissa Nieves. highlights runs from 16 to 20 pages, and it includes News, Opinion, Insight, Features, The Scene, and Sports sections. The staff ranges from 30-40 members. It participates in the Florida Scholastic Press Association's (FSPA) district and statewide conventions, and has received the top 'All-Florida' award for several years (most recently at the 2011 FSPA Convention). The staff's work has been nationally recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).

Literary magazine[edit]

Catharsis is the literary magazine of Coral Gables SHS. In the 1980s and 1990s the magazine, then called Encore, was under the direction of Miriam Rosen, but it took a hiatus for several years. Recently, the magazine has been revamped and revived under the direction of adviser Camile Betances. The 30-member staff produced its first magazine under the new name in June 2010 and has been accepted to membership in the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).[10]


The Gablettes are Coral Gables SHS dance troupe. They usually attend the NDA National Dance Championships in Orlando and the American Dance Alliance State Competition in Miami.

Band of Distinction and Color Guard[edit]

The Coral Gables Band of Distinction is a student group dedicated to music. The group contributes to the community by entertaining at pep-rallies, football games and competitions. Band members participate in competitions such as the Florida Bandmasters Association's solo and ensemble competitions.

In summer, members of the band participate in various outdoor events to get into shape for band camp. In autumn they participate in marching season, where along with the Gables Guard, they perform weekly at football games. In spring they perform indoors.

The Gables Guard is the color guard of Coral Gables SHS. During the fall the band and color guard perform together at school football games and marching competitions. In winter the color guard performs and competes in indoor competitions. The Coral Gables Guard is well known for their intricate, innovative routines. Each member competes in the Florida Bandmasters Association solo and ensemble competitions.

Notable alumni[edit]



Other sports[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ School profile
  2. ^
  3. ^ "School Profile." Coral Gables High School. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Bramson, Seth H. Coral Gables (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0738543055, 9780738543055. p. 99.
  5. ^ Parks, Arva Moore. George Merrick's Coral Gables: Where Your 'castles in Spain' are Made Real. Past Perfect Florida History, January 1, 2006. ISBN 0974158968, 9780974158969. p. 39. "Across Dixie Highway, Merrick began construction on Ponce de Leon High School, now Ponce de Leon Middle School."
  6. ^ Tester, Hank and Brian Hamacher. "Teen Gets 40 Years in Gables High Stabbing." (Archive) NBC Miami. Tuesday November 29, 2011. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Alvarado, Francisco. "New Details on Coral Gables High Stabbing." Miami New Times. Tuesday September 15, 2009. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
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  9. ^ Moore, Deborah Dash. To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A.. Harvard University Press, 1994. ISBN 0674893050, 9780674893054. p. 87.
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  11. ^ "Robert H. Frank". Who's Who in America, 65th edition. Accessed via LexisNexis on March 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Gables High leads county in Merit Semifinalists" (PDF). Coral Gables High Lights. October 5, 1961. 

Coordinates: 25°44′3.22″N 80°15′45.88″W / 25.7342278°N 80.2627444°W / 25.7342278; -80.2627444