Coral Gables Senior High School
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|Coral Gables Senior High School|
450 Bird Road
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. Adolfo Costa|
|School hours||7:15 AM to 2:20 PM|
|Average class size||37|
|School motto||Dirigo (Latin for "I lead")|
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.
The school opened in 1950, for the education of white students only. 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". Ponce de Leon High School became Ponce de Leon Middle School.
In 1965, when integration of public schools was mandated by the federal courts, the nearby black school, Carver was closed, and many black students transferred to Coral Gables. Initially, black students were not allowed to attend school social events, but sports became a great unifier. Football coach Nick Kotys and others manned the doors to allow entrance to black students. One of the new kids, Craig Curry, became known as "the Negro quarterback" and led the team to an undefeated season in which they dominated the mostly all-white competition, ultimately being named "The Team of The Century" by the FHSAA
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. 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.
Coral Gables SHS is 82% Hispanic (of any ethnicity), 6% Black, 10% White non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/other.
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.
highlights is the Coral Gables SHS news magazine. It has been in circulation since 1948. The 2015-2016 school year was the first that highlights was published as a news magazine with six yearly issues instead of a newspaper format with seven to eight yearly issues. The change was made due to perceived shifts in the taste of the student body as well as for financial reasons. Each issue of highlights has 32 pages and includes 6 sections: Features, News, Opinion, Sports, The Scene, and Insight sections.
highlights 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 2018 FSPA Convention). The staff's work has been nationally recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).
GablesLive! is the current TV Production program that goes live every morning at exactly 7:17 A.M with the latest news about the school. They have competed in various competitions such as FSPA, STN, and J-Day.
Catharsis is the literary magazine of Coral Gables SHS. It was previously called Encore. The 30-member staff produced its first magazine under the new name in 2010. It has been accepted to membership in the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).
The Gablettes are the Coral Gables Senior High School Dance Team.
Thespian Troupe 476
Troupe 476 is an honors society that has been a subset of the Coral Gables Senior High theater program since the school's opening. It is an audition-only class made up of approximately 30 students every year who compete at the district and state levels in different events, such as One Acts, Monologues, Large Group Musical, Playwriting, etc. They also have in-school performances throughout the year like the One Acts, IE, Gables Shorts, Alumni, and Final Showcases.
Band of Distinction and Color Guard
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.
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, such as SFWGA. The Coral Gables Guard is well known for their intricate, innovative routines. Each member competes in the Florida Bandmasters Association's solo and ensemble competitions.
- Zach Banks - racing driver.
- Jimmy Arguello - professional dancer, So You Think You Can Dance
- Allan Bakke - applied to the University of California Medical School at Davis but was rejected two times on the basis of a racial quota system; this led to the U.S. Supreme Court's Regents of the University of California v. Bakke decision
- Steve Cohen - member of Congress from Memphis, Tennesseein Miami, Florida.
- Gail Edwards - actress on It's a Living, Blossom, Full House
- Robert H. Frank (class of 1962) - professor of economics at Cornell University and business columnist for The New York Times
- Lillian Glass - author, media personality
- Gil Green - music video and film director
- Paul Jennings Hill - first person to be executed for killing an abortion provider
- Silvio Horta - television producer, Ugly Betty, Jake 2.0
- Maxx Klaxon (Class of 1989) - electropop musician and performance artist
- Katherine Kurtz - fantasy writer
- William B. Lenoir - astronaut on early Columbia space shuttle mission
- Donna Jo Napoli - writer of children's books
- David Norona - television actor
- Paul Steinhardt (Class of 1970) - co-discover of icosahedrite, a naturally-occurring icosahedral quasicrystal
- Janet Reno - former US Attorney General; captain of Coral Gables High debate team
- Karen Russell (Class of 1999) - author
- Winston Scott - former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain
- Roy Sekoff (Class of 1978) - founding editor of Huffington Post
- Hugh Wilson (Class of 1961) - movie director/writer, creator of WKRP in Cincinnati, Emmy winner
- George Winston (Class of 1967) - jazz/new-age pianist
- Frank Zagarino (Class of 1978) - action movie actor
- Maxine Clark (Class of 1967) - founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Tom Bailey - Philadelphia Eagles
- Glenn Cameron (Class of 1971) - linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals
- Neal Colzie (Class of 1971) - defensive back, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Craig Curry - "Negro Quarterback" of Gables first integrated team, which was named Team of the Century by the FHSAA
- Al Del Greco - placekicker, Green Bay Packers, Phoenix Cardinals, Houston Oilers
- Gary Dunn - Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jonathan Diaz - professional baseball infielder for the New York Yankees organization.
- Frank Gore (Class of 2001) - running back, Miami Dolphins
- Patrick McCain (Class of 2009)- quarterback for the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League
- Ralph Ortega (Class of 1971) - Atlanta Falcons
- Denzel Perryman (Class of 2011) - linebacker, Los Angeles Chargers
- Larry Rentz - San Diego Chargers
- Pat Ruel (Class of 1968) - offensive line coach, most recently for the Seattle Seahawks and the USC Trojans
- Darryl Sharpton (Class of 2005) - Houston Texans, Washington Redskins
- Gerald Tinker (Class of 1968) - Olympic athlete and professional football player, Atlanta Falcons
- Jonathan Vilma (Class of 2000) - linebacker, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints
- Van Waiters (Class of 1983) - Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings
- Cary Williams - attended the school for one year; cornerback, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks
- Yonder Alonso - baseball player, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres
- Juan Alvarez - former professional baseball player, Anaheim Angels, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins
- Randy Clark - former professional boxer
- Al Cueto - ABA basketball
- Mike Fuentes - former professional baseball player, Montreal Expos
- Rick Greene - former professional baseball player, Cincinnati Reds
- Glen Johnson - boxer
- Mike Lowell - Florida International University, baseball, New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox
- Jim Maler - former professional baseball player, Seattle Mariners
- Eli Marrero - baseball player, former Major League catcher, St. Louis Cardinals
- John Pennel (Class of 1958) - pole vaulter; first person to clear 17 ft (5.2 m); 11 world records; two-time Olympian
- Eddy Rodríguez - baseball player, San Diego Padres
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