Coral Gables Senior High School
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|Coral Gables Senior High School|
|Coral Gables, Florida
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. Adolfo Costa|
|Color(s)||Crimson and Grey|
|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. 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 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. 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).
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).
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
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.
- 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
- William Wu (Class of 2013) - entertainment and news personality on Telemundo/NBC Universal
- 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
- Buzz Kilman - radio personality
- 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
- 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
- Jeff Oster (Class of 1975) - jazz/new-age trumpet/flugelhorn artist
- 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
- Al Del Greco - placekicker, Green Bay Packers, Phoenix Cardinals, Houston Oilers
- Gary Dunn - Pittsburgh Steelers
- Frank Gore (Class of 2001) - running back, Indianapolis Colts
- Ralph Ortega (Class of 1971) - Atlanta Falcons
- Denzel Perryman (Class of 2011) - San Diego 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
- Miami-Dade County public schools
- highschooljournalism.org online newspaper - highlights
- Coral Gables Senior High baseball
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- School profile
- "School Profile." Coral Gables High School. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
- Bramson, Seth H. Coral Gables (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0738543055, 9780738543055. p. 99.
- 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."
- 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.
- Alvarado, Francisco. "New Details on Coral Gables High Stabbing." Miami New Times. Tuesday September 15, 2009. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
- 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.
- "Robert H. Frank". Who's Who in America, 65th edition. Accessed via LexisNexis on March 25, 2013.
- "Gables High leads county in Merit Semifinalists" (PDF). Coral Gables High Lights. October 5, 1961.