Dade Christian School

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Dade Christian School
Address
Dade Christian School is located in Florida
Dade Christian School
Dade Christian School
6601 NW 167 St. Miami, FL 33015
Miami, Florida
United States
Coordinates 25°55′35″N 80°18′23″W / 25.9263°N 80.3065°W / 25.9263; -80.3065Coordinates: 25°55′35″N 80°18′23″W / 25.9263°N 80.3065°W / 25.9263; -80.3065
Information
Type Private Christian
Motto Where Christ Makes a Difference
Established 1961
Principal Doug Flores
Grades 2k–12th Grade
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and white
Athletics Baseball, flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball
Mascot Crusader
Accreditation Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
Website
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Dade Christian School is a private Christian school serving (2k-12th Grade) located in Miami, Florida. It is a ministry of New Testament Baptist Church. DCS has a 2012-2013 enrollment of 771.[1][needs update] As of 2008, it was the second largest private school in Miami-Dade.[2] It was founded as a segregation academy in response to the court ordered desegregation of Miami-Dade public schools.[3]

History[edit]

Al Janney, founder of New Testament Baptist Church and Dade Christian

Founding[edit]

New Testament Baptist Church was founded in 1954, and Dade Christian School in 1961 by Pastor Al Janney.[4] Al Janney founded Dade Christian School in reaction to court decisions removing mandatory prayer from public schools and as a segregation academy.[3] Al Janney pastored New Testament Baptist Church until 1976.[4] He also founded the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, the American Association of Christian Schools, and the Baptist University of America.[4] The next pastor E.G. Robertson pastored until 1986 and oversaw Dade Christian when it was named a Blue Ribbon School in 1984.[4]

Segregation ruling[edit]

In 1973 a lawsuit was brought against Dade Christian School by an African-American couple named in the court documents as Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Brown, Jr. At the time, Dade Christian was an all-white school. The Browns sought injunctive and monetary relief against the school for not allowing their two daughters to attend. The couple had been handed a card that said the policy of the school was "one of nonintegration" and had been asked to leave. The school claimed in their defense that it was against their religious belief to have a desegregated school because of their belief objecting to interracial marriages. The school lost, leaving Brown's attorney to comment that the last quasi-legal segregation had been eliminated. Surprisingly, the Browns still wanted their children to attend the school. When Dade Christian School appealed the ruling in Brown v. Dade Christian School, Inc. (581 F.2d 472) in 1977, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiff in what was considered an open question left by the Supreme Court at the time. The court failed to produce a majority opinion, though, deciding to limit themselves to the specifics of the case. They concluded that even if it was a part of the school's religious beliefs, it was a minor one and thus outweighed by anti-discrimination rules. This brought up questions regarding the free exercise of religion if courts can determine what a religion holds.[3][5][6]

Jackson 5 concert[edit]

In 1984, the school forbade students from attending The Jackson 5 concert at the Orange Bowl. School officials sent a letter to parents justifying this decision and stating that "rock music is associated with dancing, drinking, the drug scene and other unacceptable behavior." [7]

Athletics[edit]

Cheerleading[edit]

Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders national competition[edit]

At the 2006 Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders National Competition in Orlando, the junior high team won first place with a rendition of Grease. The elementary stunt group also finished first.[8][third-party source needed]

New Testament Baptist Church[edit]

New Testament Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church with two locations: Dade Christian School and The Master's Academy. The President and Senior Pastor was Dino J. Pedrone before he left to be the full-time president of Davis College on November 22, 2009. Former Miami Dolphins player Don McNeal is currently the Children's Ministry overseer.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

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