Design and Architecture High School

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Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH)
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Design District, Miami, Florida
Type Public magnet
Established 1990
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Ana Alvarez-Arimon
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 520 (2014-15)[1]
Color(s) Black and White          
Mascot Phantoms
Hours 7:40AM – 3:35PM

Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) is a magnet secondary school in the heart of the Design District in Miami, Florida, United States. US News & World Report ranked DASH as the 15th best public high school in the nation in 2009[2] and 16th best in 2012. Stacey Mancuso led DASH as Principal for 17 years from 1999 - 2016.

DASH is a part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district. The current principal is Ana Alvarez-Arimon.


DASH was founded in 1990 by former principal Jacqueline Hinchey-Sipes, who coined the motto "Education by Design". Over the past 15 years DASH has earned the reputation of being one of Florida's strongest public high schools, often making Miami-Dade county's highest marks on the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) exam and consistently receiving an assessment grade of A by the state. DASH has been featured in Dwell, Teen People magazine (Cool School of the Month, May 2000), and the Miami Herald. Newsweek ranked DASH as the 5th best public high school in the US for 2010. Over 95% of DASH graduates continue on to college, with most students receiving scholarships from many of the nation's top art and design programs. It was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, in 1994, 1995, and 2005.[3]

U.S. News World & Report 2016, DASH was ranked #2 High School in Florida, #6 Magnet School in the Nation, #20 High School in the Nation.[4]


The school features programs in architecture/interior design, entertainment technology, fashion design, industrial design, and visual communications/web design. The curriculum includes a strong four-year foundation in the fine arts, internships with local design firms, and dual-enrollment college-level design courses, such as performance art, taught by professors from local colleges as well as field professionals. Students take 8 courses a year (4 core classes, 2-3 art classes, and 1-2 electives) as opposed to the regular 6-course curriculum in most other Florida high schools.


DASH is 54% Hispanic (of any race), 28% White non-Hispanic, 14% Black, and 4% Asian.[5]

Fashion show[edit]

DASH holds an annual student-run fashion show in which the junior and senior fashion students show their collections to the community. In 2004, the school was invited to include its show as part of Miami's Fashion Week of the Americas, the US's largest Latin American fashion event.

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 25°48′49.02″N 80°11′28.59″W / 25.8136167°N 80.1912750°W / 25.8136167; -80.1912750