Dr. Michael M. Krop High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
Front of Krop High School.jpg
1410 County Line Road
Miami, Florida 33179
United States
Type Public magnet
Established 1998
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Allison Harley
Faculty 239
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,684 (2014-15)[1]
Campus size 315,000 square feet (29,300 m2) 39.44 acres (159,600 m2)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Black, Silver, & Purple               
Mascot Lightning Dr. Michael M. Krop High School (emblem).png
Nickname Krop Lightning
Newspaper The Lightning Strike

Coordinates: 25°58′17″N 80°10′25″W / 25.97150°N 80.17350°W / 25.97150; -80.17350 Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School is a secondary school located at 1411 County Line Road in the Ives Estates, an unincorporated area of north Miami-Dade County (Miami address), Florida, US. However, it serves the city of Aventura, northern fringes of North Miami Beach, and the unincorporated areas around the school such as Ives Estates and Ojus. The school is located on the Miami-Dade side of the Miami-Dade-Broward County line, and is the northernmost high school in the district. Dr. Allison Harley currently serves as Krop's principal.

Krop is considered to be a magnet school because it has a "Students Training in the Arts Repertory (STAR)" program. This magnet program is a visual and performing arts program that is open to students in the greater Miami area. Due to the recession of 2008 and ongoing financial issues, the STAR program has had severe cuts in its funding.

The school gained national attention after one of its students, Trayvon Martin, was killed in a controversial shooting.

The school's athletic rival is Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus.


Built on a former landfill, construction for Dr. Michael M. Krop High School began in 1996 after the Miami-Dade School Board approved plans to build a new high school in North Miami-Dade County to lessen overcrowding in local secondary schools, including North Miami Beach High School.[citation needed] Various secondary schools in northeast Dade were relieved by Krop.[2] When it first opened it had about 1,500 students.[3] Opening its doors in 1998, Krop began with 9th and 10th grades and eventually added 11th and 12th grades; its first graduating class was the class of 2001. At the time of its opening, Krop had a total enrollment of 1,475 students.

In early 1998, before its opening, the naming of the school triggered some controversy, as letters from members of the community indicated a preference for a more generic name. The school is named after Dr. Michael M. Krop,[4] an orthodontist born in 1930 who was first elected to the Miami-Dade School Board in 1980. He retired from the board in 2004, after 24 years of service.[citation needed] Former board members Janet McAliley and Betsy Kaplan stated that they would not support renaming the school after him.[4] On February 17, 1998,[citation needed] the city council of Aventura issued a resolution urging the Miami-Dade County school board to name the new high school in northeast Miami-Dade County "Dr. Michael M. Krop High School." The Aventura Marketing Council, which included Krop as a member, and the city of North Miami Beach, also passed resolutions favoring the name change.[4]

When Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus opened in 2009, it relieved Krop High. Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, and portions of North Miami Beach were rezoned to Mourning from Krop.

In 2012, even though Krop had a strong academic reputation, some parents in the Aventura area promoted the idea of the city starting a charter high school. The city council refused to go forward with the idea.[5]


The school, in Ives Estates,[6][7] is in proximity to the Miami-Dade County-Broward County line. Audra D.S. Burch and Carol Isensee of the Miami Herald described the campus as "sprawling".[8]

In 1998 the north side of the campus had barbed wire. At the time of opening the area roads were dead-ends.[2]

STAR Academy[edit]

The STAR Academy is a performing and visual arts program that engenders Krop as a magnet school. Students in the "Students Training in the Arts Repertory (STAR)" program are involved in one or more of its six strands - dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, and television production. Students are accepted into the program through an audition process. Two of the six classes out of a student's yearly class schedule are dedicated to the arts each year. Tri-M (Modern Music Masters), the music honor society at Krop, is administered by the head of the vocal music strand of the STAR program, Dr. Gary Keating.

The Lightning Strike[edit]

The Lightning Strike[9] is Krop's monthly student newspaper.

The newspaper was begun in 1998, when the school opened. It is designed using the page layout software Adobe InDesign and photo editing program Adobe Photoshop.

As of the 2005-2006 school year, the paper was converted to color on the front, middle and back, and is 20 pages each issue.

The newspaper is a member of the High School National Ad Network, Florida Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll Honor Society.



Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School has a gymnasium which is used for basketball, volleyball and badminton. The football and baseball fields are located on campus, although the varsity football team plays at FIU Campus. The athletic director is Coach Kypriss[when?]. MKHS offers these athletics:

The American football team plays its home games at North Miami Stadium. It was established in 1998 with 65 students in the 9th and 10th grades.[3]


State Championships[12]

  • Tennis (girls) - 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Tennis (boys) - 2004, 2006, 2007

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • In 2012, Trayvon Martin, a junior at Krop, was killed in an encounter that gained widespread national attention.[14]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DR. MICHAEL M. KROP SENIOR HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Garcia, Lisette. "KROP STUDENTS' ENTHUSIASM RUNS HIGH" Miami Herald. September 6, 1998. Section Neighbors NE p. 3. Available from NewsBank, Record# 9809110528.
  3. ^ a b Viera, David. "KROP BECOMES THE NEW SCHOOL ON THE BLOCK." Miami Herald. September 3, 1998. Section Neighbors KE p. 28. Available from NewsBank Record # 9809050359.
  4. ^ a b c Kissell, Ted B. "The Name Game." Miami New Times. Thursday October 22, 1998. Retrieved on January 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Bojnansky, Eric. "Class Conflict" (Archive). Biscayne Times. September 2012. Retrieved on January 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Home page. Dr. Michael M. Krop High School. Retrieved on October 10, 2015. "1410 NE 215 Street Miami, FL 33179"
  7. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Ives Estates CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 10, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Burch, Audra D.S. and Carol Isensee. "Trayvon Martin: a typical teen who loved video games, looked forward to prom." Miami Herald. Thursday March 22, 2012. p. 3 (). Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  9. ^ The Lightning Strike
  10. ^ krop2012.com Archived January 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Krop's athletics website Archived 2011-02-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ FHSAA.org: Florida High School Athletic Association
  13. ^ a b Burch, Audra D.S. and Carol Isensee. "Trayvon Martin: a typical teen who loved video games, looked forward to prom." Miami Herald. Thursday March 22, 2012. p. 1. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  14. ^ Odzer, Ari. "Krop Senior High Students Honor Fallen Classmate Trayvon Martin With "Chain of Life"." NBC Miami. Tuesday March 27, 2012. Retrieved on December 9, 2012.
  • Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School (2010–2011) agenda

External links[edit]