Homestead High School (Homestead, Florida)
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|Homestead Senior High School|
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue & Orange|
|School hours||7:20 am - 2:20 pm|
|Average class size||20|
Homestead is one of two high schools serving a community that includes most of Homestead, Florida City and Leisure City. The high school offers magnet programs, including the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Aviation/Aerospace, Academy of Travel and Tourism, an Environmental Horticulture Science and Services program, and a Health Science Education program (one of only three such programs in the state that lead to a Certification in Practical Nursing).
In 1992 Homestead High School was severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew, forcing the school to delay opening for the 1992-1993 school year by two weeks. Most of the families in the surrounding community left after the hurricane, but a few stayed, living in tents, mobile homes, or shared accommodation in other parts of the county. Those students still living in the area were forced to attend other schools in the district, which were at times ten to fifteen miles away.
The damage done to Homestead High School was not significant enough for it to be demolished. Within a year of the disaster, Homestead High School and nearby South Dade High School (also damaged by Andrew) opened their doors to the still devastated areas welcoming students whose families had not left the area. Since the hurricane, the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic mix of the community and school has changed, mainly due to the building of low income housing in the areas where middle-class homes were once located.
Homestead High School is 52% Hispanic, 43% Black, 4% White, and 1% Asian.
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