Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
|Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School|
5901 Pine Island Road
|School type||Public secondary school|
|Motto||"Be Positive, Be Passionate, Be Proud to be an Eagle!"|
|School district||Broward County Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||120018002721|
|Teaching staff||129 (on a FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||24.48|
|School color(s)||Burgundy and silver|
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in June 2008
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDH) is a four-year, comprehensive, U.S. public high school located in Parkland, Florida, in the Miami metropolitan area. It is a part of the Broward County Public School district, and it is the only public high school in Parkland, serving almost all of the limits of that city as well as a section of Coral Springs. In 2018, the school became the scene of a deadly mass shooting carried out by a 19-year-old former student. The school is named after the writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was named after the Everglades environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The school opened in 1990, the year of her centennial with students in grades 9 through 11, most of whom transferred from nearby schools Coral Springs High School and J. P. Taravella High School. The first senior class graduated in 1992.
On February 14, 2018, a shooting occurred at the campus, leaving 17 dead and over 17 more wounded. The shooter, a former student, was apprehended. Authorities have charged former student Nikolas Cruz with first-degree murder in response, and legal proceedings were ongoing as of January 2019.
Students from Stoneman Douglas were instrumental in changing Florida law, on March 4, 2018, to raise the legal rifle-owner age from 18 to 21, with a three-day wait, after they had helped to organize nationwide student protests, following the shooting.
The MSD athletics department operates programs in football, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track, water polo, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, wrestling, swimming, cross country, and golf.
Cheerleading coach scandal
The cheerleading squad at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School received international attention in 2012 when Coach Melissa Prochilo, who had come to MSD from Coral Glades High School, was fired in response to complaints from parents. Parents complained about being charged thousands of dollars for their children to participate in the program, and alleged that the coach mishandled the team's finances and encouraged bullying, one saying "(Coach Prochilo) herself bullied some of the girls."
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has numerous officially recognized clubs and school activities, including an a cappella musical club, an astronomy club, Best Buddies, a book club, Brain Brawl, Business Professionals of America, a chess club, a chorus, Coding Club, Universal Geek Club, a culinary club, a debate team, DECA, English Honor Society, First Priority, Future Educators of America, a French language club, a gay-straight alliance, a health & fitness club, HOPE club, HOSA (for health occupation students), Inter-Club Council, International Thespian Society (drama club), Interact club, a Jewish student union, an Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps unit, a Key Club, a literary magazine, Makers Space Club, Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders, Model United Nations, MSD Stands Up To Cancer, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, a school newspaper, an orchestra, PAWS, a politics club, a psychology club, Quill & Scroll, Rho Kappa, a robotics club, Rowdy Eagles, SADD, Save What's Left, Science National Honor Society, SECME Club, Student Government Association, a Spanish language club, Spoken Word, SS Competition, Step Team, a technology club, Teen Trendsetters, Tri-M Music Honor Society, a television and film club, Women of Tomorrow, and a school yearbook team.
Stoneman Douglas Drama Club
Several students in the Stoneman Douglas Drama Club wrote "Shine", a song which is a memorial to the victims of the school shooting and to "anyone who has ever experienced gun violence." It has been performed at various venues, including a nationally broadcast CNN town hall, and at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. It has also been performed by other musical groups, such as the Badiene Magaziner Vocal Studio at the March for Our Lives rally in New York City on the same day. The drama club performed at the 2018 Tony Awards.
As of the 2015-2016 school year, the total student enrollment was 3,158. The ethnic makeup of the school was 59% White, 12% Black, 20% Hispanic, 7% Asian and 2% multiracial. 23% of the students were eligible for free or reduced cost lunch.
- Dave Aizer, news anchor of Southflorida.com on The CW, former Slime Time Live host on Nickelodeon
- Nick Bilton, journalist and author
- Karamo Brown, TV personality
- Mike Caruso, Major League Baseball player
- Matt Fox, Major League Baseball player
- Emma González, activist
- Shayne Gostisbehere, National Hockey League player
- Ian Grushka, bassist
- Kyle Kashuv, activist
- Nikolas Cruz, Mass Murderer on Trial for 2018 Shooting.
- David Hogg, gun control activist
- Cameron Kasky, activist
- Steve Klein, guitarist
- Jesus Luzardo, Minor League Baseball Player
- Jordan Pundik, singer
- Anthony Rizzo, Major League Baseball player
- Cassie Scerbo, actress, singer, and model
- Jared Moskowitz, Florida State Representative (D)
- Nicholas Thompson, pro golfer
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Notable alumni include ...“Sharknado” actress Cassie Scerbo...
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