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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
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5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, Broward County, Florida 33076
United States
Coordinates 26°18′16″N 80°16′04″W / 26.3044468°N 80.2678302°W / 26.3044468; -80.2678302[1]Coordinates: 26°18′16″N 80°16′04″W / 26.3044468°N 80.2678302°W / 26.3044468; -80.2678302[1]
School type Public secondary school
Motto "Be Positive, Be Passionate, Be Proud to be an Eagle!"
Established 1990; 28 years ago (1990)
School district Broward County Public Schools
CEEB code 101348
NCES School ID 120018002721[2]
Principal Ty Thompson
Teaching staff 129 (on a FTE basis)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3158 (2015–2016)
Student to teacher ratio 24.48
School color(s)          Burgundy and silver
Nickname Eagles
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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.


In the aftermath of the shooting, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania visited victim Maddy Wilford at Broward Health North Medical Center

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was named after the Everglades environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The school opened in 1990, the year of her centennial[3] with students in grade 9 through grade 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 many wounded. The shooter was apprehended.[4][5] Authorities have charged former student Nikolas Cruz with first degree murder in response, and legal proceedings are on-going as of June 2018.[6][7]


The MSD athletics department operates programs in football, volleyball, lacross, softball, tennis, track, water polo, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, wrestling, swimming, cross country, and golf.[8]

Cheerleading coach scandal

The cheerleading squad at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School received international attention in 2012 when Coach Melissa Prochila, who had come to MSD from Coral Glades High School,[9] 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 Prochila) herself bullied some of the girls."[10][11]


Newsweek magazine's 2009 national ranking of high schools rated Douglas as No. 208 in the U.S., and No. 38 in Florida, which was the highest ranking of any school in Broward County.[12]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had a Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) school grade of "A" for the 2011–2012 academic year.[13]

Extracurricular activities

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.[14]

Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the 2018 shooting at MSD, is a former member of the JROTC unit[15] as well as three of the victims.[16]

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.[17][18][19][20][21]


As of 2015 and 2016, 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.[2]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Stoneman Douglas High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 8, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  3. ^ Jack E. Davis (2009). An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. University of Georgia Press. pp. 552–. ISBN 978-0-8203-3071-6. 
  4. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella; Levenson, Eric (February 14, 2018). "At least 17 dead in Florida school shooting, law enforcement says". CNN. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  5. ^ Shapiro, Emily (February 14, 2018). "Police respond to shooting at Florida high school, suspect at large". Yahoo! News. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ Kosnar, Michael; Arkin, Daniel (February 16, 2018). "Florida shooting: FBI was alerted about threat on YouTube". NBC News. Archived from the original on February 16, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  7. ^ Lockie, Alex. "Suspect in Florida shooting could face death penalty for 17 counts of premeditated murder". Business Insider. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Athletic Schedules". Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  9. ^ Nevins, Buddy (2012-10-16). "More bullying alleged against fired cheerleading coach; Coral Glades High did nothing". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  10. ^ "'I feel like my whole world is shattering:' Cheerleading coach fired for 'pay for play' scandal and 'Mean Girls' bullying speaks out". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  11. ^ Gutman, Matt (2012-10-05). "Florida Cheerleader Coach Fired for Alleged Pay-to-Play Scheme". ABC News. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  12. ^ "SUBJECT: 10 District High Schools, One Charter Named Among Newsweek's Top High Schools". Broward County Public Schools. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  13. ^ "FCAT School Grades – High". Broward County Public Schools. 2012. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Clubs and Activities". Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  15. ^ Paula McMahon, Stephen Hobbs, Anne Geggis and Scott Travis (2018-02-14). "Nikolas Cruz: Troubled suspect had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-06-09. 
  16. ^ Tavss, Jeff (February 20, 2018). "Parkland cadet victims to receive JROTC heroism medals". Miami, Florida: WPLG. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  17. ^ WUSA9. "Stoneman Douglas Drama Club & student choir sing 'Shine'". (March 24, 2018).
  18. ^ El Australiano. "'Shine' (Stoneman Douglas HS) by Students of Badiene Magaziner Vocal Studio, NYC". (March 24, 2018).
  19. ^ CNN. "Students sing moving tribute to shooting victims". (February 21, 2018).
  20. ^ CNN. "Shooting survivors write, perform song". (February 21, 2018).
  21. ^ Erika Pesantes. "Amid darkness of massacre, student songwriters 'Shine' light". Chicago Tribune (March 10, 2018).
  22. ^ Diaz, Johnny (February 14, 2018). "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland – Facts about the site of mass shooting". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 15, 2018. Famous alumni include Dave Aizer, a news anchor for Fort Lauderdale-Miami The CW affiliate WSFL-Ch. 39. 
  23. ^ "Human Rights Campaign on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  24. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (April 8, 1998). "Caruso Just Wants To Play". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Matt Fox Stats". 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere reacts to shooting at old high school". February 15, 2018. 
  27. ^ a b c Bowker, Tom (March 15, 2001). "Real World Punk". Miami New Times. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Florida shooting: Cubs' Anthony Rizzo sends support to his high school". USA Today. February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  29. ^ Marr, Madeline (February 14, 2018). "It was the scene of unspeakable violence. Hours before, it was just another high school". Miami Herald. Retrieved February 15, 2018. Notable alumni include ...“Sharknado” actress Cassie Scerbo... 
  30. ^ Davis, Craig (February 26, 2015). "McIlroy saves up-and-down day with late birdies". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 

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