Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is located in Florida
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is located in the United States
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
5901 Pine Island Road


United States
Coordinates26°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]
Other names
  • MSDH
  • MSD
TypePublic high school
MottoBe Positive, Be Passionate, Be Proud to be an Eagle
Established1990 (1990)
School districtBroward County Public Schools
NCES School ID120018002721[2]
PrincipalMichelle Kefford
Teaching staff142.00 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Enrollment3,330 (2017-2018)[2]
Student to teacher ratio23.45[2]
Color(s)Burgundy and Silver         
MarjoryStonemanDouglasHS 22Jun2008.jpg
Image of the school in June 2008

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDH or MSD) is a public high school in Parkland, Florida, in the Miami metropolitan area, United States. It was established in 1990 and is part of the Broward County Public Schools district. It is named after the writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas and 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.[3][4][5]

In 2018, it became the scene of a deadly mass shooting carried out by a 19-year-old former student.


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was named after the Everglades environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The school opened in 1990, the year of her centennial[6] 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, the school gained national attention when a shooting occurred at the campus, leaving 17 dead and 17 more wounded. The alleged gunman, who was a former student at the school, was apprehended hours later.[7][8] Authorities have charged the gunman with first-degree murder in response to the shooting, and legal proceedings were ongoing as of January 2019.[9][10]

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,[11] after they had helped to organize nationwide student protests, following the shooting.[12][11][13]


The MSD athletics department operates programs in football, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track, water polo, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, wrestling, swimming, cross country, and golf.[14]

Cheerleading coach scandal[edit]

The cheerleading squad at the school received international attention in 2012 when Coach Melissa Prochilo, who had come to MSD from Coral Glades High School,[15] 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."[16][17]


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.[18]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had a Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) school grade of "A" for the 2011–2012 academic school year.[19]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

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 (which earned a mention at the 2019 Pulitzer Prize award ceremony[20]), 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.[21]

Stoneman Douglas Drama Club[edit]

Several students in the Stoneman Douglas Drama Club wrote "Shine", a song which is a memorial to the victims of the school shooting in 2018 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.[22][23][24][25][26] The drama club performed at the 2018 Tony Awards.


As of the 2017-2018 school year, the total student enrollment was 3,330. The ethnic makeup of the school was 57% White, 11% Black, 22% Hispanic, 7% Asian and 3% multiracial. 27% of the students were eligible for free or reduced cost lunch.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "Stoneman Douglas, Marjory." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Parkland. Retrieved on September 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Coral Springs. Retrieved on September 22, 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella; Levenson, Eric (February 14, 2018). "At least 17 dead in Florida school shooting, law enforcement says". CNN. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
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  14. ^ "Athletic Schedules". Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Nevins, Buddy (October 16, 2012). "More bullying alleged against fired cheerleading coach; Coral Glades High did nothing". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "'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. October 5, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Gutman, Matt (October 5, 2012). "Florida Cheerleader Coach Fired for Alleged Pay-to-Play Scheme". ABC News. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "FCAT School Grades – High". Broward County Public Schools. 2012. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  20. ^ David, Beard (April 24, 2019). "The Student Journalists of Stoneman Douglas High Earned a Rare Honor at This Year's Pulitzers". Mother Jones. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
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  22. ^ WUSA9. "Stoneman Douglas Drama Club & student choir sing 'Shine'". (March 24, 2018).
  23. ^ El Australiano. "'Shine' (Stoneman Douglas HS) by Students of Badiene Magaziner Vocal Studio, NYC". (March 24, 2018).
  24. ^ CNN. "Students sing moving tribute to shooting victims". (February 21, 2018).
  25. ^ CNN. "Shooting survivors write, perform song". (February 21, 2018).
  26. ^ Erika Pesantes. "Amid darkness of massacre, student songwriters 'Shine' light". Chicago Tribune (March 10, 2018).
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  29. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (April 8, 1998). "Caruso Just Wants To Play". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  30. ^ "Matt Fox Stats". 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  31. ^ "Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere reacts to shooting at old high school". February 15, 2018.
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