McArthur High School

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McArthur High School
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6501 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, Florida 33025
United States
Coordinates 26°00′38″N 80°13′01″W / 26.01059°N 80.21697°W / 26.01059; -80.21697Coordinates: 26°00′38″N 80°13′01″W / 26.01059°N 80.21697°W / 26.01059; -80.21697
Type Public
Established 1957
School district Broward School District
Principal Todd J. Lapace
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,255 [1]
Campus type Suburb
Green, White, and Orange
Mascot Mustang

McArthur High School is located in Hollywood, Florida. It serves students from both Hollywood and Pembroke Pines in grades 9 through 12. The school is a part of the Broward County Public Schools district.

Their mascot is the Mustang. School type: Public. School colors: originally Green and White throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Orange was apparently added later. School Hours 7:30- 2:00.

Alfred Ryll (former Mayor of Hollywood—1954/'55—and now deceased [2]) was McArthur's first principal, serving in that capacity into the 1960s. Mr. Todd J. Lapace was named the principal in 2010.

The school was founded in 1957 at its current location (on land donated by educator and dairy magnate, J.N. McArthur). That first year saw classes of 7th through 9th grades. Many classes in the early years were held in portable classrooms although construction of the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, library, and administrative offices was soon begun. The existing student body as well as the new 7th Grade class entering in 1958 were served by those new facilities, although there were still several portable structures on campus.

Planning was already in progress for feeder schools (then called Junior High Schools, now known as Middle Schools), and in the Fall of 1959, the eventual Class of '64 left McArthur and attended Driftwood (students living north of Hollywood Boulevard) and Henry D. Perry (students living south of Hollywood Boulevard) Junior High Schools. In both cases, 8th Grade was in portable classrooms and 9th Grade was in new physical plants. Succeeding classes went directly to Driftwood and Perry.

1960 saw the first Senior Class graduating from McArthur and 1959/'60 saw the last 9th Grade class attending until the reorganization of the school structure. (need date) In the Fall of 1961, the last 7th Grade class to attend McArthur (and the classes following) returned to complete their Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years.

McArthur High has an FCAT school grade of "A" for the 2011-2012 academic year.[3]

The Boys Cross Country Team won the State Championship in 1964. The wrestling team won the 4A Florida High School State Championship in 1979 and the 3A State Championships in 1986, 88, and 89. The Girls Cross Country team won the 4A Florida High School State Championship in 1977,1978,1979 and 1980. The Girls Track and Field Team won the 4A Florida State Championship in 1978 and 1979.


As of 2013-2014, the total student enrollment was 2,255. The ethnic makeup of the school was 18.7% White, 27.6% Black, 47.0% Hispanic, 4.38% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.81% Multiracial, and 0.35% Native American or Native Alaskan.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Known for
Erasmus James Former NFL football player and first round draft pick.
Oddibe McDowell Former Major League baseball star. One of only 276 players in history to hit for the cycle.
Bryant McFadden NFL football player
Damion McIntosh NFL football player
Miriam Gonzalez Playboy playmate
Errict Rhett Former NFL football player
Greg Cote Miami Herald columnist and ESPN Radio regular
Wayne Smith CFL football player


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