Miami Central High School
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|Miami Central High School|
|1781 NW 95th Street
West Little River, Florida 33147
|Motto||ad astra per aspera
(to the stars through adversity)
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Teaching staff||123 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.66|
Miami Central Senior High School, commonly referred to as Central Rockets, is a secondary school located at 1781 NW 95th Street in West Little River, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. Its current principal is Gregory Bethune.
Miami Central opened its doors in 1959. Its school mascot and colors were chosen in honor of NASA and the inception of its space program, which was an event at the time of the school's opening.
In the early 1990s, the school acquired a computer science magnet program, placed as part of the district's initiative to devote school space to certain magnet programs so as to attract minority students to less diverse schools.
Kathleen McGrory wrote in 2009 that Miami Central was "historically beset by chronic truancy, declining enrollment, dispirited staff and general disrepair". That year the school was under threat of being closed and/or having special programs taken away under federal mandates that would penalize the school for a sixth failure on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT); for the five previous consecutive years it had received "F" grades.
In 2010 the school was chosen to receive an American Recovery and Investment Act School Improvement Grant, because it had mostly ethnic minority children and had a low academic performance. President Barack Obama visited the school when he presented the SIG program to the American people.
The demographic breakdown of the 1,926 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year was:
- Male - 55.3%
- Female - 44.7%
- Native American/Alaskan - 0.1%
- Asian/Pacific islanders - 0.3%
- Black - 79.4%
- Hispanic - 19.7%
- White - 0.5%
- multiracial - >0.1%
80.7% of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.
As of 2009 there were 1,600 students, with 14% in special education and over 50% from low-income families.
The school's main rival is Miami Northwestern High School. In 2009 McGrory stated that the football games, especially those against Northwestern, are well-attended, and that the students at Central "take pride in their marching band".
- Ronnie Belliard, Class of 1994 - former infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers (1998–2002), Colorado Rockies (2003), Cleveland Indians (2004–2006), St. Louis Cardinals (2006) Washington Nationals (2007–2009) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009–2010)
- Tracy Reid, Class of 1994 - played in the WNBA; played college basketball at the University of North Carolina
- Elvis Peacock, Class of 1974 - former running back for the Los Angeles Rams (1979–1980) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1981); played college football at the University of Oklahoma
- Dwight Drane, Class of 1979 - former defensive back for the Buffalo Bills (1986-1981); played college football at the University of Oklahoma
- Bruce Armstrong, Class of 1983 - former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots (1987–2000); played college football at the University of Louisville
- Najeh Davenport, Class of 1997 - running back for the Green Bay Packers (2002–2005) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2006–2008)
- Antonio Brown, Class of 1998 - wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills 2003, Washington Redskins (2004-2005); played college at West Virginia
- Willis McGahee, Class of 2000 - running back for the Buffalo Bills (2004–2006), Baltimore Ravens (2007–2010), Denver Broncos (2011-2013), and the Cleveland Browns (2014); played college football at the University of Miami
- Darnell Jenkins, Class of 2002 - wide receiver for the Houston Texans (2008) - played college football at University of Miami
- Bryan Pata, Class of 2003 - defensive lineman who played college football at the University of Miami before being shot to death on November 7, 2006
- Ali Highsmith, Class of 2003 - linebacker/defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals (2008); played college football at Louisiana State University
- Anthony Toribio, Class of 2003 - defensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins (2008), Green Bay Packers (2008-2009) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2010–present); played college football for Carson-Newman University
- Demetrius Byrd, Class of 2005 - wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers (2009); played college football at Louisiana State University
- Travaris Cadet, Class of 2007 - running back for the New Orleans Saints (2012-2014) and New England Patriots (2015-present); played college football at Appalachian State University
- Rakeem Cato, Class of 2011 - quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes (2015); played college football for the Marshall Thundering Herd
- Devonta Freeman, Class of 2010 - running back for the Atlanta Falcons (2014-); played college football at Florida State
- Dalvin Cook, Class of 2014 - running back for Florida State (2014-2016);Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings
- Kurt Thomas, Class of 1974 - Olympic gymnast; operates the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas; inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2003
Track and field
- Bershawn Jackson, Class of 2002 - ranked #1 in the world in the 400 meter hurdles; bronze medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- 1998-1999: D
- 1999-2000: D
- 2000-2001: D
- 2001-2002: D (280 points)
- 2002-2003: D (283 points)
- 2003-2004: F (268 points)
- 2004-2005: F (264 points)
- 2005-2006: F (278 points)
- 2006-2007: F (351 points)
- 2007-2008: F (376 points)
- 2008-2009: D (417 points)
- 2009-2010: C
- 2010-2011: D
- 2011-2012: C
- Miami Central High School - About Our School. Retrieved on 2009-05-21.
- "West Little River CDP, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 12, 2010.
- McGrory, Kathleen. "Principal strives to remake Miami Central High" (Archive). Miami Herald. March 8, 2009. Retrieved on January 11, 2016.
- Saunders, Theresa. "The Opportunity for Equity: School Improvement Grants" (Racism in American Institutions). In: Drakeford, Lillian Dowdell Ph.D. The Race Controversy in American Education. ABC-CLIO, July 28, 2015. ISBN 1440832641, 9781440832642. start: p. 283. cited: p. 286.
- "Miami Central Senior High School 2013 Grade". Ledger Data. Retrieved September 7, 2013.