Miami Palmetto High School
- This article is about the high school in Pinecrest, Florida. For other high schools with the same name, see Palmetto High School (disambiguation).
|Miami Palmetto Senior High School|
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Columbia blue and White
Vis Per ScientiamLatin for "Strength through knowledge"
|Assistant Principals||Karina Menendez
Bridgette Tate, Kristina Garcia
Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a public high school located at 7460 S.W. 118th Street in Pinecrest, Florida. The school is on 23 acres (93,000 m²) in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida, and is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district. Miami Norland Senior High is Miami Palmetto's sister school by original blueprints. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Its principal is Victoria Dobbs.
Miami Palmetto's athletic rivals are Miami Killian High School, Miami Southridge High School and Coral Reef High School. Coral Gables High School and South Dade High School were rivals throughout much of the school's history.
The school was built in 1958. Miami Palmetto serves a diverse population both culturally and socio-economically. It is one of two public high schools with a white non-Hispanic plurality in Miami-Dade County, the other being Tracy and Alonzo Mourning High School. The school is 43% Hispanic, 34.6% White, 16.8% Black/African American, 5% Asian, and 3% multiracial. The school has not been without any scandal. In 2012 school custodians were arrested for stealing school property and selling it to a scrap yard. In the year 2013 a student stabbed another student with scissors, and parents later protested the fact that the school never informed them. In 2015 the school was criticized by the media over photos showing filthy conditions at the school's campus. In the same year the high school's music teacher was arrested for having sex with an underage student, the charges were later dropped. Later in the year the Palmetto Lacrosse team came under fire from the media for their racist comments on an online chat room.
Miami Palmetto students score higher on both state and national assessments than other standard (non-magnet) public schools in Miami-Dade County. For example, according to Newsweek's List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2011), Miami Palmetto is ranked at 251 in the nation (23rd in the State of Florida). According to the 2007 version of the list, the school is ranked at 72 in the nation. This ranking is based on self-reported statistics including:
- On-time graduation (91%)
- Graduates immediately enrolling in college (95%)
- Various standardized test scores (45%)
- AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)
Miami Palmetto is currently participating in a pilot program of AP Capstone.
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Miami Palmetto media
Miami Palmetto has two publications: the newspaper, "The Panther", and the yearbook, Palm Echo. Both are managed by staffs composed entirely of students, with Kurt Panton serving as adviser to both. The daily morning newscast, WPAW, airs on closed-circuit channel 3.
- Coed Sailing - British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Team Racing Champion (by invitation) - 1994 
- Coed Sailing - National High School Dinghy Championship (Mallory Trophy) - Champions 1994; runner-up 1997 
- Coed Sailing - National High School Team Racing Champions (Baker Trophy) - 1994 
- Boys golf – 1967
- Softball – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
- Girls tennis – 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
- Boys tennis – 1979, 1990, 1991, 1996
- Wrestling – 1974, 1976, 1996
- Boys Swimming – 2009, 2010
- Girls water Polo - 1980, 1986
- Boys Water Polo – 1984
- Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon.com
- Hugo Black III – lawyer and legislator
- Vinnie Chulk – Major League Baseball player (Pitcher) Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan
- Derek Connolly – Screenwriter Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World
- Larry Crawford – 4-time Canadian Football League All-Star
- Alex Flinn – young adult author
- Tom Foley – Third base coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and former Major League Baseball player
- Robin Fraser – former U.S national soccer team member, Major League Soccer player with the Los Angeles Galaxy, current head coach Chivas USA
- Terri Garber – Actress, most famous for playing Ashton Main in the miniseries North and South
- Glenn Geffner radio play-by-play announcer for the Miami Marlins
- Dominic L. Pudwill Gorie – American astronaut
- Ben Greenman – Best-selling author (Mo Meta Blues, The Slippage) and writer (The New Yorker)
- Matt Gribble – Olympic swimmer
- Tim Hardaway, Jr. Basketball Shooting guard for Atlanta Hawks
- Sylvia Hitchcock – Miss USA and Miss Universe 1967
- Bill Hurst - Former MLB player (Miami Marlins)
- Jonathan James – teen hacker who penetrated NASA and DOD computer systems at age 15
- Debbie Liebling - Entertainment executive and film producer
- Ron Magill - wildlife expert and communications director of Zoo Miami
- Roger Manganelli – bassist for Less Than Jake
- Rohan Marley – owner of Marley Coffee & Tuff Gong Clothing and son of Bob Marley
- Paul McKinley – Dean, Saybrook College, Yale University
- Matt Mehana – Vocalist for I Set My Friends On Fire
- Bill Miller (finance) (b. 1950), Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, Legg Mason Capital Management
- Orson Mobley – former football player for the Denver Broncos
- Vivek Murthy – Surgeon General of the United States
- Chris Myers – football player for the Houston Texans
- Jennifer Rodriguez – Olympic speed skater
- Wade Rowdon - Former MLB player (Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles)
- Cecil Sapp – former football player for the Denver Broncos
- Kimbo Slice – bareknuckle boxer and mixed martial artist
- Camila Cabello - Singer in the American girl group Fifth Harmony
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- 2011: America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Thedailybeast.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
- 2011's Best American High Schools: How We Compiled the List - Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Thedailybeast.com (2011-06-20). Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
- Dadeschools.net. Osp.dadeschools.net. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
- The Panther : The news site of Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Thepalmettopanther.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
- http://nwisa.hssailing.org/news-results/full-post/ransom-everglades-report-from-the-2013-bsdra-team-race. Retrieved 25 September 2014. Missing or empty
- Mallory - Fleet Race Results. Interscholastic Sailing Association http://hssailing.org/event/history/mallory. Retrieved 25 September 2014. Missing or empty
- . Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-16/sports/sp-59353_1_newport-harbor-varsity. Retrieved 20 October 2014. Missing or empty
- Baker - Team Race Results. Interscholastic Sailing Association http://hssailing.org/event/history/baker. Retrieved 25 September 2014. Missing or empty
- Hanks, Douglas (April 30, 2015). "The face of Zoo Miami enjoys a star turn in Havana". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- Miami-Dade County public schools
- Miami Palmetto Senior High website
- 05-06 School profile – achievement