Miami Palmetto High School

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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
Miami Palmetto Senior High School Seal.png
Location
Pinecrest, Florida
United States
Coordinates 25°39′35″N 80°18′58″W / 25.65967°N 80.31611°W / 25.65967; -80.31611Coordinates: 25°39′35″N 80°18′58″W / 25.65967°N 80.31611°W / 25.65967; -80.31611
Information
Type Public secondary
Established September 1958
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Victoria Dobbs
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,883 students
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Columbia blue and white
         
Mascot Panther
School hours 7:20–2:20
Motto

Vis Per Scientiam

Latin for "Strength through knowledge"
Assistant Principals Karina Menendez
Tierney Hunter
Bridgette Tate, Kristina Garcia
Website
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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, 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.[1] 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.

History[edit]

Miami Palmetto was built in 1958. It serves a culturally and socioeconomically diverse population. 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. Miami Palmetto is the home school for the residents of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, West Perrine, and Colonial.[2] The school enjoys strong support from the municipal governments of the two primary areas zoned to Palmetto Senior, the Village of Pinecrest and the Village of Palmetto Bay. Both provide noteworthy cash or in-kind donations and have active Educational Advisory Compact agreements that facilitate working with MDCPS. Pinecrest gives $10,000 to the school every year, and Palmetto Bay in 2015 sponsored a community-wide 5K Color Run fundraiser benefit.[3] An active PTSA also contributes substantial resources (funding, programming, volunteer manpower).[4] The school is slated for a $29 million renovation, with groundbreaking anticipated in fall 2016.[5] In the school's history a few scandals have surfaced, one in which lacrosse players shared racist remarks through a group chat to later be counseled,[6][7] and an incident where a student stabbed a classmate and her teacher with scissors.[8] Miami Palmetto is currently participating in a pilot program of AP Capstone.

School trends[edit]

Academics[edit]

Miami Palmetto Senior High is known as an academic powerhouse, with 12 National Merit Finalists in 2016. The diverse curriculum offers a choice of 28 different AP courses, and students have the highest pass rate for AP exams in the county. The school's pass rate for AP Chemistry for the 2015 exam was the highest in the State of Florida. Over 50% of students take at least one AP class, and over 50% have a GPA higher than 4.0. Graduates are admitted to a wide variety of the nation's top colleges and universities (Class of 2016 students admitted to seven of the eight Ivy League schools). Miami Palmetto students score higher on other state and national assessments than other standard (non-magnet) public schools in Miami-Dade County. In addition, as a neighborhood (non-magnet) school, Miami Palmetto serves all student populations. The school's Special Olympics athletes win at state level competitions every year.[9]According to Newsweek's 2001 List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools,[10] Miami Palmetto is ranked at 251 in the nation (23rd in the state of Florida). According to the 2007 list, the school is ranked at 72 in the nation. This ranking is based on self-reported statistics,[11] including:

  • On-time graduation (91%)
  • Graduates immediately enrolling in college (95%)
  • Various standardized test scores (45%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per graduate (5%)

Ethnicity[edit]

The school is 60%Hispanic, 20% black/African American , 15%White(non-Hispanic), 2% Asian, and 3% multiracial.[2]

Miami Palmetto media[edit]

Miami Palmetto has two publications: the newspaper, The Panther,[12] and the yearbook, Palm Echo. Both are managed by student staffs. The daily morning newscast, WPAW, airs on closed-circuit channel 3.

Athletics[edit]

Baker Trophy won by Palmetto in 1994, maintained at the United States Naval Academy

International championships

  • Coed sailing - British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Team Racing Champion (by invitation) - 1994[13]

National championships

  • Coed sailing - National High School Dinghy Championship (Mallory Trophy) - champion 1994;[14] runner-up 1997[15]
  • Coed sailing - national high school team racing champion (Baker Trophy) - 1994[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/list-1982.pdf
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived January 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ http://communitynewspapers.com/palmetto-bay/palmetto-bay-color-run-benefits-palmetto-high/
  4. ^ http://lmgfl.com/not-your-moms-pta/
  5. ^ http://communitynewspapers.com/pinecrest-featured/29-million-renovation-set-palmetto-high-school/
  6. ^ Abellana, Jean (4 November 2015). "Students Of Miami Palmetto High School Counseled After Engaging In Racist Conversation On Social Media". iSCHOOLGUIDE. iSCHOOLGUIDE. 
  7. ^ Veiga, Christina (2 November 2015). "Palmetto lacrosse team under scrutiny after racist messages in online chat". Miami Herald. Miami Herald. 
  8. ^ Nelson, Gary (14 November 2013). "Parents Left In Dark On Scissors Attack At School". CBS Miami. CBS Miami. 
  9. ^ http://communitynewspapers.com/pinecrest/palmetto-senior-high-special-olympians-headed-to-state-competition/
  10. ^ 2011: America's Best High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Thedailybeast.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ The Panther : The news site of Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Thepalmettopanther.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-27.
  13. ^ http://nwisa.hssailing.org/news-results/full-post/ransom-everglades-report-from-the-2013-bsdra-team-race. Retrieved 25 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Mallory - Fleet Race Results. Interscholastic Sailing Association http://hssailing.org/event/history/mallory. Retrieved 25 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ . Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-16/sports/sp-59353_1_newport-harbor-varsity. Retrieved 20 October 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Baker - Team Race Results. Interscholastic Sailing Association http://hssailing.org/event/history/baker. Retrieved 25 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Hanks, Douglas (April 30, 2015). "The face of Zoo Miami enjoys a star turn in Havana". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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