Miami State High School

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Miami State High School front entrance
Miami State High School
Miami, Gold Coast, Queensland

Coordinates28°3′47.04″S 153°26′19.83″E / 28.0630667°S 153.4388417°E / -28.0630667; 153.4388417Coordinates: 28°3′47.04″S 153°26′19.83″E / 28.0630667°S 153.4388417°E / -28.0630667; 153.4388417
TypePublic, secondary, day school
MottoSemper Floreat Costa
EstablishedApril 1963
PrincipalSusan Dalton[1]
Enrolment1300 students (grades 7–12)
Colour(s)Yellow, blue, and white

Miami State High School is a school in Miami, Queensland established as South Coast District State High School in 1963.


Originally named South Coast District State High School, Miami High was officially opened in April 1963. It soon became known as Miami High and, after a number of years, the more compact name was officially adopted. It was built to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding population on the Gold Coast. At the time, the only public high schools were Southport High School and Tweed River High School, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) apart, with the site of Miami High about midway between the two on the Gold Coast Highway at the very northern end of Miami.

The chosen site presented a number of construction challenges because the southern half was a swamp and the northern half was on the steep slope of Nobby's Headland, an upthrust of schist about 50 m high at its highest point. The challenges were met by the simple expedient of blasting the slope and dumping the rubble in the swamp, but with a consequent complete loss of topsoil that created enduring problems for many years.

Construction always stayed behind the needs of the students throughout the sixties. This was for three reasons: (a) it was an entirely new school competing with established schools for resources in a state that had allowed chronic neglect of its education infrastructure and which was in far worse condition than the larger states of Victoria (Australia) and New South Wales, (b) Miami High's construction coincided precisely with the transition of the Baby Boom Generation from primary school to high school, and (c) in 1964, Queensland's primary schools ceased to teach the eighth year, which was transferred to the high schools, so that the entry year to high school became year 8.

Consequently, in 1964, the infant Miami High went from catering to year 9 to catering to years 8, 9 and 10 with the state barely able to provide enough classrooms for the start of the year. 1965 and 1966 saw open underschool areas, originally intended for protection from sun and rain, being converted to temporary classrooms and several flimsy demountable buildings being installed as other temporary classrooms. Despite their nominally temporary nature, many of these structures were still in use twenty years later. In 1967, the Australian federal government built a two-story, four-laboratory science block, as part of a program to improve the teaching of science throughout Australia. Several of the laboratories were promptly pressed into service as regular classrooms.

The school has a pool, film and TV studio and a 1500 seat assembly hall.

The first principal was Claude Rayner. John Rowe was given the position in 1967. Bill Callinan took over as principal in 1969.

The first deputy principal was Ken Maynard, appointed in 1967.

The school's sign on the side of the hill is listed on the Gold Coast Local Heritage Register.[2]

Current status[edit]

The school has approximately 1450 students with over 170 teaching staff. Miami High has introduced an international exchange program with students from all over the world now attending the school.

Expenditure on teacher participation in professional development for the year 2006 reached a total of $24,530. Permanent and temporary staff at the school had an attendance rate of 96% for the same year. The retention rate of staff from 2005 to 2006 was 95%. Student retention rates from year 8 to year 12 was 75%.

Notable alumni[edit]

Entertainment & Politics[edit]


Name Sport Top level team/affiliation
Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew[6] Surfing Australia
Alex Glenn[7] Rugby league Brisbane
Sharon Jaklofsky Long jump Australia
Maddison Levi[8] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Scott McGrory Cycling Australia
Heidi Piper Fencing Notre Dame
Benjamin Schulte[9] Swimming Guam
Lucy Single[10] Australian rules football Gold Coast

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Miami State High School". Miami State High School. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - A to M" (PDF). Gold Coast City Council. pp. 77–78. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Anna Bligh talks politics". 5 December 2007.
  4. ^ Keating, Chris. "Burleigh Heads 25th April 2009 Anzac Day – Presidents Report Dawn Service 4.28 am" (PDF). Burleigh Heads RSL. Archived from the original (pdf) on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  5. ^ Phillips, Tania (12 August 2010). "Teen of the catwalk". Gold Coast Mail. APN News & Media. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  6. ^ "History". Miami State High School. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Why I chose Broncos over Titans: Alex Glenn". 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Academy product Maddison Levi drafted with pick 50". 6 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Gold Coast teenager off to the Olympics". 12 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Lucy Single joins the SUNS with pick 57". 6 October 2020.