North Miami Beach High School

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North Miami Beach Senior High School
1247 NE 167 Street
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
United States
Coordinates 25°55′48″N 80°10′31″W / 25.92989°N 80.17537°W / 25.92989; -80.17537Coordinates: 25°55′48″N 80°10′31″W / 25.92989°N 80.17537°W / 25.92989; -80.17537
School type Public, high school
Established 1971
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Randy Milliken
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,351
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red, White, and Blue
Mascot Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School (NMB High School) is a secondary school located at 1247 NE 167 Street in North Miami Beach, Florida, United States. Its current principal is Randy Milliken. NMB High School was built in 1971 as an overcrowding reliever school for North Miami High School and Miami Norland High School.

NMB High School was a pioneer in school construction; it was the first high school in Dade County to be built with no windows, and was therefore completely air-conditioned.


NMB High School's style of education, with no traditional letter grades, created tension within middle- and upper-middle-class North Dade County families, whose older children had attended and graduated from traditional Dade County schools. They were not happy that their younger children would be placed in an experimental school that eschewed the traditions the parents knew, as the Miami Herald reported at the time. However, by the time the school was four years old, the non-traditional approach had been abandoned.

NMB had an award-winning TV Production program led by teacher Patrica Nelson Miller from the late 80's through the 90's and early 2000's. The revolutionary program included a video yearbook, daily closed-circuit newscast and both prosumer and professional equipment. Alan Page was responsible for all technical facilities and worked closely with students and teachers to maintain equipment. The video yearbooks would have a student general manager and utilize a different theme each year. In 1994 the theme of the video yearbook was "Friends" and utilized a shot for shot recreation of the opening of the then wildly popular Warner Bros. sitcom "Friends".

NMB High School has a Biomedical and Environmental Advancement Magnet program (BEAM) available to all students in the district. The program gives higher education credits to students wishing to pursue a career in medicine or environmental sciences.

In the summer of 2005, the school added a two-story building to its campus.

When Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus opened in 2009, it relieved North Miami Beach High.[1]


NMBSHS is 72% Black, 21% Hispanic (of any race), 3% Asian/other, and 4% White non-Hispanic.[2]


North Miami Beach High School offers three magnet programs: AP Capstone pilot program, BEAM (Biomedical and Environmental Advancement Magnet Program) and iPrep. Students who successfully complete the Seminar and Capstone courses, and who earn a 3 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement courses, earn a Credential of Program completion.[3]


Until a regional high school football stadium was built in the 1990s at the northern Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University, the NMB Chargers football team played both its home and away games at the northern regional football stadium, Traz Powell Stadium. Located at the then Miami-Dade North Community College campus, now called Miami Dade College, it was more than seven miles (11 km) away from the NMB campus. It is 24 acres (97,000 m2).

Sports rivalries[edit]

NMB's athletic rivals are North Miami Senior High School and Dr. Michael M. Krop High School.

Prior to the opening of Krop, the following schools were the most intense rivals:

Men's soccer

  • North Miami Senior High School was a rival, especially in games at the Pioneers' home field, the scene of a historic Ciro Martinez-led last-second Charger win in 1976 that helped fuel the Chargers' run to the Florida state championship.
  • The Vikings of Miami Norland Senior High School inflicted a 1977 loss on the Chargers, knocking them out of the Florida state playoffs at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, and ending the Chargers' hope of winning back-to-back Florida state soccer championships. The Vikings eventually finished as the state runner-up that year.

Women's gymnastics

  • North Miami Senior High School always proved tough competition when twin sisters Debbie and Donna Reiser were top-flight All-Dade gymnasts there between 1975-79. Ultimately, NMB's greater depth and all-around ability always won the day by the last event, led by Lisa Martin and Karen Ginsburg.
  • The NMB Charger gymnastics team had their undefeated glory days of the late 1970s under head coach Peter Saponaro, himself an All-American and co-captain of an NCAA Championship men's team at Pennsylvania State University in the 1960s. The team included a bevy of talented gymnasts: Laurie Reiff, the Zobler sisters, Toby Kapp, Joyce Budowsky and Yael Kantor.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Men's soccer: Florida State Champions in 1976, under head coach Victor Cappillo
  • Women's gymnastics: Greater Miami Athletic Conference (County) Champions 1976-1979, State Champions, State Invitational Championship meets, 1979 and 1982, under head coach Peter Saponaro
  • Men's water polo: State Champions in 1982
  • Wrestling: State Champions in 1994, under head coach Bill McDonnell
  • Robotics: Regional Champions in 2003 under team coach Gilfredo Adames
  • NMB Charger Band: received an Excellent at Evaluation 2009, with Band Director James Lockhart
  • JROTC Drill Team: State Champs 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, under M.J. Rountree
  • JROTC Drill Team: National Champs 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, under M.J. Rountree
  • Mathew Toppins, Rookie Teacher of the Year 2010
  • Marc Frankel Award for North Bay Fishing Tournament
  • NMB Charger Band: received a Superior rating at FBA 1979, with Band Director Earle Goldstein
  • DECA: Virtual Business National Champions 2002-2003; only school to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; rules were changed to only allow two teams to represent each school

Notable alumni[edit]

Steve Nicosia -Professional baseball player Wymon Henderson- Professional football player

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SS_QQQ1_1-24-09.pdf." Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus. Retrieved on May 6, 2012.
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