South Miami High School

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South Miami Senior High School
6856 Southwest 53 Street
Miami, Florida, 33155
Coordinates 25°43′16″N 80°18′20″W / 25.72107°N 80.30558°W / 25.72107; -80.30558Coordinates: 25°43′16″N 80°18′20″W / 25.72107°N 80.30558°W / 25.72107; -80.30558
Type Public secondary
Motto Our Hope and Pride
Established November 10, 1971
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Gilberto Bonce
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,572
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Orange and Brown          
Mascot Coby the Cobra
Newspaper The Serpent's Tale
Cobra Xpress
2009–current [1]
Yearbook DeCapello
School hours 7:20 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size 22

South Miami Senior High School is a high school located at 6856 SW 53rd Street in Miami, Florida, in the United States. Its principal is Gilberto Bonce.

The school is about a mile and a half west of the University of Miami. It contains a magnet program, named the Celia Cruz School of the Arts, which offers programs in seven strands: Media Production (with emphasis on television and film), Computer Graphics, Music, Photography, Commercial Arts (with emphasis on Illustration), Dance, and Drama.

South Miami's athletic rivals are Coral Gables High School and Southwest Miami High School.


South Miami Senior opened its doors to students on November 10, 1971, built to relieve the overcrowding at Southwest Miami High, Coral Park Senior High and Coral Gables High School. The student body selected the Cobra. The school's first principal, Warren Burchell, chose the colors orange and brown because he was originally from Ohio and he chose the colors because of the Browns.

Since opening, South Miami has had five principals: Dr. Warren G. Burchell, Ms. Judy Weiner, Mr. Thomas L. Shaw, Mr. Eugene Butler, Mr. Craig Speziale, and now Mr. Gilberto Bonce. Dr. Burchell was the longest serving principal, serving 22 years.


South Miami HS is 84% Hispanic, 8% Black, 7% White non-Hispanic, and 1% Asian.[2]

SMSH as it appeared in the school's yearbook in 1978.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ivette Corredero – runner up in Big Brother 6[3]
  • Albert Gonzalez – charged hacking more than 170 million credit card numbers—the biggest computer fraud in history[4]
  • Carlos Poncesinger, songwriter, actor
  • Marco Rubio – Class of 1989; Speaker of the House of Representatives for Florida. Now U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Raúl De Molina – is the multiple Emmy award winning co-host of Univision Networks #1 rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca.
  • Rick Rodriguez – President/GM of Qubo children's network seen on NBC, Telemundo and ION Television
  • Julio Robaina – former mayor and commissioner city of South Miami, currently serving in the Florida House of Representatives
  • Mia Michaels-Class of 84 American choreographer best known for Judging So You Think You can Dance





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