Southwest Miami High School

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Southwest Miami Senior High School
Olympia Heights, Florida
United States
Coordinates 25°43′21″N 80°20′18″W / 25.72246°N 80.33839°W / 25.72246; -80.33839Coordinates: 25°43′21″N 80°20′18″W / 25.72246°N 80.33839°W / 25.72246; -80.33839
Type Public secondary
Established 1956; 61 years ago (1956)
Founder Emmanuel Comas
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 5,361
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple, White, and Black               
School hours 7:20 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size 22

Southwest Miami High School is a secondary school located at 8855 SW 50th Terrace in Olympia Heights, a census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.[1][2]

Its principal is Carlos Diaz. School colors are purple and white. Southwest is currently an A school and has been since 2010.[3] Of the more than 30 public schools that are neither all magnet schools nor charter schools, Southwest is ranked second best in Miami-Dade county by U.S. News & World Report.[4]


Southwest Miami High School was founded on September 1956 as Southwest Miami Junior Senior High School. The school was built to alleviate overcrowding at neighboring Coral Gables Senior High School. Featuring grades 7-10, it was eventually converted to a high school in 1959 upon graduating its first senior class.

Southwest's athletic rival is Miami Coral Park Senior High School.

In 2003 a portion of the ceiling over the school library collapsed.[5]


Southwest Miami High School is 93% Hispanic, 55% Black and 6% other.[6]

Student media[edit]

The student newspaper is the Lancer, the yearbook is Aquila (Latin for "eagle"), and TV production students are responsible for the morning announcements.

Performing arts[edit]

The Royal Lancer marching band performs at halftime of football games and the Illusion dancers perform throughout the school year.

Athletic achievements[edit]

Southwest has a rich history in athletics. By the time the first graduating class (1959) donned their caps and gowns, the Eagles had already won state championships in boys' basketball and boys' track. On May 7, 1964, Southwest became the first Dade County white school to face a black school in a sport other than track when it took on George Washington Carver Senior High School in baseball. The Florida High School Athletic Association began sponsoring state championships in boys' volleyball in 2003 and, in the first eight years of the state tournament, the Eagles took home two state championships.[7]

In 2010, alumnus Andre Dawson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.[8] The baseball field at Southwest is named in his honor.

State championships[edit]

Girls' cross country (individual)

1976: Katherine Moore - 1.5 miles

Boys' swimming (individual):

1965: Michael W. Sheeler - 100 yard breaststroke, Michael W. Sheeler - 200 yard medley, 1966: Michael W. Sheeler - 200 yard medley, 1969: Gregory Gibble - 50 yard freestyle, Gregory Gibble - 100 yard freestyle

Girls swimming (individual):

1964 Linda Sheeler - 500 yard freestyle, 1965 Linda Sheeler - 200 yard freestyle, Linda Sheeler - 500 yard freestyle, 1978 Julie Olson - one meter diving

Boys' basketball: 1959
Boys' bowling: 1977 Stanley Kodish Bowler of the Year
Wrestling (individual):

1965: Jim Hammack - 185 lbs, 1970: Mike Williams - 145 lbs, 1971: John Williams - 167 lbs, 1972: Charles Mack - 135 lbs, Robert Horback - 155 lbs, 1974: Bob DeMarco - 112 lbs, 1976: Luis Alvarez - 135 lbs, 1988: Ivan Huergo - 145 lbs, 1989: Joel Mendez - 119 lbs, Gus Hernandez - 130 lbs, 1996: Wesley Woodrome - 140 lbs, 2005: Denys Ribot - 152 lbs, 2012: Yoanse Mejia - 145 lbs, 2013: Nosomy Poso - 132 lbs, 2014: Franco Valdes - 120 lbs

Boys' volleyball: 2003, 2008
Softball: 2004
Boys' track (team): 1959, 1971
Boys' track (individual):

1959: John DeCosta - 120 yard high hurdles, John DeCosta - 180 yard low hurdles, Paul Skeans - discus, 1960: Richard Dobbs - discus, 1961: Ron Pascarella - discus, 1962: Ron Pascarella - discus

Girls' track (individual):

1977: Katherine Moore - one mile run, Katherine Moore - two mile run, 1988: Barbara Ortiz - two mile run

Notable alumni[edit]






Professional wrestling[edit]

  • Konnan, Class of 1982 - professional wrestler for WWE




  1. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Olympia Heights CDP, FL" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Home page. Southwest Miami High School. Retrieved on January 3, 2016. "8855 SW 50th Terrace Miami, FL 33165"
  3. ^ "Miami-Dade County Public Schools". 
  4. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". 
  5. ^ Cenziper, Debbie. "Collapse of school ceiling scrutinized" (Archive). Miami Herald. Thursday October 16, 2003. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Southwest Miami High School - Miami, Florida/FL". Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Florida High School Athletic Association". 
  8. ^ "Baseball Hall of Fame". 

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