St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Aquinas updated logo, 2015.jpg
Vita ∙ Deo ∙ Veritas
2801 SW 12th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312
United States
Coordinates 26°6′28″N 80°10′49″W / 26.10778°N 80.18028°W / 26.10778; -80.18028Coordinates: 26°6′28″N 80°10′49″W / 26.10778°N 80.18028°W / 26.10778; -80.18028
Type Private
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1936
Oversight Archdiocese of Miami
Dean Robert Biasotti
Principal Dr. Denise Aloma
Supervising Principal Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly
Faculty 126
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 2,176 (2014)
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Campus size 25 acres
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Nickname Raiders
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Average SAT scores 574 Critical Reading
574 Mathematics
590 Writing
Average ACT scores 24.2 (mean composite score)
Publication Spectrum (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Raider Review
Yearbook Veritas
Tuition $10,850
$8,800 for students and families participating and contributing in a Catholic Parish
The school logo

St. Thomas Aquinas High School (also known as STA) is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The school was founded in 1936 as part of St. Anthony School. In 1952, the high school separated and moved to its current location under the name Central Catholic High School. Finally, in 1961, the school was named in honor of Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of Catholic education. Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the school currently enrolls 2,176 students on its 25-acre (100,000 m2) campus in southwest Fort Lauderdale.


On May 29, 1996, President Bill Clinton presented St. Thomas Aquinas High School with the Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in education. This was the second time St. Thomas Aquinas received recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. During the 1984-1985 school year, the school was first recognized as a "School of Excellence".

St. Thomas Aquinas High School has been named to the Catholic High School Honor Roll five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010). It is the only Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Miami to have been listed as one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States for five years.[1]


St. Thomas Aquinas accepts students from 105 feeder schools, 46 Catholic parishes, and three counties.[1] An Entrance Exam is required for all incoming Freshmen. Prospective students must also submit their first semester 8th grade report card and two letters of recommendation from their current school.[2] Prospective transfer students must submit an application along with a copy of their current high school transcript and two academic letters of recommendation from current school officials.[3]

Faculty and curriculum[edit]

The St. Thomas Aquinas faculty consists of three religious and 123 laypersons, with 73 teachers holding advanced degrees. The ratio of students to teaching faculty stands at 17 to 1. The faculty averages 19 years of teaching experience and 12 years of experience at the school.[1]

The school offers 193 different courses in 10 subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Computer/Graphic Arts, and Theology. Students are grouped by ability with course offerings at Advance Placement, Honors and College-Preparatory levels.


In 2005, St. Thomas Aquinas was recognized by Sports Illustrated as the third best high school athletic program in the nation.[4] The criteria emphasized all-around excellence during the last 10 years and included state championships won and the number of college athletes produced.

In 2011, St. Thomas Aquinas was named the nation's top athletic program by Maxpreps.[5]

The Raiders have won 99 FHSAA state championships and have graduated such student athletes as Chris Evert, Michael Irvin and Sanya Richards-Ross. The school has been awarded the Broward County all-sports trophy by the Sun-Sentinel for 35 consecutive years. The athletic department has also won the FHSAA's Dodge Sunshine Cup every year since the awards inception in 1995.[6]

State Championships[edit]



  • Cross Country - 2012, 2013
  • Golf - 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 2001
  • Soccer - 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Softball - 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014
  • Swimming - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Tennis - 1972, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
  • Track and Field - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Volleyball - 1995, 2004, 2014, 2015

Notable alumni[edit]


Arts, Entertainment, and Civil Service[edit]


In 2006, a summer forensics class was on a field trip where they discovered what they assumed was a fake body planted by their instructor testing their analytic ability, but the body was real.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Academic profile",  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Academic_profile" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Freshmen admissions", 
  3. ^ "Upperclassmen admissions", 
  4. ^ Menez, Gene; Woo, Andrea (May 11, 2005), "Best High School Athletic Programs", Sports Illustrated 
  5. ^ St. Thomas Aquinas named nation's top athletic program 
  6. ^ "Tradition of Excellence", 
  7. ^ Newton, Michael. "Gerard Schaefer". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Julian Borger (2009-11-05). "CSI: Kids. Field trip unearths real body in Florida park". The Guardian. 

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