Stranahan High School

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Stranahan High School
1800 SW 5th Place
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Coordinates 26°06′42″N 80°09′54″W / 26.1117534°N 80.165046°W / 26.1117534; -80.165046Coordinates: 26°06′42″N 80°09′54″W / 26.1117534°N 80.165046°W / 26.1117534; -80.165046
Type Public
Established 1953
School district Broward County Public Schools
Superintendent Robert Runcie
Principal Michelle Padura
Enrollment 9-12
Number of students 1,498 (2014-15)[1]
Color(s) Orange and Blue          
Mascot Mighty Dragon
Nickname Home of the Dragons

Stranahan High school, is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida was officially opened in 1953 as an elementary school. The school is a part of the Broward County Public Schools district.

The school was built on land donated by Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, and was named after her late husband Frank Stranahan. The school progressively added the junior high school grades a year at a time due to rapid population growth in the area. The school opened as a high school in 1957. The first principal of Stranahan was Kenneth Dale Haun. Kenneth Haun had been a Junior High Assistant Principal when he was picked to help design and then serve as principal of Stranahan. As the school added grades each year and then gradually dropped the middle school grades, Kenneth Haun continued as head of the school. He served as principal for nearly thirty years.[2] The school's unique design of separate buildings spread out more like a college campus was a result of limited funds to build the school. Buildings were gradually added in phases to accommodate growth of the student population. The first hall building was converted to a 2-story building in the 1970s. During renovations of first hall in the early 90s, there was a large fire that consumed most of the building. The building was renovated and it now contains the administration on the first floor and the second floor has English and social studies classrooms. The second hall has computer labs and foreign language classrooms. Third hall has art classrooms and fourth hall has math. The magnet classrooms are mostly in the new science and medical magnet buildings. Previously some of the magnet classrooms were located in second and third hall.

The current principal is Michelle Padura. Stranahan High has an FCAT school grade of "B" for the 2013 academic year.[3]


Stranahan High School has two magnet programs dedicated to engineering and medical sciences. The magnet program's first graduating class was in 1997. It received a Gates Grant in 2005 and has begun a transition to small learning communities. The present community serving 9th grade students is CREST. Tenth through 12th grade students may choose among communities dedicated to business (downtown community), the arts (the studio community), technology and engineering (Sci-Tech community) or health related careers (the health pavilion community). In 2007 Stranahan was recognized by the College Board as one of three high schools in the nation to receive an "Inspiration Award" for outstanding achievement in minority student participation in Advanced Placement classes. It was also recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 500 high schools in the country. According to the Florida Department of Education classification, Stranahan High School is ranked an "A" school.

Medical Magnet[edit]

Students in the Medical Magnet program will be given specialized classes that are designed to inform them of general aspects of the medical field. Some of these classes include medical research, biotechnology, genetics, and forensics. Students are also encouraged in the Medical Magnet program to take Anatomy and Physiology versus physics, and also include special classes such as Health Science. Students in their 12th grade year are given the opportunity to travel to Broward General Hospital in order to observe different departments and also become interactive with doctors, nurses, or any staff.


  • Girls soccer
  • Boys soccer
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Cheer-leading
  • Girls flag football
  • Girls basketball
  • Boys basketball
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Cross Country
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Step Team

Extra curricular clubs[edit]

  • Business Professionals of America
  • Ecology Club
  • Key Club
  • Marine Biology Club
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Robotics Club
  • Spanish Club
  • French Club
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • National Honor Society
  • Women of Tomorrow
  • Youth Crime Watch
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Best Buddies
  • Future Florida Educators of America (FFEA)
  • First Priority
  • Poetry Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Guitar Club


As of the 2016-2017 school year, the total student enrollment was 1,507. The ethnic makeup of the school was 7.76% White, 66.4% Black, 22.2% Hispanic, 1.99% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.13% Multiracial, and .13% Native American or Native Alaskan.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "STRANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ Haun, CD son of Kenneth Haun
  3. ^ FCAT School Grades - High Archived 2004-06-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Enrollment Counts