Miami Carol City Senior High School

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Miami Carol City Senior High School
Miami Gardens, Florida
United States
Type Public
Established 1963
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Mr. Jamarv Dunn
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,606 (2014-15)[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Orange
School hours 7:20 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size 25

Miami Carol City Senior High School (MCCSH) is a public high school located at 3301 Miami Gardens Drive in Miami Gardens, Florida, United States. It was established in 1963, and the principal is Jamarv Dunn. The school is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. The school serves students from the area of Miami Gardens,[2] a community south of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, north of downtown Miami, Florida and home to the Miami Dolphins, in what is currently known as Hard Rock Stadium.


The school opened in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County in 1963. At the time, farms were in the surrounding area. Several years later integration busing brought African Americans from areas such as Bunche Park to Carol City. The school was racially integrated in 1967.[3]

In 1986, ten faculty members, including three teachers, were found to have engaged in crimes; each person was found to have committed recreational drug use or property theft.[2]

The school was formerly located within the census-designated place of Carol City.[4]

Garcia said that, in 2006, "a familial closeness still defined the school. And Carol City High students — until they graduated or dropped out, at least — seemed safe from the violence that had gripped the surrounding area.[2] In spring 2006, three students from the class of 2006 were murdered; none of them were members of gangs, nor were they involved in the recreational drug trade. After Miami Carol City held its graduation ceremony, three graduates were killed. People in the Miami area referred to the class as the "cursed class of 2006."[2] Garcia said "If there is a curse, it seems it has a much wider breadth than one class" and "Carol City bloodshed has only gained speed" after the class of 2006 graduated, since students from subsequent classes died in violent crimes. On a Tuesday in November 2007, a robber shot a teacher, who had been smoking a cigarette outside of the campus building, in the side. The 18-year-old robber stole the teacher's wallet and was later arrested. The teacher survived the shooting.[2]

In the New Miami Times article, Latoya Bentley, a member of the Class of the 2006, said that most of the Carol City teachers were "really excellent and very caring." In the same article, 20-year-old Robert Williams, who had attended Carol City for a period, described it as "a ghetto place. The building, the teachers, the kids — it's got this real ghetto atmosphere."[2]


Miami Carol City is 86% black, 13% Hispanic, and 1% white non-Hispanic.[2]

White flight occurred soon and black middle-class families began to move into Miami Gardens. By the mid-1980s more than 75% of the student population was African-American.[2]


Gus Garcia-Roberts of the Miami New Times said that in the 1970s, the school was considered in the area to be a good school academically and athletically; according to Garcia, "in years before academic performance was distilled as statistic, glowing student testimonials and national contest winners told the story." Between 1974 and 1980, Miami Carol City students received four National Merit Scholarships; of them, three were National Achievement Scholarships for African-American students. Garcia said that the State of Florida "liked to herald the diverse school."

Bob Graham, former Governor of the State of Florida and former US Senator, began his "Workdays", a program where he worked eight-hour days at various jobs held by his constituents, in 1974, teaching a semester of civics at Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami while serving in the Florida Senate.

The school's academic reputation declined by 1981, when fewer than 70% of the students passed a basic achievement test, resulting in a "deficient" ranking for the school. The school received straight "D" rankings from 1998 to 2006.[2]

According to the Florida Department of Education, Miami Carol City Senior High received the grade of "D" on the School Accountability Reports for the school years 2001-02, 2002–03, 2003–04 and 2004-05.[5]

MCCHS was labeled a "dropout factory" in a Johns Hopkins University study of US Department of Education data. The study looked at the retention rates of students from their freshman to senior year. MCCHS had a retention rate of just 53%, meaning that only 53 out of every 100 students who entered the school as a freshman made it through their senior year and obtained a high school diploma.[6]


In the period after the school opened, according to Gus Garcia-Roberts of the Miami New Times, the top sports at Miami Carol were football, basketball and wrestling.[2]

The marching band has been referred to as the "soul" of the school. Garcia said that it no longer "gyrates to Jefferson Airplane." After the demographic shift at the school, according to Garcia, the school still had "its fame for diligent coaching and talented kids."[2]

American football, as of 2009, is the strongest sport at the school. The school won three American football state championships in a period between 1996 and 2003.[2]

Center for Legal & Public Affairs Magnet Program[edit]

Miami Carol City Senior High School offers a Law Magnet Program, which enables students to learn more about the law, courts, and business.

To enter the program, students must have a 2.5 GPA and maintain a 3.0 once they are in the program. In their 11th and 12th grade years, students can earn up to 24 college credits while in college through dual enrollment with Miami-Dade College North Campus. An internship program is also offered, in which students leave campus and get hands-on work experience.

The magnet program at the school is offered to college-bound students wishing to pursue interests in law or government. These students work closely with professionals, participating in shadowing and mentoring programs. They take field trips to law firms, courthouses and other governmental agencies.

During the summers, students attend special-interest institutes at local colleges and universities. Faculty members work with these students on projects. Other students participate in internships working for local government, law enforcement agencies, or law offices. The Center for Legal and Public Affairs offers opportunities for qualified upper division students to attend Miami-Dade Community College in the afternoon, during 7th and 8th periods.

Admission to the Center for Legal and Public Affairs is based on each student's interest. Students should have stanines of 5 or greater, teacher recommendations, and a minimum academic grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

School uniforms[edit]

The school has for the most part maintained a dress code, with students being required to wear school uniforms in the last few decades.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "MIAMI CAROL CITY SENIOR HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Gus Garcia Roberts (10 February 2009). "The Curse". Miami New Times. 
  3. ^ Bea Hines (6 August 2015). "'A time for us': Carol City High Class of 1970 celebrates reunion of white, black alumni". Miami Herald. 
  4. ^ "Carol City CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau. 
  5. ^ "School Accountability Reports". Florida Department of Education. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Dropout Factories". Johns Hopkins School of Education. Associated Press. 
  7. ^ "Student Information". Miami Carol City Senior High School. 
  8. ^ "Miguel Machado - Offensive tackle". 
  9. ^ Audra D.S. Burch and Carol Isensee (22 March 2012). "Trayvon Martin: a typical teen who loved video games, looked forward to prom". Miami Herald. 
  10. ^ "Frederick Lenar Nixon". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. 

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Coordinates: 25°53′52″N 80°12′26″W / 25.8977490°N 80.2073259°W / 25.8977490; -80.2073259