Miami Carol City Senior High School
Miami Carol City Senior High School is a public high school located at 3301 Miami Gardens Drive in Miami Gardens, United States. It was established in 1963, the principal is Adrena Williams; the school is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. The school serves students from the area of Miami Gardens, a community south of Ft. Lauderdale, north of downtown Miami and home to the Miami Dolphins, in what is 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 integration busing brought African Americans from areas such as Bunche Park to Carol City; the school was racially integrated in 1967. In 1986, ten faculty members, including three teachers, were found to have engaged in crimes; the school was located within the census-designated place of Carol City. Garcia said, and Carol City High students — until they graduated or dropped out, at least — seemed safe from the violence that had gripped the surrounding area.
In spring 2006, three students from the class of 2006 were murdered. 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." 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, smoking a cigarette outside of the campus building; the 18-year-old robber stole the teacher's wallet and was arrested. The teacher survived the shooting. In early 2018 a 14-year-old student of MCCSH was raped by three male students in one of the school's restrooms; the victim and three male students were suspended. One of the male students who participated in the rape was found to be HIV-positive; the school responded to the backlash of the victim being suspended with a statement "the incident was consensual, because she didn't scream or run away."
Miami Carol City is 86% black, 13% Hispanic, 1% white non-Hispanic. 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. Between 1974 and 1980, Miami Carol City students received four National Merit Scholarships. 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. 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.
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. 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 and wrestling; 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."American football, as of 2009, is the strongest sport at the school. The Chiefs won the Football State Championship in 1977 with a 14-0 season record. In the previous year 1976 the football team were the State Runners Up in football.
The school won three American football state championships in a period between 1996 and 2003. Miami Carol City Senior High School offers a Law Magnet Program, which enables students to learn more about the law and business. To enter the program, students must 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 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 with professionals, participating in shadowing and mentoring programs, they take field trips to law firms and other governmental agencies. During the summers, students attend special-interest institutes at local universities. Faculty members work with these students on projects. Other students participate in internships working for local government, l
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints compete in the National Football League as a member of the league's National Football Conference South division; the team was founded by John W. Mecom Jr. David Dixon, the city of New Orleans on November 1, 1966; the Saints began play in Tulane Stadium in 1967. The name "Saints" is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith. New Orleans has a large Catholic population, the spiritual "When the Saints Go Marching In" is associated with New Orleans and is sung by fans at games; the franchise was founded on November 1, 1966. The team's primary colors are old gold and black, they played their home games in Tulane Stadium through the 1974 NFL season. The following year, they moved to the new Louisiana Superdome. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were competitive, only getting to.500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12–3—their first-ever winning season—and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings 44–10.
The next season in 1988 ended with a 10 -- 6 record. Following the 2000 regular season, the Saints defeated the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams 31–28 to notch their first-ever playoff win. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast region; the Superdome was used as temporary shelter for displaced residents. The stadium suffered damage from the hurricane; the Saints were forced to play their first scheduled home game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During the season, it was rumored that Saints' owner Tom Benson might deem the Superdome unusable and seek to void his contract and relocate the team to San Antonio, where he had business interests. However, the Superdome was repaired and renovated in time for the 2006 season at an estimated cost of US$185 million; the New Orleans Saints' first post-Katrina home game was an charged Monday Night Football game versus their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints, under rookie head coach Sean Payton and new quarterback Drew Brees, defeated the Falcons 23–3, went on to notch the second playoff win in franchise history.
The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31–17. To date, it is the only Super Bowl championship that they have won, as it is the only Super Bowl the Saints have appeared in, they join the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance. In 52 seasons, the Saints' record was 371–446–5 overall, 362–435–5 in the regular season and 9–11 in the playoffs. First the brainchild of local sports entrepreneur Dave Dixon, who built the Louisiana Superdome and founded the USFL, the Saints were secretly born in a backroom deal brought about by U. S. Congressman Hale Boggs, U. S. Senator Russell Long, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle; the NFL needed congressional approval of the proposed AFL–NFL merger. Dixon and a local civic group had been seeking an NFL franchise for over five years and had hosted record crowds for NFL exhibition games.
To seal the merger, Rozelle arrived in New Orleans within a week, announced on November 1, 1966, that the NFL had awarded the city of New Orleans an NFL franchise. The team was named for the great jazz song most identified with New Orleans – "When the Saints Go Marching In", it was no coincidence that the franchise's official birth was announced on November 1, the Catholic All Saints' Day; when the deal was reached a week earlier, Dixon suggested to Rozelle that the announcement be delayed until then. Dixon told an interviewer that he cleared the name with New Orleans' Archbishop Philip M. Hannan: "He thought it would be a good idea, he had an idea the team was going to need all the help it could get."Boggs' Congressional committee in turn approved the NFL merger. John W. Mecom Jr. a young oilman from Houston, became the team's first majority stockholder. The team's colors and gold, symbolized both Mecom's and New Orleans' strong ties to the oil industry. Trumpeter Al Hirt was part owner of the team, his rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" was made the official fight song.
The inaugural game in 1967 on September 17 started with a 94-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown by John Gilliam, but the Saints lost that game 27–13 to the Los Angeles Rams at Tulane Stadium, with over 80,000 in attendance. It was one of the few highlights of a 3–11 season, which set an NFL record for most wins by an expansion team. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were the definition of NFL futility, they did not finish as high as second in their division until 1979. The 1979 and 1983 teams were the only ones to finish at.500 until 1987. One of the franchise's early bright moments came on November 8, 1970, when Tom Dempsey kicked an NFL record-breaking 63-yard field goal at Tulane Stadium to defeat the Detroit Lions 19–17 in the final seconds of the game. Dempsey's record was not broken until 2013 by Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos, who kicked one yard far
Miami Central High School
Miami Central Senior High School referred to as Central Rockets, is a secondary school located at 1781 NW 95th Street in West Little River, Miami-Dade County, United States. Its current principal is Gregory Bethune. Miami Central opened in 1959, its school mascot and colors were chosen in honor of NASA and the inception of its space program, an event at the time of the school's opening. In the early 1990s, the school acquired a computer science magnet program, placed as part of the district's initiative to devote school space to certain magnet programs so as to attract minority students to less diverse schools; the school serves most of the northern fringes of the city of Miami, as well as parts of North Miami, Opa-locka, the village of Miami Shores, the village of El Portal. Kathleen McGrory wrote in 2009 that Miami Central was "historically beset by chronic truancy, declining enrollment, dispirited staff and general disrepair"; that year the school was under threat of being closed and/or having special programs taken away under federal mandates that would penalize the school for a sixth failure on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
In 2009 Doug Rodriguez, who served as the principal at Ronald W. Reagan/Doral High School, volunteered to become the principal of Miami Central. In 2010 the school was chosen to receive an American Recovery and Investment Act School Improvement Grant, because it had ethnic minority children and had a low academic performance. President Barack Obama visited the school; the demographic breakdown of the 1,926 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year was: Male - 55.3% Female - 44.7% Native American/Alaskan - 0.1% Asian/Pacific islanders - 0.3% Black - 79.4% Hispanic - 19.7% White - 0.5% multiracial - >0.1%80.7% of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch. Miami Central has a large Haitian student population; as of 2009 there were 1,600 students, with 14% in special education and over 50% from low-income families. Academics Warren Bailey, Class of 1990, Miami Dade College North Campus Alumni, Currently South Florida artist having participated in many local and national art exhibits.
William Cordova, Class of 1988, Contemporary Visual Artist. Studied Studio Arts at Miami Dade Community College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University. "Cordova is an internationally accomplished visual artist having exhibited in major Museums all over the world." William Cordova'a a Miami Central Alumni Association member and lives between Miami Gardens and New York City. The school's main rival is Miami Northwestern High School. In 2009 McGrory stated that the football games those against Northwestern, are well-attended, that the students at Central "take pride in their marching band". Ronnie Belliard, Class of 1994 - former infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers Tracy Reid, Class of 1994 - played in the WNBA.
Dr. Michael M. Krop High School
Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School is a secondary school located at 1410 County Line Road in the Ives Estates, an unincorporated area of north Miami-Dade County, Florida, US. However, it serves the city of Aventura, northern fringes of North Miami Beach, the unincorporated areas around the school such as Ives Estates and Ojus; the school is located on the Miami-Dade side of the Miami-Dade-Broward County line, is the northernmost high school in the district. Dr. Allison Harley serves as Krop's principal. Krop is considered to be a magnet school because it has a "Students Training in the Arts Repertory" program; this magnet program is a visual and performing arts program, open to students in the greater Miami area. Due to the recession of 2008 and ongoing financial issues, the STAR program has had severe cuts in its funding; the school gained national attention after one of its students, Trayvon Martin, was killed in a controversial shooting. The school's athletic rival is Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus.
Built on a former landfill, construction for Dr. Michael M. Krop High School began in 1996 after the Miami-Dade School Board approved plans to build a new high school in North Miami-Dade County to lessen overcrowding in local secondary schools, including North Miami Beach High School. Various secondary schools in northeast Dade were relieved by Krop; when it first opened it had about 1,500 students. Opening its doors in 1998, Krop began with 9th and 10th grades and added 11th and 12th grades. At the time of its opening, Krop had a total enrollment of 1,475 students. In early 1998, before its opening, the naming of the school triggered some controversy, as letters from members of the community indicated a preference for a more generic name; the school is named after Dr. Michael M. Krop, an orthodontist born in 1930, first elected to the Miami-Dade School Board in 1980, he retired after 24 years of service. Former board members Janet McAliley and Betsy Kaplan stated that they would not support renaming the school after him.
On February 17, 1998, the city council of Aventura issued a resolution urging the Miami-Dade County school board to name the new high school in northeast Miami-Dade County "Dr. Michael M. Krop High School." The Aventura Marketing Council, which included Krop as a member, the city of North Miami Beach passed resolutions favoring the name change. When Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus opened in 2009, it relieved Krop High. Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, portions of North Miami Beach were rezoned to Mourning from Krop. In 2012 though Krop had a strong academic reputation, some parents in the Aventura area promoted the idea of the city starting a charter high school; the city council refused to go forward with the idea. The school, in Ives Estates, is in proximity to the Miami-Dade County-Broward County line. Audra D. S. Burch and Carol Isensee of the Miami Herald described the campus as "sprawling". In 1998 the north side of the campus had barbed wire. At the time of opening the area roads were dead-ends.
The STAR Academy is a performing and visual arts program. Students in the "Students Training in the Arts Repertory" program are involved in one or more of its six strands - dance, drama and instrumental music, visual arts, television production. Students are accepted into the program through an audition process. Two of the six classes out of a student's yearly class schedule are dedicated to the arts each year. Tri-M, the music honor society at Krop, is administered by the head of the vocal music strand of the STAR program, Dr. Gary Keating; the Lightning Strike is Krop's monthly student newspaper. The newspaper was begun in 1998, it is designed using the page layout software Adobe InDesign and photo editing program Adobe Photoshop. As of the 2005-2006 school year, the paper was converted to color on the front and back, is 20 pages each issue; the newspaper is a member of the High School National Ad Network, Florida Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Quill and Scroll Honor Society.
From the inaugural issue of The Lightning Strike in 1998 until 2018, the journalism department was run by English teacher Mary K. Sullivan. Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School has a gymnasium, used for basketball and badminton; the football and baseball fields are located on campus, although the varsity football team plays at FIU Campus. The athletic director is Coach Kypriss. MKHS offers these athletics: The American football team plays its home games at North Miami Stadium, it was established in 1998 with 65 students in the 10th grades. Tennis - 2007, 2008, 2010 Tennis - 2004, 2006, 2007 Trayvon Martin - attended Miami Carol City High School for 9th grade and much of the 10th grade, transferred to Krop High School Garrett Wittels - professional baseball player Angel Rodríguez - former basketball player for the Miami Hurricanes In 2012, Trayvon Martin, a junior at Krop, was killed in an encounter that gained widespread national attention. Miami-Dade County Public Schools High school Education in the United States Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School agenda Miami-Dade County Public Schools Dr. Michael M. Krop High School's official website The Lightning Strike, official student newspaper Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School 2004-2005 Spanish Honor Society Dadeschools.net information about Krop High School CBS TV: Two Drama Students Transformed Into "The Chongalicious Girls"'Chongalicious' video
Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, the 8th-most densely populated of the U. S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States; the Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital. Florida's $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth largest in the United States. If it were a country, Florida would be the 16th largest economy in the world, the 58th most populous as of 2018. In 2017, Florida's per capita personal income was ranking 26th in the nation; the unemployment rate in September 2018 was 3.5% and ranked as the 18th in the United States. Florida exports nearly $55 billion in goods made in the 8th highest among all states.
The Miami Metropolitan Area is by far the largest urban economy in Florida and the 12th largest in the United States with a GDP of $344.9 billion as of 2017. This is more than twice the number of the next metro area, the Tampa Bay Area, which has a GDP of $145.3 billion. Florida is home to 51 of the world's billionaires with most of them residing in South Florida; the first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who called it la Florida upon landing there in the Easter season, known in Spanish as Pascua Florida. Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845, it was a principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans, racial segregation after the American Civil War. Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues; the state's economy relies on tourism and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century.
Florida is renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, as a popular destination for retirees. Florida is the flattest state in the United States. Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the U. S. state of Florida. Florida's close proximity to the ocean influences many aspects of daily life. Florida is a reflection of multiple inheritance. Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, continues to attract celebrities and athletes, it is internationally known for golf, auto racing, water sports. Several beaches in Florida have emerald-colored coastal waters. About two-thirds of Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of the Atlantic Ocean. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States 1,350 miles, not including the contribution of the many barrier islands. Florida has a total of 4,510 islands; this is the second-highest number of islands of any state of the United States.
It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state is characterized by sedimentary soil. Florida has the lowest high point of any U. S. state. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south; the American alligator, American crocodile, American flamingo, Roseate spoonbill, Florida panther, bottlenose dolphin, manatee can be found in Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state. Along with Hawaii, Florida is one of only two states that has a tropical climate, is the only continental state with either a tropical climate or a coral reef; the Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world. By the 16th century, the earliest time for which there is a historical record, major Native American groups included the Apalachee of the Florida Panhandle, the Timucua of northern and central Florida, the Ais of the central Atlantic coast, the Tocobaga of the Tampa Bay area, the Calusa of southwest Florida and the Tequesta of the southeastern coast.
Florida was the first region of the continental United States to be visited and settled by Europeans. The earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513, he named the region Florida. The story that he was searching for the Fountain of Youth is mythical and only appeared long after his death. In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto skirted the coast of Florida, searching for a deep harbor to land, he described seeing a thick wall of red mangroves spread mile after mile, some reaching as high as 70 feet, with intertwined and elevated roots making landing difficult. The Spanish introduced Christianity, horses, the Castilian language, more to Florida. Spain established several settlements with varying degrees of success. In 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano established a settlement at present-day Pensacola, making it the first attempted settlement in Florida, but it was abandoned by 1561.
In 1565, the settlement of St. Augustine was established under the leadership of admiral and
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is a public school district serving Miami-Dade County, in the U. S. state of Florida. Founded in 1885, it is the largest school district in Florida and the Southeastern United States, and, as of 2014, the fifth largest in the United States, with a student enrollment of 356,086 as of August 30, 2017; the district is managed by the School Board of Miami-Dade County, which appoints a superintendent to head the administrative portions of the district. Alberto Carvalho has been Superintendent since September 12, 2008. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is one of a few public school districts in the United States to offer optional international studies programs and bilingual education. Bilingual education is offered in Spanish, German, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese. M-DCPS is the only school district in Florida to offer bilingual education in Mandarin; as of 2014 35% of MDCPS teachers are graduates of Florida International University. The School Board of Miami-Dade County first met in Miami on June 27, 1885.
Those present at the first Board of Education meeting were Superintendent C. H. Lumm, members of the board, W. H. Benest, Joseph F. Frow, Adam C. Richards; the main order of business consisted of dividing the district, which at the time spanned from the current-day Florida Keys to Martin County. Superintendent and members divided Dade County into four districts. Lake Worth was declared District #1, while Miami became known as District #2. Coconut Grove fell within the boundaries of District #3, with Elliott's Key, all other islands or keys, comprising District #4; the First Coconut Grove School, built in 1887, served as both the religious and educational center of the pioneer community. In 1889, the building was rented to the School Board for the purpose of servicing children in District #3; the first teachers at the First Coconut Grove Schoolhouse included C. L. Trapp and Flora McFarlane; the first students in attendance included Harry Peacock. The First Coconut Grove Schoolhouse is a one-story, one-room, rectangular structure with a wood frame and a gable roof covered with shingles.
In 1970, the schoolhouse was moved from its original location to its current home on the grounds of the Plymouth Congregational Church, at 3429 Devon Road, Coconut Grove, Florida, 33133. The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975; the turn of the 20th century launched its school system into decades of growth. By 1924, the county lines had shifted with the creation of Broward, Palm Beach and Hendry counties. Despite losing jurisdiction over many of its schools in just twenty years, the school system still boasted 33 separate schools and a student population of nearly 5,000. Following the 1926 Miami hurricane, many schools were destroyed; the hurricane ended the 1920s land boom in Miami, ushered in the Great Depression to the area long before the actual market crash of 1929. The crash forced. Beginning in 1930 the school board faced its first funding problems. In 1928, Miami Senior High, the district's first secondary school, moved into its fifth and current location.
The building cost over $1 million to construct. In 1926, the original Booker T. Washington Senior High School building opened in what is now the Overtown district, it was the only secondary black high school at the time in South Florida, enrolling students from as far away as Broward and Palm Beach counties. In 1938, George Washington Carver Sr. High opened in Coral Gables for the black residents of the Coconut Coral Gables area. Located there were its rival schools, North Dade Sr. High, Dorsey Sr. High and Mays Sr. High. World War II brought another population boom for Miami. Between 1945 and 1975, 16 high schools, 30 middle schools, 45 grade schools were opened. Miami Edison Senior High School, the district's second all-black secondary school, was expanded. Miami Northwestern opened in 1951 to replace D. A. Dorsey, converted into a junior high until schools were desegregated. Dade County Public Schools found that it was not operable anymore as a secondary school, so it was turned into an adult educational center.
After desegregation, Bethune Elementary was converted into a head-start school. In 1957, North Dade Jr./Sr. High School opened for grades seven through tenth grades; as the years progressed, the grades went higher, until North Dade graduated its first class in 1960. After the class of 1966, it became a junior high school, it has remained so since junior high schools were phased out. In this year, Miami Dade Schools established the position of Security Assistant, which would evolve into the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department. On the morning of September 7, 1959, 25 African-American students stepped onto the grounds of Orchard Villa Elementary School and Air Base Elementary schools ending segregation within the school system. By the end of the academic year, nearly half the schools in the county had been desegregated when parents were given the option of enrolling their children in any school in the district, providing they had the proper transportation. Despite this law, many schools in Dade County did not become integrated until the late 1960s.
In 1961 the school system started a "Spanish for Spanish" program. With help from the Ford Foundation, the program was modified into a full bilingual education curriculum, with a pilot program at Coral Way Elementary School; the program was successful and paved the way for the Bilingual Education Act of 1968. Beginning in 1962, Dade County schools began to receive their first influx of Hispanic students from Cuba; this was significant in shaping th
Miami Edison High School
Miami Edison High School is a secondary school located at 6161 NW 5 Ct. in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, United States. It is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system, its provost is Leon Maycock. Miami Edison is a inner-city school; as of 2011, it is known for having the largest Haitian American student population of any Miami-Dade public school. Miami Edison Senior High School had its humble beginnings in a small palmetto-thatched hut inhabited by spiders, ten pupils and one teacher. After this tropical edifice burned to the ground in 1895, the activities were moved twice being established in a rickety four-room structure in 1897. During the brief tenure of Principal Ernest Roller, only the common subjects and agriculture were taught. At this time the forerunner of the Parent Teacher Association, the "Mother's and Teacher's League" was formed; this organization became the oldest PTA of service in Dade County when the name was changed in 1918. In 1915 after the destruction of the old building by a violent windstorm, the long-cherished dream of Dr. J. G. DuPuis, A. N. Fallensen, E. N. Webb, was realized as Dade County Agricultural High School came into existence.
Through their efforts, a land grant was secured and the new building erected. Professor A. C. Alleshouse became principal in 1917, was succeeded in 1920 by W. O. Lockhart. Being accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools made it necessary to secure a principal with a degree. In these years of instability, the school continued to grow, as two wings were added in 1922 and five years the first cafeteria was installed. Many school organizations came into being at this time to keep pace with the extension of the building; this rapid growth continued as the impetus given to athletics by the employment of the first regular coach brought the clamor for a gymnasium. The School Board proceeded to erect the addition, but due to lack of an architect, the bleachers soon became the victim of the hurricane of 1936; the repaired building remained. In 1928, the present building was completed and into it moved 892 students and a faculty of 32, marking the beginning of the Junior and Senior High system.
New additions included the Home Economics building, the only boat-building class in the United States. In the following years, the school auditorium, the shops and the field house were added. In 1931 came a strong demand to change the school's name. Under the influence of Principal Fisher and Henry Filer chairman of the School Board, suggested names were submitted to the student body; the recent death of America's great inventor, Thomas A. Edison, proved to be the deciding factor. Thus, in October 1931, Dade County Agricultural High became Miami Edison Senior High in his honor. Soon after, this new name was immortalized as Frances Deen set to music the words of Marjorie Weatherup's "Alma Mater". 1949 marked the death of Julian Daniel, whose great character and leadership were honored by the establishment of the Julian Daniel Award and by the presentation of Key Club's annual scholarship. Robert A. Wilson became principal upon Fisher's retirement in 1950, under his leadership the extracurricular program was expanded.
Interested not only in academics, Miami Edison has for years earned the reputation of being recognized a leader in all fields of athletics. The Red Raiders have shown their superiority in football for they dominated the strongest league in Florida, the Big Ten Conference; the varsity is proud of the fact that the Orange Bowl Stadium was dedicated by an Edison team playing Coral Gables in 1938, has since remained the home of the Red Raiders. The pride and spirit of the students in all endeavors were shown when a strong Student Council and Inter-Club Council were organized in the 1930s, it was through their efforts that the Honor Code, regarded as the basis of the "Edison spirit" was adopted in 1939. The Miami Edison "Red Raiders" symbol was a human skull with crossbones below it; the Coat of Arms was installed in the patio in 1958 and the "Little Red Devil" replaced the skull and crossbones as the symbol of their spirit. In 1955, William B. Duncan became principal and has been able, through the efforts of an outstanding faculty, the support of community resources, the motivation of the students, to set in motion those changes emphasized in the nation for a rededication to quality education for every student according to his ability.
During his administration the "Operation Amigo" program found its illustrious beginning in the United States in the halls of Miami Edison in January 1962. The chance to take in Peruvian students in cooperation with the Miami Herald was marked by complete success. For the prominent part Edison played in the advent of this now nationwide program in hemispheric understanding, Duncan became the first North American to be awarded the "Alfonso Ugarte" medal for inter-cultural friendship. Thus, from humble beginnings in 1885 to the advent of a prominent high school in 1915, Edison has expanded from a tiny thatched hut to a present extensive structure; the prevailing school spirit, standards of integrity, ideals of scholarship and sportsmanship have reigned supreme throughout the years. These ideals of Miami Edison have helped to mold many outstanding personalities, but no man lives without leaving his mark in some way, Miami Edison is rich in all these - her sons, daughters, an