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Coral Gables High School
Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables Senior High School is located in Florida
Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables Senior High School is located in the United States
Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables Senior High School
450 Bird Road

Florida 33146

United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 25°44?3.22?N 80°15?45.88?W / 25.7342278°N 80.2627444°W / 25.7342278; -80.2627444
TypePublic secondary
EstablishedSeptember 1950; 69 years ago (September 1950)
School districtMiami-Dade County Public Schools
PrincipalMr. Adolfo Costa
Teaching staff143.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment3,361 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.50[1]
School hours7:15 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size38
School mottoDirigo (Latin for "I lead")
Coral Gables High School

Coral Gables Senior High School is a secondary school located at 450 Bird Road in Coral Gables, Florida, at the corner of LeJeune Road.

Coral Gables SHS opened its doors in 1950; its architectural design reflects a Spanish influence, with open courtyards adorned with water fountains. New buildings have been added to its 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus, most recently a three-story building.

Coral Gables SHS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The last review took place in the spring of 2006. The instructional faculty consists of 183 teachers. Eighty-two members of the faculty have a master's degree and six faculty members have earned a doctorate degree. Coral Gables High School was one of only twelve high schools in the nation to win the Siemens Foundation's Award for Advanced Placement. It ranks 221st in Newsweeks Top 1,000 U.S. Schools.[2]

Coral Gables SHS is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Douglas Road Station.


The school opened in 1950, for the education of white students only.[3][4] High school students had been moved from the previous campus, Ponce de Leon High School. The new Coral Gables High retained the school yearbook name, Caveleon, and the school mascot, "Cavaliers".[5] Ponce de Leon High School became Ponce de Leon Junior High School.[6]

In 1965, when integration of public schools was mandated by the federal courts, the nearby black school, Carver was closed, and many black students transferred to Coral Gables. Initially, black students were not allowed to attend school social events, but sports became a great unifier. Football coach Nick Kotys and others manned the doors to allow entrance to black students. One of the new kids, Craig Curry, became known as "the Negro quarterback" and led the team to an undefeated season in which they dominated the mostly all-white competition, ultimately being named "The Team of The Century" by the FHSAA[3]

In September 2009 a 17-year-old student stabbed another 17-year-old student to death at the school. The perpetrator received a 40-year prison sentence.[7] Francisco Alvarado of the Miami New Times said that the incident "spawned a lot of reactionary comments from Coral Gables High parents and former students, expressing shock that such a violent episode could take place at an otherwise well-behaved school in an affluent neighborhood," and that he had received two emails that said that Coral Gables High was in decline.[8]


Coral Gables SHS is 82% Hispanic (of any ethnicity), 6% Black, 10% White non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/other.[9]

During the 1950s some Jewish students were in the attendance zone for Coral Gables High but were instead sent to Miami High School; this was especially the case with girls, as many high-status girls' clubs at Coral Gables High did not admit Jews. [10]

News magazine

highlights is the Coral Gables SHS news magazine. It has been in circulation since 1948. The 2015-2016 school year was the first that highlights was published as a news magazine with six yearly issues instead of a newspaper format with seven to eight yearly issues. The change was made due to perceived shifts in the taste of the student body. Each issue of highlights has 32 pages and includes 6 sections: Features, News, Opinion, Sports, The Scene, and Insight sections.

highlights participates in the Florida Scholastic Press Association's (FSPA) district and statewide conventions, and has received the top 'All-Florida' award for several years. It received the highest rating in the state, the Sunshine Standout award from FSPA at the 2019 state convention. The staff's work has been nationally recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).


GablesLive! is the current TV Production program that goes live every morning at exactly 7:17 A.M with the latest news about the school. They have competed in various competitions such as FSPA, STN, and J-Day.

Literary magazine

Catharsis is the literary magazine of Coral Gables SHS. It was previously called Encore. The 30-member staff produced its first magazine under the new name in 2010. It has been accepted to membership in the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).[11]

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is a club in which students participate in various competitions around the state of Florida and The United States as a whole. MUN is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about and practice their skills in diplomacy, international policy, policymaking, international relations, and the United Nations. Currently, there are four competitions in which the team attends, including; Miami-Dade College MUN, Florida International University MUN (FIUMUN), Gator Mun hosted by the University of Florida, and MICSUN hosted by the University of Miami. The club hosts a yearly Model United Nations competition for middle schoolers called Cav MUN, in which middle schoolers may practice their skills in Model United Nations within a High School environment.


The Gablettes are the Coral Gables Senior High School Dance Team.[]

Thespian Troupe 0476

Troupe 0476 is an honors society that has been a subset of the Coral Gables Senior High theater program since the school's opening. It is an audition-only class made up of approximately 30 students every year who compete at the district and state levels in different events, such as One Acts, Monologues, Large Group Musical, Playwriting, etc. They also have in-school performances throughout the year like the One Acts, IE, Gables Shorts, Alumni, and Final Showcases.

Band of Distinction and Color Guard

The Coral Gables Band of Distinction is a student group dedicated to music. The group contributes to the community by entertaining at pep-rallies, football games, and competitions. Band members participate in competitions such as the Florida Bandmasters Association's solo and ensemble competitions.

The Gables Guard is the color guard of Coral Gables SHS. During the fall, the band and color guard perform together at school football games and marching competitions. In winter, the color guard performs and competes in indoor competitions, such as SFWGA. The Coral Gables Guard is well known for their intricate, innovative routines. Each member competes in the Florida Bandmasters Association's solo and ensemble competitions.[12]

Notable alumni



Other sports

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c "CORAL GABLES SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools - Newsweek Society -". MSNBC. February 8, 2006. Archived from the original on February 8, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c Robertson, Linda (23 February 2017). "How a black quarterback in a white school led his team to glory and racial harmony". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "School Profile." Coral Gables High School. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Bramson, Seth H. Coral Gables (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2006. ISBN 0738543055, 9780738543055. p. 99.
  6. ^ Parks, Arva Moore. George Merrick's Coral Gables: Where Your 'castles in Spain' are Made Real. Past Perfect Florida History, January 1, 2006. ISBN 0974158968, 9780974158969. p. 39. "Across Dixie Highway, Merrick began construction on Ponce de Leon High School, now Ponce de Leon Middle School."
  7. ^ Tester, Hank and Brian Hamacher. "Teen Gets 40 Years in Gables High Stabbing." NBC Miami. Tuesday November 29, 2011. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Alvarado, Francisco. "New Details on Coral Gables High Stabbing." Miami New Times. Tuesday September 15, 2009. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Coral Gables Senior High School Profile - Miami, Florida (FL)".
  10. ^ Moore, Deborah Dash. To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A.. Harvard University Press, 1994. ISBN 0674893050, 9780674893054. p. 87.
  11. ^ Archived July 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Band of Distinction
  13. ^ "Robert H. Frank". Who's Who in America, 65th edition. Accessed via LexisNexis on March 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Gables High leads county in Merit Semifinalists" (PDF). Coral Gables High Lights. October 5, 1961.

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