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Coral Gables Senior High School

Coral Gables Senior High School
Coral Gables, Florida
Type Public secondary
Established September 1950
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Mr. Adolfo Costa
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,300[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Crimson and Grey          
Mascot Cavaliers
School hours 7:15 AM to 2:20 PM
Average class size 37
School Motto Dirigo (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 its 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 also ranks 221st in Newsweek's Top 1,000 U.S. Schools.[2]

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


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Newspaper 3
  • Literary Magazine 4
  • Gablettes 5
  • Band of Distinction and Color Guard 6
  • Notable alumni 7
    • Athletics 7.1
      • Football 7.1.1
      • Other sports 7.1.2
  • See also 8
  • External links 9
  • References 10


The school opened in 1950.[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.[4] That year, 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" but that he had received two emails that said that Coral Gables High was declining.[5]


Coral Gables SHS student reflects the ethnic makeup of Miami-Dade County. Coral Gables SHS is 82% Hispanic (of any race), 6% Black, 10% White non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/other.[6]


highlights is the Coral Gables SHS newspaper. It has been in circulation since 1960. It was under the direction of Brenda Feldman for more than 25 years. The current adviser is Melissa Nieves. highlights runs from 16 to 20 pages, and it includes News, Opinion, Insight, Features, The Scene, and Sports sections. The staff ranges from 30-40 members. It participates in the Florida Scholastic Press Association's (FSPA) district and statewide conventions, and has received the top 'All-Florida' award for several years (most recently at the 2011 FSPA Convention). The staff's work has been nationally recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).

Literary Magazine

Catharsis is the Literary Magazine of Coral Gables SHS. In the 1980s and 1990s the magazine, then called Encore, was under the direction of Miriam Rosen, but the magazine took a hiatus for several years. Recently, the magazine has been revamped and revived under the direction of adviser Camile Betances. The 30 member staff produced its first magazine under the new name in June 2010 and has been accepted to membership in the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).[7]


The Gablettes are Coral Gables SHS dance troupe. The Gablettes usually attend the NDA National Dance Championships in Orlando and the American Dance Alliance State Competition in Miami.

Band of Distinction and Color Guard

The Coral Gables Band of Distinction is a student group dedicated to music. The group contribute 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.

In summer members of the band participate in various outdoor events to get into shape for band camp. In autumn they participate in marching season, where along with the Gables Guard, they perform weekly at football games. In spring they perform indoors.

The Gables Guard is the color guard of Coral Gables SHS. During the fall the band and color guard work in cooperation to perform at school football games and marching competitions. In winter the color guard performs and competes in indoor competitions. The Coral Gables Guard is well known for their intricate, innovative routines. Each member competes in the Florida Bandmasters Association solo and ensemble competitions.

Notable alumni



Other sports

See also

External links

  • Miami-Dade County public schools
  • HighlightsMy Highschool Journalism Online Newspaper-
  • Coral Gables Sr. High Baseball
  • Gablettes


  1. ^ School profile
  2. ^
  3. ^ "School Profile." Coral Gables High School. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Tester, Hank and Brian Hamacher. "Teen Gets 40 Years in Gables High Stabbing." (Archive) NBC Miami. Tuesday November 29, 2011. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Alvarado, Francisco. "New Details on Coral Gables High Stabbing." Miami New Times. Tuesday September 15, 2009. Retrieved on April 26, 2013.
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  8. ^ "Robert H. Frank". Who's Who in America, 65th edition. Accessed via LexisNexis on March 25, 2013.
  9. ^ "Gables High leads county in Merit Semifinalists" (PDF). Coral Gables High Lights. October 5, 1961. 
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