Miami Beach High School

Infobox School
name = Miami Beach Senior High School

imagesize = | image caption = MBSH main entrance.
motto = "Let us be known for our deeds"
established = July 1924
fundingtype = Public
schooltype = high school
district = Miami-Dade County Public Schools
grades = 9-12
principal = Rosann P Sidener
address = 2231 Prairie Avenue
city = flagicon|Florida Miami Beach
state = Florida
zipcode = 33139
country = flagicon|USA USA
campus type = Urban
enrollment = 2,073
newspaper = "The Beachcomber"
mascot = Hi-Tide Harry

colors = Scarlet & Silver color box|red color box|silver
homepage = [] |

Miami Beach Senior High School, commonly referred to as "Beach High, is a secondary school located at 2231 Prairie Avenue in the Miami Beach, USA; its principal is Rosann P. Sidener. The school is located in Miami-Dade county and part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest schools district in the country and it is the the only high school located on an island in South Florida.

The school's athletic rival is Miami Senior High.


Miami Beach High opened its doors 1926. Originally Miami Beach Sr. High was located just off Washington Avenue in the heart of the South Beach district. At that time the school mascot was the Typhoons, but this mascot was changed after the 1958 move to its new location at 2231 Prairie Ave. The first class motto was: "Let us be known for our deeds".

The school moved to its current location, about 10 blocks north of the South Beach district, in 1958.

Under a forced desegregation order from the Florida Supreme Court, Miami Beach High opened its arms to diversity by undergoing desegregation efforts.

Miami Beach Sr. High is one of the oldest high schools in Miami-Dade County, trailing only Miami Senior High (1903). The original building at 14th and Drexel is now part of the Fienberg-Fisher Elementary School compound. The school is being renovated and new buildings added to replacing the demolished ones.

For the first 20 years of the school, it was named after Carl Fisher's mother, Ida M. Fisher. Carl Fisher provided the funds for the purchase of the land and the first principal was Mr. C. C. Carson.

The 2008-2009 school year will be the first year at Miami Beach Sr. High where it will be policy for students to wear uniforms. In a 2 to 1 vote by Miami Beach Sr. High students, and their parents and guardians, the vote was ratified and will come into effect for the 2008-2009 school year.

Alma Mater

"To the torch of Scarlet and Silver, "We lift our voices high, "It sheds the light of learning, "Though years may onward fly, "Suns may rise and set on thee, "Seasons pass eternally, "But our hearts in reverie "Will hail Miami Beach High"


Miami Beach Senior High is located near the Scott Rakow Youth Center, a recreational center around a surrounding Golf course. The school is also near the Bass Museum of Art and public library. Its proximity to Lincoln Road makes that a popular place to hang out for Beach High students. Convenience stores include only a corner gas station, popular with the students. The school is also a few blocks from the beach and on the northern end of South Beach.


Broadcast journalism

* Roy Firestone (born 1953), sportscaster
* Barbara Walters (born 1929), television news journalist, anchor, & The View co-host

Film, theater and acting

* Diora Baird (born 1983), model/actress, Wedding Crashers" & ""
* Marsha Collier [ [ IMDB] ] (born 1951), author, radio & television
* Andy Garcia (born 1956), actor, "", "Ocean's Eleven", and "Ocean's Thirteen"
* Mitch Glazer(born 1953), movie writer
* Annabelle Gurwitch (born 1961), actress
* Kim Hunter (born 1922), American actress, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire
* Mark Medoff (born 1940), American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor.
* Nathalia Ramos (born 1992), singer/actress (freshman year)
* Brett Ratner (born 1968), director/producer, "Rush Hour (film)" series, & Prison Break.
* Mickey Rourke (born 1956), actor
* Daniel Taradash (born 1913), Academy Award-winning American screenwriter.


* Terry Cousin (born 1975), professional football player (Cornerback), free agent
* Chad Ocho Cinco (born 1978), professional football player (Wide receiver), Cincinnati Bengals
* Samari Rolle (born 1976), professional football player (Defensive Back), Baltimore Ravens
* Norman Smiley (born 1965), professional wrestler
* Duane Starks (born 1974), professional football player, free agent
* Dave Thomas (born 1968), professional football player (retired).
* Neal Walk (born 1948), NBA basketball player
* Martin Schapavaloff (born 1977), FIBA basketball player.


* Tego Calderón (born 1972), Puerto Rican rap artist
* Luther Campbell (born 1960), rap artist 2 Live Crew
* Desmond Child (born 1953), songwriter
* Nawman Chesky (d.o.b. unknown), President of Chesky Records
* Ann Curless (born 1963), musician


* Pauline B. Eisenstadt (born 1956), held the post of senator for the State of New Mexico from 1997-2000.
* Jimmy Morales (born 1962), former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and 2004 Mayoral Candidate
* Robert Rubin (born 1938), former United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton
* Jose Smith (born 1949), Miami Beach City Commissioner (1997-2005), Miami Beach City Attorney


* Gerald Kogan (born 1950), served as Chief Justice for the Florida Supreme Court (1987-98)
*Alan S. Gold (born 1962), serves as U.S. Federal District Judge.
* Stanley Rosenblatt (born 1936), Miami attorney
* James S. Roth (born 1938), attorney, author of Florida's "Roth Act" on condominium conversions
* Jose Smith (born 1949), Miami Beach City Commissioner (1997-2005), Miami Beach City Attorney


* Steven J. Green (born 1945), businessman and Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Singapore.
* Stephen M. Ross (born 1940), real estate developer, founder of The Related Companies, and 50% owner of the Miami Dolphins [ [;_ylt=AvoKNMh1uRz2KFWSWZGTOtaL2bYF?slug=ap-dolphins-newowner&prov=ap&type=lgns New Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross a lifelong fan - NFL - Yahoo! Sports ] ]
* Peter Wolf (born 1943), Entrepreneur, Creator of Children's Microwave Meals
* Richard Wolf (born 1941), Retired IBM executive


Miami Beach High School has a gymnasium which is used for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. The football and baseball field is in Flamingo Park, located about a mile away from the school. Miami Beach High offers these athletics [] :
* Baseball ( Junior Varsity and Varsity Only) []
* Basketball (boys [] and girls [] ) (Junior Varsity and Varsity)
* Bowling []
* Cheerleading
* Cross country (boys [] and girls [] )
* American football ( Junior Varsity and Varsity) []
* Golf []
* Soccer (boys [] and girls [] )
* Softball (girls) []
* Swimming []
* Tennis []
* Track and field
* Volleyball (boys [] and girls [] )
* Water polo (boys [] and girls [] )
* Wrestling []

The schools sports history is as follows:
* In the 1930s, the volleyball team won its first state championship. Followed by district championships in 1990, 1998, and 2002.
* In 1946 and 1962, the basketball team won its first state championship.
* In 1955, the football team was Gold Coast Champs.
* In 1965, Coach Chuck Fieldson was The Miami Herald's Coach of the Year
* In 1974, the football team reached the state title game but lost to Leon High School, in Tallahassee.
* In 1981, the football team rated in the top five in both offense and defense, and in 1995, they returned to their glory as district champions for the first time after 10 years in 1986.
* In 1985, 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, the schools' wrestling team were district Champions.
* In 1990 and 1993, girls cross country won district championships.
* In the 2006 football season, the Varsity football team finished up with a 0-10 record overall (0-5 District), the worst record in school history. The school has gone through its losing ways, with a 7-23 record since the start of the 2004 football season and has lost 15 of their 17 football games dating to 2005. The football team finally won their first game since 2005 when it beat rival Miami High, 10-7 and won the following game after that finishing the 2007 season with only 2 wins. [] , []
* Water polo, most successful team in school history with 3 state titles.
* In baseball, the school has only one title in its history, as well as two state runner-up finishes, all coming in the 1970s under Head Coach and future College Baseball Hall of Famer Skip Bertman.
* In soccer, Miami Beach Senior High went on winning district championship against Miami Springs (2-0) and reaching regional finals for their second time in the history of the school after beating Varela (1-0) in semi-finals.

The school's athletic rival is Miami Senior High but the school also has an informal athletic rivalry with Dr. Michael M. Krop High School and North Miami High School.


The State's Accountability program grades a school by a complex formula that looks at both current scores and annual improvement on the Reading, Math, Writing and Science FCATs.

The school's grades by year since the FCAT began in 1998 are:

* 1998-99: D
* 1999-00: C
* 2000-01: C
* 2001-02: C (330 Points)
* 2002-03: C (343 Points)
* 2003-04: C (346 Points)
* 2004-05: C (333 Points)
* 2005-06: C (373 Points)
* 2006-07: D (414 Points)
* 2007-08: B (523 Points)

Student demographics

71 percent of the students are Hispanic, followed by 20 percent White, 7 percent Black, and 1 percent Asian/ Pacific Islander with the remaining 1 percent of another background. The school's demographics are quite different from the state average which consists of 23 percent hispanic, 48 percent white, and 23 percent black mainly due to the schools location in a predominantly hispanic city.

chool renovations

The school is undergoing major renovations after 47 years at its second and current location on Prairie Avenue. The new school is proposed to have three new buildings while four existing buildings are to be remodeled and/or demolished. There will also be a new auditorium, a new dining facility and outdoor dining area with food court style service, a new gymnasium, black box theater, media center, science and computer labs. The first phase, which includes the already completed bus lane and parking lots, parent drop-off lane, auditorium, and new classrooms was completed in late 2007.

The demolition of at least of one of the old buildings began on December 22, 2007. Along with demolition and asbestos cleaning in the old buildings before students returned from vacation. Once the students came back from winter break in early January, they proceeded into the new building while the 300 and 400 remain. The 400 wing will be used as a temporary cafeteria while a new one is built. The new buildings each have three floors, with new furniture and equipment. Along with that, a new fire sprinkler system and camera system have been implemented.

The complete construction and remodeling of the school is expected to be finished sometime in 2010. Buildings 2 and 3 opened in January, and Building 7 (formerly known as the "Zero Wing") has been renovated for the Scholars Academy and has opened in August of 2008. Meanwhile, work has begun on a fourth facility (Building 6) which will house a new gym and cafeteria and is expected to open in time for the start of the 2009-10 school year over the former area of the 100-400 wings. Finally, in late 2009, the old gym will be demolished and a courtyard will be built on that site.


ee also

* Miami-Dade County Public Schools
* High school
* Education in the United States

External links

* [ Miami Beach Senior High School Official website] .
* [ Miami Beach Senior High School alumni website] .

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