South Miami High School

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South Miami Senior High School
6856 Southwest 53 Street


United States
Coordinates25°43′16″N 80°18′20″W / 25.72107°N 80.30558°W / 25.72107; -80.30558Coordinates: 25°43′16″N 80°18′20″W / 25.72107°N 80.30558°W / 25.72107; -80.30558
TypePublic secondary
MottoOur Hope and Pride
EstablishedNovember 10, 1971; 47 years ago (November 10, 1971)
School districtMiami-Dade County Public Schools
PrincipalGilberto Bonce
Enrollment2,141 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Orange and Brown          
NewspaperThe Serpent’s Tale

South Miami Senior High School is a high school located at 6856 SW 53rd Street in Miami, Florida, in the United States. Its principal is Gilberto Bonce.

The school is located about a mile and a half west of the University of Miami. It contains a magnet program, the Celia Cruz School of the Arts, which offers programs in seven strands: media production (with emphasis on television and film), computer graphics, music, photography, commercial arts (with emphasis on illustration), dance, and drama.

South Miami's athletic rivals are Coral Gables High School and Southwest Miami High School.


South Miami Senior opened its doors to students on November 10, 1971. It was built to relieve the overcrowding at Southwest Miami High, Coral Park Senior High and Coral Gables High School. The student body selected the Cobra as its mascot. The school's first principal, Warren Burchell, was originally from Ohio and chose the school colors, orange and brown, for the team colors of the NFL Cleveland Browns.

Since opening, South Miami has had five principals: Dr. Warren G. Burchell, Judy Weiner, Thomas L. Shaw, Eugene Butler, Craig Speziale, and Gilberto Bonce. Dr. Burchell's term was the longest, at 22 years.


The school is 84% Hispanic, 8% Black, 7% White non-Hispanic, and 1% Asian.[2]

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  1. ^ "SOUTH MIAMI SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "South Miami Senior High School". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Fernanza Burgess". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Paul Hazel - Unsigned Free Agent - 2016 Player Profile -". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. ^ The Association for Women in Communications, Atlantic-Florida Chapter – Susan E. Sachs Scholarship Archived 2007-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 'Soupnazi' hacker Albert Gonzalez went from nerdy past to life of sex, guns and drugs – New York Daily News – August 19, 2009

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