Miami High School - History


Miami Senior High School is a historical Miami landmark and the first high school in Miami-Dade County, having been established in 1902, and opening its doors in 1903. The school's current campus opened in 1928 and was designed by the architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, one of the great early Miami architects.

It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Groundbreaking occurred early in 1926 but due to the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, the school's opening was delayed for over a year. The original school was established as a two-story wooden structure, for 15 students, on Northeast First Avenue. The school was first opened in early 1903 with an enrollment of 264. Miami High changed locations three times before it finally settled on its current four-story, 2,792-student campus. 1968 was a significant year for Miami High School. Structural changes were made to accommodate a newly installed air conditioning system. The original windows on the building were sealed with bricks before the completion of the work and students suffered in hot classrooms for a large portion of the year. It was also the year of the major Florida statewide teachers' strike of 1968, which caused students classes to be in chaos due to all the newly hired substitute teachers while regular school teachers walked picket lines for weeks.

The original building, the first that housed Miami High School in 1902 was abandoned after the new, permanent home opened in 1928. The original wooden building was found in 1983 in Brickell, being used as a private residence. It was eventually moved to nearby Southside Park in Brickell, carefully restored, and opened in 2009 as a community center. The current building from 1928 is the fourth home of Miami High School.

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