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Miami Carol City Senior High School
Established 1963
Type Public
Principal Mr. Nelson Izquierdo
Students 1,891
Grades 9–12
Location Miami Gardens, Florida, USA
District Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Campus Urban
Colors Orange & Black & White
Mascot Chiefs
School hours 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Average class size 30

Miami Carol City Senior High School (MCCSH) is a secondary school located at 3422 N.W. 187th Street in Miami Gardens, Florida, United States; its principal is Nelson Izquierdo. The school is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. The school takes students from areas of Miami Gardens and Opa-locka.[1]



The school opened in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County in 1963. At the time farms were in the surrounding area. Several years later integration busing placed African Americans from areas such as Bunche Park to Carol City, where African American students attended North Dade Sr. High which is now is a middle school. A graduate of Miami Carol of the Class of 1970, who identified himself as "Robert," told the Miami New Times that in his time at Carol City, White and Black students generally did not socialize with one another; he said most of the White students "hadn't had much experience with black people, and a lot of them didn't show much interest in giving us a chance."[2]

The school was formerly located within the census-designated place of Carol City.[3]

Garcia said that, in 2006, "a familial closeness still defined the school. And Carol City High students — until they graduated or dropped out, at least — seemed safe from the violence that had gripped the surrounding area.[4] In spring 2006, three students from the class of 2006 were murdered; none of them were members of gangs, nor were they involved in the recreational drug trade. After Miami Carol City held its graduation ceremony, three graduates were killed. People in the Miami area referred to the class as the "cursed class of 2006."[2] Garcia said "If there is a curse, it seems it has a much wider breadth than one class" and "Carol City bloodshed has only gained speed" after the class of 2006 graduated, since students from subsequent classes died in violent crimes.[5] During a Tuesday in November 2007, a robber shot a teacher, who had been smoking a cigarette outside of the campus building, in the side. The 18-year old robber stole the teacher's wallet and was later arrested. The teacher survived the shooting.[5]

In the New Miami Times article, Latoya Bentley, a member of the Class of the 2006, said that most of the Carol City teachers were "really excellent and very caring." In the same article, 20-year-old Robert Williams, who had attended Carol City for a period, described it as "a ghetto place. The building, the teachers, the kids — it's got this real ghetto atmosphere."[4]


Miami Carol City is 86% Black, 13% Hispanic and 1% White non-Hispanic.[6]

White flight occurred and Black middle class families began to move into Miami Gardens. By the mid-1980s more than 75% of the student population was African-American.[1]


Gus Garcia-Roberts of the Miami New Times said that in the 1970s, the school was considered in the area to be a good school academically and athletically; according to Garcia, "in years before academic performance was distilled as statistic, glowing student testimonials and national contest winners told the story." Between 1974 and 1980, Miami Carol City students received four National Merit Scholarships; of them, three were National Achievement Scholarships for African-American students. Garcia said that the State of Florida "liked to herald the diverse school." Bob Graham taught one government class at Miami Carol during his first day as Governor of Florida.[4]

The school's academic reputation declined by 1981, when fewer than 70% of the students passed a basic achievement test, resulting in a "deficient" ranking for the school. The school received straight "D" rankings from 1998 to 2006.[4]

According to the Florida Department of Education Miami Carol City High has received the grade of D on the School Accountability Reports for the school years 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05. [1]

MCCHA was labeled a "dropout factory" in a Johns Hopkins University study of US Department of Education data. The study looked at the retention rates of students from their freshman to senior year. MCCHS had a retention rate of just 53%, meaning that only 53 out of every 100 students who entered the school as a freshman made it through their senior year and obtained a high school diploma.[7]


In the period after the school opened, according to Gus Garcia-Roberts of the Miami New Times, the "top" sports at Miami Carol were basketball and wrestling. The marching band has been referred to as the "soul" of Miami Carol High School. Garcia said that it no longer "gyrates to Jefferson Airplane." After the demographic shift at the school, according to Garcia, the school still had "its fame for diligent coaching and talented kids." American football, as of 2009, is the strongest sport at the school. The school won three American football state championships in a period between 1996 and 2003.[4]

Center for Legal & Public Affairs Magnet Program

Miami Carol City Senior High School offers a Law Magnet Program, which enables students to learn more about the law, courts, and business.

To enter the program students must have a 2.5 GPA and must maintain a 3.0 once they are in the program. In their 11th and 12th grade year students can earn up to 24 college credits while in college through dual enrollment with Miami-Dade College North Campus. An Internship Program is also offered where students leave campus and get hands-on work experience.

The Magnet program at the school offers aprogram to college-bound students wishing to pursue interests in law or government. Students in the program work closely with professionals, participating in shadowing and mentoring programs. Field trips to law firms, courthouses and other governmental agencies are made.

During the summers, students expand their knowledge by attending special interest institutes at local colleges and universities. Faculty members work with these students on projects. Other students participate in internships working for local government, law enforcement agencies, or law offices. The Center for Legal and Public Affairs offers opportunities for qualified upper division students to attend Miami-Dade Community College in the afternoon, during 7th and 8th periods.

Admission to the Center for Legal and Public Affairs is based on students’ interest. Students should have stanines of 5 or greater, teacher recommendation, and have a minimum academic grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

School uniforms

Students are required to wear school uniforms.[8]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b Garcia-Roberts, Gus. "The Curse." Miami New Times. February 10, 2009. 2. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Garcia-Roberts, Gus. "The Curse." Miami New Times. February 10, 2009. 1. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "Carol City CDP, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 27, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Garcia-Roberts, Gus. "The Curse." Miami New Times. February 10, 2009. 2. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Garcia-Roberts, Gus. "The Curse." Miami New Times. February 10, 2009. 5. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
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  7. ^ "Dropout Factories." Associated Press. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "Student Information." Miami Carol City High School. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.

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