About Us

Who We Are

We are a Florida not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Current Association Executive Committee Officers are: 

Patricia Massey '70 (President) 

Donna Argo Somerville ‘71 (Vice President)

Ines Pelayo Taylor ‘71 (Secretary)

Richard de Aguero '61 (Treasurer)

Marysol Rivero '89 (School Representative).

What We Do

The Miami High School Alumni Association's mission is to promote the preservation of Miami High School, to organize its alumni into a group to support the school, to offer scholarships to needy students, and to raise funds for the preservation of the school. 


The Miami High School Alumni Association has donated over $171250 to Miami High students and organizations since 2009.  The Association's  contributions to MHS and its students include $108,500 in scholarships, $4,500 to the twice State Champions Girls Basketball Team towards the cost of new uniforms and championship road trip expenses, $3,000 to The Million  Dollar Band “Winter Guard” towards the cost of new uniforms, $3,000  to the Junior ROTC supporting their competition and college exploratory trip expenses, $1000 to the FAME program, $1500 to the Choir and Drama programs and to various other programs and services as requested by the school.

School Information



Miami Senior High School is a public high school located at 2450 SW 1st Street in Miami, Florida, and operated by Miami-Dade Couny Public Schools. The school building is famous for its architecture and is a historic landmark. Miami Senior High School has a rich alumni base, with many graduates of the high school going on to varied, prominent careers. Miami High School website (


Founded in 1903, it is the oldest high school in Miami-Dade County. The high school originally served the earliest settling families of Miami in the first half of the 20th century. By the late 1960s, with an increase in Miami's population, its student body grew at a fast pace. Beginning in 2010, Miami Senior High underwent a four-year historic restoration, renovation, and remodeling project at a cost of approximately $55 million. Project architect Thorn Grafton of Zyscovich Architects, who is the grandson of Miami Beach pioneering architect Russell Pancoast, was one of the people who undertook the renovation project. History of Miami High School (


Completed in April 2014, the project did away with the dropped ceilings that had accommodated an old air conditioning system, and restored the original high ceilings and decorative cast-stone vent screens in the halls. It also reopened the original second story arcade, removed an office expansion that had blocked part of the courtyard, and restored the original 14-foot arched windows and steel-trussed cathedral ceiling in the old library (now a media center).  Restoration video (


Membership provides support to our school and its students, and the association. 

PayPal will allow you to use your credit or debit card to pledge your membership. 

$10 for a One (1) Calendar Year Membership

$25 for a Three (3) Calendar Years Membership

$100 for Lifetime Membership

Please indicate in the "Pay Pal comment box" your graduating class year also if you are a new member or renewing your membership with your payment.

All submitted membership applications are on an individual basis. All memberships, except lifetime, are based on calendar year, and renewals are in the month of January. See 'Download' section for Membership Application.

If by mail, retrieve from the download page an Alumni Association Membership Application. Please legibly fill out the form. DO NOT MAIL MONEY! Checks or money orders preferred when submitted through postage mail. 

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Your  donations will assist the association to further support the school and  its students. Please indicate 'Donation' in the PayPal comment box. Donations are tax deductible.

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Scheduled Events and News

Alumni Association Meetings

Alumni Association Meetings

Alumni Association Meetings


During normal times, MHSAA member meetings are held at the Stingaree Miami area monthly luncheon or at the MHS Library.  

Until further notice, due to the Corvid-19 Pandemic limited meetings will be scheduled and will held via Zoom.   The last Zoom meeting was held on May 5th, 2020.

Please check with your area's luncheon coordinator to determine whether and other local meetings/luncheons are being held.

For Miami,  before the pandemic,  most luncheons were held on  

the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11:30 AM at the Red Lobster in The Falls

8705 SW 136th Street

Miami, FL 33176.   For status or for lunch reservations contact:


Alumni Association Meetings

Alumni Association Meetings



“It is an honor and a privilege to announce that Miami Senior High School has been designated an A school for the 2018-2019 school year. I feel it is important for me to acknowledge that you the alumni network has had just as an important role in our success as our faculty and staff. We are grateful for your commitment whether through scholarships opportunities, workshops or simply through the constant support you offer all our faculty, staff and students, you are truly Stingarees for life!”


Benny Valdes, Principal

#7461 Miami Senior High

Class Reunions

Happenings at Miami High

Happenings at Miami High


CLASS OF 1960   

60th reunion October 2-3, 2020 

For more info:  CONTACT MHS CLASS OF '60  

CLASS OF 1970  

50th reunion, Oct 23-24, 2020

 For more info:


Saturday, October 24, 2020.  94th Aero Squadron

For more info:

Happenings at Miami High

Happenings at Miami High

Happenings at Miami High




MHS Alumni Association Members showed their generosity in answering the Stingaree Alumni call to help!! Your contributions  were hard at work in making the 2019 MHS Alumni Association Scholarship awards a rousing success!

On May 4, 2019 amid big smiles, hugs and high fives a record $26,500 donated by our alumni resulted in 43 scholarships awarded to deserving seniors from the Class of 2019 planning on attending  an accredited  college, university or accredited technical school. One student was awarded $1,500, eight students received $1000 and thirty four students received $500 each towards the cost of their continued education, making this the first time our scholarship program has gone past the $26,000 mark. 

First and foremost, the scholarship recipients wanted to make sure that we let the alumni know how thankful they are to have received these scholarships, and that they too know what a special place MHS is. In their words, "you guys are amazing thank you so much for all you do for us".  "Thank you for the continued efforts of the Alumni Association in helping Stingarees graduate with a plan!" We know they will make us proud. 

Deep gratitude to the  2019 Scholarship Committee:

Ines Pelayo Taylor '71 - Chair

Lourdes Sanchez '71

The Honorable Joe Farina '63

Sara Rodriguez '71

Doris Fernandez Izquierdo '67

Miguel San Pedro '71

Marysol Rivero - School Representative 

Vicky Puentes MHS Cap Advisor

and to all the alumni and corporations who contributed. STING PRIDE!

Thanks to member dues and donations, the association has awarded over $108,500 since 2009 to graduating seniors. Our scholarship amounts are modest but they make a big difference by recognizing as well as encouraging these young Stings to further their education. To make a donation to our scholarship fund, please see the website donation button.

Alumni Luncheons


Please contact organizer(s) to verify luncheon dates. Many luncheons have been put on hold due to t


Atlanta - Contact: Marsha Kleiman '60, 301-977-1494.

DC/MD/VA - Contact: Marsha Kleiman ‘60,, 301-977-1494. Location: Chef Tony 4926 Saint Elmo Ave. Bethesda, Md. 

Ft. Pierce/Treasure Coast - Contact: Bruno Diaz ’63,  772-341-3941,  Location: Ft. Pierce Golden Corral. 5091 Okeechobee Rd. 

Jacksonville/NE Florida - Contact: Linda Gross Matthews ‘61, Location: St. Mary's Seafood & More, 11290 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 

Miami - Contact: Fred Darwick ‘52,, 305-854-7017 Location: Red Lobster at The Falls, 8705 SW 136th St. Miami. . Dates: noon on 4th Wed. of months Jan-Oct; 3rd Wed. Nov. & Dec.

North Central Florida/South Central Georgia: Contact Lois Nevins '47,, 386-418-0242 for location. 

Ocala/The Villages - Contact Dorothy Schwartz ‘53,, 540-273-8055. 

Orlando - Contact: Judi Nelson Avant ‘59,, 407-877-3733 or 407-376-3624.

Location: Olive Garden, 3675 E. Colonial Drive. 

Tallahassee - Contact  Sherrie DeBoer '62 at  (850) 385-9655 .  Luncheons will be held every three months at the Tallahassee Elks Lodge.  

The Villages: Marcie Sperber Arrendale ’60 and Rita Gruber Bryan ’59. Email Marcie at Tentative July 7, Nov. 3. Arnold Palmer’s Legends Rest. 

2020 Board of Directors


The Miami High School Alumni Association conducted the election to select officers for the year 2020 on November 16, 2019 in the Miami High School Media Center.. 

The Executive Committee as of January 1, 2020, are:

1. President: Patricia Massey ‘70

2. Vice-President: Donna Argo Somerville ‘71

3. Secretary: Ines Pelayo Taylor ‘71

4. Treasurer: Richard de Aguero '61

Directors-at-Large for 2020

Marysol Rivero '89 (School Representative)

Rene Hernandez '69

Miguel San Pedro '71

Cory Llopiz Cibran ‘71

Linda Cohen Levine ‘61

Beverly West ‘62

Sergio Franco ‘82

Let's congratulate our new Board of Directors and help them continue to uphold the traditions of Miami High.

If you have not yet joined the Alumni Association, or know of fellow Stings that have not yet joined we urge you to take a few minutes to join, renew and/or donate so that our Alumni Association can continue to help. In keeping with our school’s tradition, there are many opportunities for alumni to help Miami High School. Serving as a board member is just one of the many ways an association member can serve their school. 

  • Please send nominations to contact@miamihighschoolag

Announce coming events

Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.


History of Miami High School


Zyscovich Architects on Miami High School


Miami High School Restoration


Miami Senior High School Restoration Groundbreaking


Animated Graphic Tour of Additions and Changes to Miami High School

Notable Alumni


Gil Amelio - CEO of Apple Computer

Alfredo Amezaga - MLB outfielder, Chicago Cubs

Desi Arnaz  (1917 – 1986) Band Leader, TV producer, star of I Love Lucy

Atari Bigby - NFL, Greenbay Packers

Steve Blake - NBA Guard, Detroit Pistons

Eddie Brown - former NFL player

Jeff Coopwood - Emmy-nominated Actor, Broadcaster and Singer

John Dasburg - CEO of Burger King

Jim Dooley  (1930 – 2008) NFL Head Coach and Player, Chicago Bears

Allen Edwards - College Basketball Player and Coach

Doug Edwards - NBA Player, Atlanta Hawks

Joseph P. Farina - Retired Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court

Robert L. Floyd  (1918 – 2007) former Mayor of Miami, State Representative, Judge, and Miami Sheriff

Luis Garcia - former MLB Player, Baltimore Orioles

Christopher George (1931–1983) Actor and former Marine

Wilfredo "Willy" Gort - City of Miami Commissioner - District 1

Edmond J. Gong (1930 – 2015) first Asian American elected to the Florida House and Senate

Bob Graham - Florida Governor and US Senator

Philip L. Graham  (1915 – 1963) Publisher of the Washington Post

Anthony Grant - former Head Basketball Coach, University of Alabama

Carol Hanson - former Florida State Representative (1982-1994) and Mayor of Boca Raton (1995-2001)

Udonis Haslem - NBA Player, Miami Heat

Steve Hertz - MLB Player and Israel Baseball League Manager

Lindy Infante  (1940 – 2015) NFL Head Coach, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts

Sedrick Irvin - NFL America (Detroit Lions), NFL Europe and Arena Football Player

Jamaal Jackson - NFL Center

Andre Johnson - NFL Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans

Lonnie Johnson – NFL Player

Donald Justice   (1925 – 2004)  Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet

James W. Kehoe (1925 – 1998) Lawyer and Judge 

Veronica Lake  (1922 – 1973) Actress

Mike Levy - founder and former CEO of, now

Marquand Manuel - NFL Player

Frank Martin - Head Basketball Coach, University of South Carolina

Raul L. Martinez - Former Mayor of Hialeah

Delrish Moss - Miami law enforcement veteran appointed as Police Chief of Ferguson, Missouri

Gardnar Mulloy (1913 – 2016) Tennis Player

Dr. Eduardo Padrón - President of Miami-Dade College 

Alfred Browning Parker - Architect

Jerry Parr (1930 – 2015) Secret Service Agent credited to saving President Ronald Reagan during assassination attempt 

Roscoe Parrish - NFL Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers

Juan Pena, former MLB Player, Boston Red Sox

Manolo Reyes - City of Miami Commissioner - District 4

Ed Roberts (1941 – 2010) designed the first commercially successful personal computer in 1975

Mandy Romero- former MLB Player,  San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies

Al Rosen (1924-2015) MLB 4x All Star and MVP Baseball Player

David A. Siegel - Businessman

Donald Slesnick- Former Mayor of Coral Gables

George Smathers (1913 – 2007) U.S. Senator

Bob Stinson - former MLB player, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners

Mario Valdez - former MLB player, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics

Brent Wright - professional basketball player in Europe

Feature Films at Miami High School

The Substitute

Music of the Heart

The Substitute

Tom Berenger, Diane Venora, Marc Anthony, Raymond Cruz

Inner-city Miami schoolteacher Jane Hetzko (Diane Venora) gets her knee broken when she stands up to the school's gang leader, Juan Lacas  (Marc Anthony). Her boyfriend, mercenary combat specialist Jonathan  Shale (Tom Berenger), goes undercover as a substitute teacher to take down the punk, but soon discovers that Lacas is merely an underling for the real criminal mastermind. Assembling the team from his last jungle raid, led by his right-hand man, Joey Six  (Raymond Cruz), Shale declares war. 


Music of the Heart

The Substitute

Film Poster

High school friends Pee Wee (Dan Monahan), Tommy (Wyatt Knight), Billy (Mark Herrier) and Mickey (Roger Wilson) want to lose their virginity. But when they're kicked out of a strip club after the owner, Porky (Chuck Mitchell), takes their money, they plot revenge. While they try to get back at him, they deal with other teen troubles, including Pee Wee's worries that his "equipment" is shrinking, their sexually opinionated gym teacher (Kim Cattrall) and a spy hole in  the girl's locker room. 

Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart

Music of the Heart

Film Poster

After being abandoned by her husband, depressed music teacher Roberta (Meryl Streep) lands a job teaching violin to underprivileged children in Harlem, New York. Despite initial friction from school principal Janet Williams (Angela Bassett) and the students,the program  succeeds and attracts public recognition. After 10 years, however, the program is suddenly shut down following budget cuts. Roberta, together with Williams and her former pupils, works to hold a fund-raising concert. 




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All correspondence via email to or via mail to P.O. Box 260993, Miami, FL 33126. Your letters, comments, suggestions are welcomed!

We are always looking forward to seeing our alumni

Membership provides connection to alumni association members and ability to support our school and its students

Miami High School Alumni Association

P.O. Box 260993, Miami, FL 33126