Key Biscayne’s historic home high school is currently attended by some 70 local kids. The Art Deco-style building at 450 Bird Road has seen innumerable distinguished alumni since it opened its doors in 1950, and Gables High is showing no signs of stopping, with $28 million in student scholarships for the 2019 academic year alone and a $26 million renovation underway.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center Lighthouse Room, the Village of Key Biscayne’s Education Advisory Board is hosting a ‘Chat and Learn’ about Gables high, where teachers, parents and students can share their experiences and answer questions.
“It’s a powerhouse,” said Jackie Gross-Kellogg, current president of the Parent Teacher Association, “like a mini college campus.”
Gross-Kellogg is serving her second year as PTA president and will be on the panel Thursday. Her son John Mark was a recent scholarship recipient and is now in his first year at Creighton College. Daughter Mariana (who went on to FSU) was a ‘Gablette,’ a member of the competitive dance team that won Nationals in 2015. Youngest son Peter is a Gables junior and at the moment traveling with fellow students on a state college tour organized by the school counselor.
Gross-Kellogg shares her alma mater with her children. She said that legacy left an enduring foundation.
“It boosted my confidence and pride. I was motivated by my peers and being a hard worker was contagious. These are positive patterns begun early that continue your whole life.
I was a jock who played soccer and had a great coach, but I also had a really great English teacher, Mrs. Riley. She totally lit my brain and turned me on to Literature. I qualified for English Advanced Placement the next year, and became a Literature major in College.”
Besides AP, International Baccalaureate (Gables sits in the highest tier of IB magnet schools with an 80 percent diploma rate), a top-five county athletic program of at least eight different sports, debate team, clubs and five journalistic publications, Gables offers honors classes and gifted programs and is recognized for its academic orientation.
Students enter one of six academies within the school offering a curriculum along with core courses in business, communications, health sciences, design, liberal arts (the IB), visual and performing arts, and an Academy of Finance program that is one of only three in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.