On Friday, October 11th at 4:00PM, the City of Coral Gables Commission and Miami-Dade County Public Schools will hold a community meeting at Coral Gables Senior High School (450 Bird Road) to discuss the ongoing renovations of Coral Gables Senior High School.
Coral Gables Senior High School is the second oldest High School in Miami-Dade County and has been in need of major renovations for several years. Miami-Dade County Public Schools originally allocated $11.2 million for the school’s renovation, well short of the funds necessary to bring the school to where it needs to be. Over the last couple of years, School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas and Coral Gables officials have worked to increase that amount to $26 million dollars. This will allow for demolishing of older buildings and the construction of a new building on the Riviera side of the campus, renovations to the original structure’s classrooms and replacement of the original chiller plant.
The campus, which features buildings that were built prior to the school’s opening in 1950, have endured some changes throughout the years, including air conditioning additions in the 1970s, which brought with it the removal of classroom windows. These windows will be brought back to bring natural light back to the classrooms. The new campus will also feature a large central courtyard area similar to those at colleges and universities.
On September 30th, Coral Gables Senior High School principal, Adolfo Costa, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Administrative Director for Design and Sustainability, Victor Alonso, led a briefing and tour of the General Obligation Bond renovations of Coral Gables Senior High School.