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First Miami High School

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::  First Miami High School
140 SW 11th Street
Year Built: 1905
Architect/Builder: Unknown
Date Designated: 2004

a. Rendering of the First Miami High School following its proposed rehabilitation.

The first high school classes in Miami met in the original grammar school located at NE 1st Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets. Faced with overcrowding, the School Board authorized construction of a building for the high school students in 1905. The two-room, frame bungalow was constructed directly behind the grammar school. In 1911, a new school opened that replaced both the grammar school and that first high school building. The bungalow was moved down Biscayne Bay to become Southside Elementary School. By 1914, when a new Southside Elementary School was built, the old building was converted into a residence. Miraculously, the building survived, but faced demolition. Due to a campaign led by the City of Miami, Miami High School alumni, and Dade Heritage Trust, the building was moved to Southside Park in 2003 and is currently awaiting rehabilitation.

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