Miami Senior High School
The once beautiful and elaborate school was slated for major renovation and modernization, a project for which M-DCPS committed significant resources. Known as “The Biltmore of Education,” its design includes grand interior spaces, open courtyards, colonnades and fountains. The original portions of Miami High (Main Building and Gymnasium) were designated as historic landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The work was carefully phased and sequenced to maintain an effective working and learning environment for its more than 3,000 occupants during construction. The new plan balances preservation of the historic school while optimizing the existing facility to meet present-day teaching requirements. The firm worked with community leaders, M-DCPS and stakeholders in a way that allowed all to share in the vision of the school’s rebirth. Landscaping in the right-of-ways and careful attention to street improvements have completed the return of the school to the position of prominence in the community that it once held.