Barbara Goleman Senior High School's History
Barbara Goleman Senior High School opened its doors to its founding group of students on August 28, 1995.The first students to call the school their home were 1,037 freshmen and 763 sophomores, many of whom came from Jose Marti Middle School. The school's mascot, the gator, and its colors, burgundy and Las Vegas gold, were selected by the first graduating class. The school is the first school in Miami-Dade County Public Schools named after one of its teachers. In 1969, Barbara Goleman was named the National Teacher of the Year, a recognition awarded at the White House by former President Richard Nixon.
Located in the Town of Miami Lakes, the school sits on 37.5 acres of land and houses twelve buildings. The nearly one-thousand seat auditorium provides an excellent facility for musical/theatre productions. Additionally, with a capacity of nearly 3,000, the gymnasium is an exceptional facility for a multitude of sporting events. Students at Barbara Goleman Senior High School enjoy a plethora of extra-curricular activities that enhance their high school career. In addition to a challenging and comprehensive curriculum that encourages students to become productive young adults, the school provides them with the opportunity to join service clubs, honor societies, and athletic teams to expand their experiences beyond the classroom. The Athletic Department also offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of competitive sports teams that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit. Goleman students may also join one of three academies that are part of the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to enrich their learning experiences. The school offers its students classes in the Academy of Finance, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, and the Academy of Information Technology. Since its inception, Barbara Goleman Senior High School has emphasized the importance of each individual's ability to take constructive action to benefit their community and society and make the world a better place. It is only fitting that a school named after a top-notch teacher, produces top-quality students. Go Gators!