A group of Miami Gardens residents plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of North Dade Middle School with a weekend of partying, fundraising and honoring notable alumni.
The weekend is set to include a tour of the school, a “waistline” sock hop party, food and drink from local businesses and a Motown revue from some current students. The group also plans to induct 20 alumni into the school’s alumni hall of fame, including former mayor Shirley Gibson, former County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson, musician Michael Sterling and actress Jo Marie Payton.
“We have a lot of alumni coming back to the school from out of town and we want to be able to show the community and the alumni the school and the students,” said Ulysses Harvard, a former councilman and North Dade alumnus.
As Miami Gardens has developed over the years, largely in the areas near Hard Rock Stadium and along major roads like U.S. 441 and Northwest 27th Avenue, many residents have taken more pride in the southern part of the city and the students in the Bunche Park community.
“Within the school and within Miami Gardens we have some very good kids,” Harvard said.
All of the events will be held at the school, 1840 NW 157th St., except for a Sunday morning church service at The Fountain of New Life, 4601 NW 167th St., which will close out the weekend’s events.