In conjunction with Homecoming, Miami Springs Senior High held a special commemorative parade honoring its 50th Anniversary last week on Dove Avenue in front of the school. Police blocked off a side street and both ends of Dove for safety and the parade marched on at 9:30 a.m.
Leading the parade was a float (pickup truck) with the grand marshall, longtime social studies teacher Hayward Randolph, who is retiring after 45 years at the school.
He was followed by the Golden Hawks marching band and marching MSSH clubs, which were judged by a panel of five teachers and administrators.
First place went to Aqui Entre Nos; second was National Honor Society; and third was Anchor Club.
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Credited with putting everything together and making it happen was Amy Robaina, director of activities.
“I was helped by a team that included student government kids, faculty and staff,” said Robaina. “We are celebrating our 50th anniversary of the school and Homecoming spirit. We hope this will be an annual event.”
Principal Edward Smith said, “Today the Miami Springs Golden Hawks family came together to celebrate, to celebrate our rich tradition of excellence. A team of dedicated teachers, staff, students and alumni set into motion our first-ever Golden Hawks Homecoming Parade. The parade was filled with the usual sights and sounds; the band played, the cheerleaders cheered, the dancers danced and the clubs cheered.
“What set our parade apart from the typical parade was that our parade was to truly celebrate, to celebrate as a family. The smiles, laughter, energy, enthusiasm and school spirit were palpable. Led by our grand marshall, Mr. Randolph, the parade was a success, a success because it connected our past to our present and shed light on the next 50 years, for a place that is much more than a building on Dove Avenue in a small town named Miami Springs.”
Some alumni also attended the parade, fortifying what Smith said: “Once a Golden Hawk, always a Golden Hawk.”