Fifty years ago, North Miami Senior High School students lived in neighborhoods where most kept their doors unlocked at night. They say they felt safe riding their bicycles throughout town – some streets weren’t even paved. Today, many students at the school say they don’t feel safe in their school or their neighborhoods.
North Miami Senior High’s demographics have also changed. In 1960, the segregated school was all white. Today, most students are of Haitian descent. According to the school, 31 out of 2,700 students are white.
When WLRN’s Ted Grossman, a 1960 graduate of the school, attended his 50-year reunion in 2010, he interviewed other alumni about what it was like growing up in North Miami during that time. Under the Sun’s Trina Sargalski spoke with current North Miami High School students Iyanna Pierre-Louis, Dwinie Teresa Belladent, Anne Noel and Duval Hyppolite. They interviewed each other and other students about what life is like today in North Miami.
Julia Longoria helped produce Ted Grossman’s piece. Special thanks goes to North Miami High School Adult Education Principal Jean Coty Ridore, Richemonde Domond, Coach Pierre Louis and the other teachers and administrators of the 21st Century Afterschool Program.