Glad you made it inside...

Looking at the lobby you can see it has three elliptical arches supported by octagonal columns. There's a story that has been passed down over the years that in one of those columns there is a time capsule. We know that we could check to see if it's true... but we'd rather keep the mystery alive. Which column do you think it would be in?




On one side as you enter the main foyer is the great seal of the United States and below it is the plaque that designates Miami Senior High School as being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the opposite wall is the seal of the State of Florida and the Gold Star Honor Roll -- the memorial to the Stingarees who gave their lives for their country during World War II.


One neat thing about this foyer --- although there have been many coats of white paint on the ceiling (it peels each year and has to be repainted), you can see the original painted fresco. The paint was actually applied while the plaster was still wet as a border to this area. The ceiling border is the original -- just as it was in 1928 when the students first arrived.



Enlargement of the border


 In the foyer you will also find the ticket window (which is still used today) and four lanterns whose design was inspired by lanterns from an Italian palace.

Looking down at the floor, you can see the terra-cotta tile that was used on all the hallways here in Stingtown. It's not a standard size used today so in a few areas, you'll see some smaller modern tile was used when repairs were needed. Luckily, repairs have been few and far between and the vast majority of the original tile remains.

We're so protective of Stingtown that when movies are filmed here or any structures need to be attached to the floor, all drilling into the floor must be done between the tiles so that they are not damaged.

The lobby has three murals that are of great historic significance. They were painted by Denman Fink (chief designer of Coral Gables) as part of the Works Public Administration following the Depression years. The murals represent (from left to right): science and technology, history/civics and government, and arts/sports.

Students in the pictures were in the classes of 1934, '35, and '36.
They were here at Miami High walking in the halls.
The artist asked them to pose for a moment and they did.
Below the murals are four large trophy cases with trophies dating back to 1919.
To see an enlargement of each mural, click here.


When you're ready to go on with the tour... click here.