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Cardinal Gibbons High School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school in the Archdiocese of Miami.
 
It provides a Catholic education for its students, following the principles set down by Christ in His Gospel and reflecting the teaching ministry of the Church. Cardinal Gibbons serves the Catholic families of the area as well as other families who wish to experience a Catholic education.

CARDINAL GIBBONS WAS ESTABLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 5, 1961 BY HIS EXCELLENCY ARCHBISHOP COLEMAN F. CARROLL, WHO APPOINTED REVEREND THOMAS A. DENNEHY THE FIRST SUPERVISING PRINCIPAL. 

Sister Marie Schramko, O.S.F., was named Principal of the Girls' Division and Reverend Henry Mirowski, Sch.P., Principal of the Boys' Division. CGHS opened its doors to 176 freshmen and sophomores on a sand-strewn campus with two partially completed buildings. Expansion was the key word. In the following years, the addition of the eleventh and twelfth grades, an enlarged faculty, a field house, science wing, cafeteria, gym, and new classrooms has led to the present ten buildings, parking lots, and improved campus. In 1972, the school became co-educational. On June 17, 1973, Reverend Joseph Huck was appointed to succeed Reverend Thomas A. Dennehy as Supervising Principal. In September of 1974, Very Reverend Joseph J. Kershner, Sch.P., was appointed Supervising Principal. On Father Kershner's retirement, December 2, 2002, Mr. Paul D. Ott was appointed Interim Principal. His appointment as Principal became effective July 1, 2003.

SCHOOL CREST

THE CREST OF CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL HAS GREAT SIGNIFICANCE.

In the upper right-hand corner is the crest of the Archdiocese of Miami, a palm tree planted between two crosses. The flowing waters surrounding the base of the crest signify the State of Florida.

In the upper left-hand corner is the coat of arms of James Cardinal Gibbons with The words, Emitte Spiritum Tuum meaning "Send forth thy Spirit." 
In 1886 Gibbons was elevated to Cardinal Archbishop of Baltimore, becoming the second American, to attain that rank in the Catholic Church.
 
The bottom half of the crest is reserved for the shields of the two religious communities who have taught at Cardinal Gibbons. The one to the left is the Franciscan emblem, the stigmata of Saint Francis extended over the hand of Christ. The one to the right is the Piarist emblem. On the Piarist shield is Mary, the Mother of God, in Greek lettering. Her crown above the Latin "Maria" symbolizes her endless reign over the Order and her inspirational guidance over schools.
 
Stretching across the bottom of the Crest is the Latin world "Excelsior," the school motto, encouraging the students "ever onward". 
Cardinal Gibbons is a Roman Catholic High School acting under the direction of the Archdiocese of Miami.
Cardinal Gibbons High School is dedicated to providing our students with a strong formation of Catholic values, 
academic excellence, lifelong learning and a commitment to service.
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