Coral Reef High School, located at 10101 SW 152 St., has a new principal to begin the school year. Thomas P. Ennis, who now heads up the administration of the school, was approved by the Miami- Dade County School Board on June 15.
Ennis has been a part of the Miami-Dade County Public School system both as a teacher and administrator during his educational career.
Ennis has served as principal at Miami Killian High School, Miami Springs High School, and Cutler Ridge Middle School. Ennis said he plans to utilize data to drive student achievement at Coral Reef.
“I look forward to leading a school that has demonstrated excellence consistently and as a result has repeatedly been designated an ‘A’ school by the State of Florida,” he said. “My top priority is to continue the school’s beatification and restoration project.”
Ennis said he shares Coral Reef’s enthusiasm for educational discovery ensuring that students become independent learners and active community members in a global society.
“Coral Reef Senior High School focuses on the ‘whole student,’” he said. “I look forward to working with students that have accepted the challenge of becoming or continuing the tradition of excellence and achievement that has been established by those who are our graduates, and by their awards, honors, and distinctions too numerous to mention.”
The school, with its more than 3,400 students, is known as Miami’s “Mega- Magnet.” Students are in one of six magnets — each one a unique program in Miami-Dade County — yet students are all part of the “Barracuda” school family.
“I believe it is good fortune to be a student in the best environment that Miami- Dade County Public Schools has to offer,” Ennis said. “Each staff member is prepared to aid each and every student in attaining their personal goals and highest level of success. I tell students: study diligently, involve yourself in extra-curricular activities, and serve your community. Make this year one of the best and most memorable — a time to cherish always.”