Friends of Gables High marks organization’s inaugural year

Friends of Gables High marks organization's inaugural year
Friends of Gables High marks organization's inaugural year
June Thomson Morris (far left) welcomes members and guests to a reception at her home.

In its first year, Friends of Gables High has been busy collaborating with Coral Gables High School administration, Miami-Dade County School Board, City of Coral Gables officials, PTSA, alumni, and members of the community.

The organization’s mission is to restore Coral Gables High to its historic status as a top-rated high school in the country, advocate for healthy renovations to the campus, raise funds to enhance learning tools and key programs at the school, and establish an endowment of $5 million that will benefit the school in perpetuity.

A General Obligation Bond provided the initial $11.2 million to fund renovations at Gables High and, in September 2018, the School Board approved an additional $15 million. This brings the final investment in Gables High renovations to over $26 million. Initial improvements such as painting have been completed.

Friends of Gables High raised more than $65,000 in its inaugural year and has advocated for and achieved additional enhancements to the Gables High renovation plan.

In celebration of a successful fist year, charter chair June Thomson Morris and her husband, Allen Morris, opened their home in March for a reception for members and guests. As part of a “kickoff splash” at the reception, donors awarded $10,000 in grants to programs in immediate need at the school. Members and guests connected and shared ideas for the year ahead. Darrell Payne was elected chair for the 2019-20 school year.

To join Friends of Gables High, visit the website or join the group at its next social event on Sept. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Red Koi on Miracle Mile. Members, alumni, residents, friends — all are welcome.

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