More than 200 seniors at the former “dropout factory” known as Miami Jackson Senior High School were about to walk across a stage and become high school graduates.
For student leaders, it was a moment to talk about memories and all they had yet to accomplish. But Principal Carlos Rios used his speech to celebrate something significant that they had already achieved: Nearly nine in 10 members of the class of 2014 had earned diplomas.
“The class of 2014 will forever change the way our school is viewed,” Rios told the cap-and-gown crowd. “They will be graduating with one of the highest, if not the highest, graduation rates in the history of the school.”