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Monsignor Edward Pace High School

Monsignor Edward Pace High School
15600 NW 32nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida, (Dade County), 33054
United States
Motto Gratia Et Veritas
(Grace and Truth)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic, Marist Brothers
Established 1961
Founded September 5, 1961
School district Archdiocese of Miami Department of Schools
President Fr. Paul Vuturo
Dean Rebeca Bautista
Principal Ana Garcia
Teaching staff 67
Grades 912
Number of students 920
Campus size 44 acres
Color(s) Scarlet and Gold         
Slogan "We Are PACE: Partners, Academics, Catholic, Empowerment
Song Gratia Et Veritas
Mascot Eddy the Spartan
Team name Spartan
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper 'Spartan City Press'
Yearbook 'Torch'
Tuition 6,500
Dean of Academics Rebecca Bautista
Dean of Students Les Brown,
Samuel Lilly, Valarie Lloyd
Athletic Director Joe Zaccheo

Monsignor Edward Pace High School is a Catholic secondary school in Miami Gardens, Florida. It was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2002[2] and one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country in 2004 and 2005 by the Catholic High School Honor Roll. Pace is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). This school is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami


Named for Monsignor Edward. Pace, the first native-born Floridian to become a diocesan priest, the first all-male, freshmen and sophomore classes commenced in September 1961 in the old parish hall of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on NW 28th Avenue in Opa Locka under the direction of Marist Brothers from Cuba and New York. Classes moved to buildings at the school's present site in October 1961. All-female classes were added the next year under the direction of the women of the Teresian Association. The original mascot was the Lion, and the colors were green and white, but students voted in the third school year to change the mascot to the Spartan, and the colors to scarlet and gold. The first class of 32 graduated in 1964 at the present day Jackie Gleason Auditorium. Pace's first graduating class created the first newspaper, called the Kerygma ("The Proclamation") as well as the first Torch yearbook, which acquired its name from president John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech, in which he referred to passing the "torch" to the next generation. Pace's school seal was also designed that year to be engraved on the class rings, and the school's motto was chosen as well. It was in the 1964-1965 school year that the tradition of "Freshmen Orientation," began in which seniors essentially 'hazed' freshmen, in a tradition that continues to this day, but in a milder form. The first co-institutional class graduated in 1966, the same year in which the school's alma mater, Gratia et Veritas, was composed. Just one year later, the first football team was formed and the school celebrated its first football Homecoming Week, after having had several Spirit Weeks for the basketball team. By 1969, the school already had seven buildings, including five academic buildings, a field house, and an on-campus residence for the Teresian Association, which switch homes with the Marist Brothers just three years later for a home they felt better suited their lifestyle. The first state championship was won in 1971 by the Cross Country team, in time for a banner to be hung in the new gymnasium, constructed in that school year, along with the adjoining cafeteria. By the 1974-1975 year, after several years of gender-mixing in classes such as math and science, the school became officially co-educational. The first senior trip to Canada took place four years later in February 1979, becoming a tradition for every senior class after it. In Homecoming of 1979, the first King was chosen by the student body, and the Powderpuff game in which boys cheered and girls played flag football, was introduced five years later. Pace celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 1985-1986 school year, and the 25th senior class graduated in 1988. Tons of Love, an annual fall food drive, began in 1989, the first year of the L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience) youth group, a key component of the Campus Ministry Program. Pace 2000, a fundraising campaign for the school, started in the early 1990s, and allowed for facility improvements, such as outdoor lockers, school-wide air conditioning, and renovated science labs. The gym was renovated in 1997 and renamed for Brother Felix Anthony, a Marist Brother who served as a teacher and basketball coach from 1965 to 1988 and is now principal at St. Brendan High School in Westchester, Miami. Pace's cafetorium, the Hennessey Center, was completed in that same year after three years of construction, and the newest classroom building (500) was finished in 1999. In 2002, the school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence at the end of its 40th Anniversary year, and the 40th class graduated just a year later in 2003. The school was a named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in this period as well and received an award for Catholic Identity in 2004. After far outgrowing the "old chapel" found in the school's first building, a new building, the Dantee Navarro Religious Education Center, was completed in 2008 and can hold 500 people, although masses are still held in the gymnasium. It was in that same year that Pace was named the first official "green school" in South Florida by instituting a recycling program and initiating changes across campus, from lighting to landscaping. Pace celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2011-2012 school year, and its 50th class will graduate in 2013.

Extracurricular activities


Monsignor Pace belongs to the Florida High School Athletic Association and fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, flag football, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Recent state championships include the 2006 class 4A baseball and 2007, and 2008 class 4A boys' basketball titles. Pace has a long standing athletic rivalry with Belen Jesuit and Key West High School.

FHSAA State Championships

Baseball:[3] 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1988, 2006

Boys Basketball: 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008

Girls Basketball: 2002, 2003, 2005

Wrestling: 2000

Football: 2003

Girls Volleyball: 1974

Boys Cross Country: 1971

Boys Track and Field: 2009


  • Advanced Health Club
  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Awareness Club
  • Chess
  • Computer Club
  • Drama Club
  • FBLA
  • Fantasy Gaming Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Key Club
  • ICC
  • The Literary Guild
  • INTERACT (Peace & Justice)
  • Respect Life
  • Robotics
  • SADD
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Government Association

Honor Societies:

Performing groups:

  • Band
  • Cheerleaders
  • Spartans in Harmony
  • Danceline
  • Drama (Heading to states for Thespian Society around April - May)
  • Jazz Combo
  • Salsa Band
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • MP Dance Kru

Additional activities:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Close-up
  • Leadership Skills
  • LIFE Youth Group
  • Marist Society
  • Missionary Trips
  • Peer Ministry
  • Spartan City Press (newspaper)
  • Study Abroad Program
  • Torch (yearbook)

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Bill O'Reilly, broadcaster and political commentator, former History teacher at MEPHS[4]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ Paige Names 172 Blue Ribbon Schools (2002-05-24). US Department of Education press release.
  3. ^ miami herald 3/1/08 page 12d
  4. ^ Marvin Kitman, The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly (St Martins Press, 2007), p. 65.

External links

  • Monsignor Edward Pace High School official website
  • The Home of Old Spartans unofficial alumni site
  • Monsignor Edward Pace High School on Private School Review
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