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Felix Varela High School

Felix Varela Senior High School
The Hammocks, Florida
Type Public Secondary
Established August 2000
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Mrs. Nery Fins[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,072 students
Campus Suburban

Hunter Green, Black and Silver

Mascot Viper
Average Class Size 35
Founding Principal Millie Fornell

Felix Varela Senior High School is a public high school located at 15255 SW 96th St in The Hammocks, unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA.[2] Past Principals include Ms. Millie Fornell (2000-2005) and Ms. Connie Navarro (2005-2011). The current Principal is Mrs. Nery Fins (2011–present).Varela was built as an overcrowding relief school for G. Holmes Braddock High School and Miami Sunset High School; construction began in 1998 but due to delays during construction (mainly concerning funding and local area politics) the school's opening was pushed back several times. Varela opened to students fall of 2000.

The school was named for Father Félix Varela (November 20, 1788 – February 27, 1853), a Cuban Roman Catholic Priest, human rights advocate, teacher, and an admired figure throughout the Cuban American exile community.

The school opened its doors to approximately 2,000 ninth and tenth graders (classes of 2003 and 2004) on August 28, 2000. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


  • Band Program 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Notable Alumni 3
  • Athletics 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Band Program

The Varela High School Band is known as the "Band of Mystery."


Felix Varela is 81% Hispanic, 10% White non-Hispanic, 6% Black, 3% Asian.;[3]

Notable Alumni

  • Blake Jenner Actor on the television musical show Glee.[4]


The varsity sports program began with the 2001-2002 school year alongside its first junior class. Felix Varela High's athletic rivals include G. Holmes Braddock High School, Miami Sunset High School and John A. Ferguson High School, as well as the new Kendall school, TERRA Environmental Research Institute. Current Athletic Director-Coach Lisa Spinosa (2009–present). Past Athletic Directors: Coach Ron Balazs (2000-2005) and Coach Andy Chiles (2005-2009)


Boy’s Varsity soccer team:

  • 2008 National Champions[5]
  • 2008 FHSAA Class 6A State Champions by defeating Weston Cypress Bay 1-1 (4-1 PK). (Back-to-Back State Champions)[6]
  • 2007 FHSAA Class 6A State Champions by defeating Wellington High School 2-1 (This is the school’s first state championship throughout its six-year history in varsity sports)[7]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "The Hammocks CDP, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 9, 2010.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Glee Project 2 Winner Blake Jenner on His Hopes for Glee Season 4 and Meeting Damian McGinty — Exclusive". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Varela boys nation's best" Miami Herald
  6. ^ "Varela's extra effort adds up to 2nd title in a row" Miami Herald
  7. ^ "Varela coach has the right fit" Miami Herald

External links

  • Felix Varela High School
  • Miami-Dade County public schools
  • The Viper Vibe

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