Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries.
Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho has led the school district since the fall of 2008. During his tenure, the district has received state and national recognition for unprecedented increases in student achievement and graduation rates.
I have a tee-shirt from Gallagher’s Ship’s Mast Pub circa 1988, when my sister and I moved to S. 1st & Berry. She was a regular. At that time the bar was mostly long haul truckers (of garbage, I think) from West Virginia and rural areas of Pennsylvania, with a light scattering of recent Wburg transplants on Thursday nights when performances gradually became more prevalent. John Gallagher was a former transit cop (I forget the story of why he was booted off the force). Nora tended bar there before they hooked up and got married. She had a bald spot (or two). John’s specialty was Neil Diamond covers — “Solitary Man” comes to mind. Now THAT was something to behold. Arthur F., . “The Mayor of Williamsburg” was also there every night. He had this story about pigeons that he would tell over and over. He carried a long chain and a can of oven cleaner to defend himself on the Mean Streets. I could go on about this forever … I really do have a black Ship’s Mast tee-shirt with white logo and print. Treasure!