North Miami Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame

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The Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame and Inductee Committee of North Miami Senior High School, Inc. a committee of BMJ Community Development, Inc. 501© 3 Not-For-Profit organization will host its 9thAnnual Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast Ceremony . It will be a historic event and will take place at 9:00am on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Joe Celestine Center/Claude Pepper Park 1525 NW 135st Street North Miami, Florida 33167. We have a great program to present and we will pay tribute to a few North Miami Senior graduates. We intend to give a Community Service Award to T. Willard Fair, President of the Urban League, Norman Brahman of Brahman Automotive, former Florida Governor Bob Graham. The Honorable Judge Eric Hendon Miami-Dade County, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Esq – Becker & Poliakoff, PA, Richard Strachan, Ph.D, and Larry Hanfield, Esq., Eunice Davis, President – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Alumni Chapter, Rosena Wright, President – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Alumni Chapter, Terrance Gibson, President – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Alumni Chapter, just to name a few. We will present Dr.James Bridges with a Lifetime Achievement Award,  Our Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees are: Ellen Bukstel, Award Winning Singer/Songwriter/Activist- Class of 1970, and Gary M. Goldfarb, Chief Strategy Officer – Interport Group of Companies and Jeff Zucker, President - CNN Worldwide –Class of 1982) and Mark Hildebrandt, Esq and Joey Hecht, Melton “Champ” Bowen, Angela Sococco Bowen, and Walter Anders.

The new North Miami High School houses 3,200 students and cost $93 million to build. It opened in August 2009. It sits on land that was formerly occupied by North Miami Middle School, the Armory, Valentine Center, Gribble Pool, and the old fire station. Persons interested in attending the Ceremony can RSVP by calling 786-486-7217. There will be a $25.00 donation requested of attendees it includes a lite breakfast.  Tp order tickets online click here:

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North Miami Senior High School and the surrounding area has undergone a massive reconstruction, abandoned were the forgotten over-achievers who once, against all odds, maintained their academic and athletic objectives in an Old School now demolished. Somehow, no one thought to save the old trophies, plaques and awards that laced the green and gray stately walls for more than 50 years. Generations of future students will have no illustration as to what their true possibilities maybe without an example set by a Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Committee has been formed to preserve the History for future generations. According to Bernard WH Jennings, President of the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame; “Without the Pioneer Hall of Fame, the ability to cure the void that will exist in the community may never come again”. One graduate said, “The main entrance of North Miami was once filled with State and Regional Trophies, now their gone in the trash”. It seems someone went on a cleaning frenzy and forgot to save the awards and place them in the new school. Even in the Band Room, home of the Pioneer Regiment, there were once more awards and plaques than musical instruments and students combined. Now, they too are all gone. 

Students that now attend the new North Miami Senior High have no historic point of reference to the achievers of the past; former North Miamians like them whom strolled the old halls, under similar adolescent pressures and over came, whom lived to adulthood, whom reached their goals. “We have to continue to give young people something to look forward to”, said retired North Miami High Coach Richard Gaskin, an advisor to the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. “Young people need role models that they can emulate and take positive direction from”, he said.