History and Heritage
Cardinal Gibbons High School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school in the Archdiocese of Miami. It provides a Catholic education for its students, following the principles set down by Christ in His Gospel and reflecting the teaching ministry of the Church. Cardinal Gibbons serves the Catholic families of the area as well as other families who wish to experience a Catholic education.
Cardinal Gibbons was established in September 5, 1961 by His Excellency Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll, who appointed Reverend Thomas A. Dennehy the first Supervising Principal. Sister Marie Schramko, O.S.F., was named Principal of the Girls' Division and Reverend Henry Mirowski, Sch.P., Principal of the Boys' Division. CGHS opened its doors to 176 freshmen and sophomores on a sand-strewn campus with two partially completed buildings. Expansion was the key word. In the following years, the addition of the eleventh and twelfth grades, an enlarged faculty, a field house, science wing, cafeteria, gym, and new classrooms has led to the present ten buildings, parking lots, and improved campus. In 1972, the school became co-educational. On June 17, 1973, Reverend Joseph Huck was appointed to succeed Reverend Thomas A. Dennehy as Supervising Principal. In September of 1974, Very Reverend Joseph J. Kershner, Sch.P., was appointed Supervising Principal. On Father Kershner's retirement, December 2, 2002, Mr. Paul D. Ott was appointed Interim Principal. His appointment as Principal became effective July 1, 2003.