The Crest of Cardinal Gibbons High School has great significance. In the upper left-hand corner is the coat of arms of the school’s namesake, James Cardinal Gibbons, a pioneer in the field of education in the United States, and his motto, “Come Holy Spirit.” In the upper right-hand corner is the crest of the Archdiocese of Miami, a palm tree planted between two crosses. The flowing waters surrounding the base of the crest signify the State of Florida.
The bottom half of the crest is reserved for the shields of the two religious communities who teach at Cardinal Gibbons. The one to the left is the Franciscan emblem, the stigmata of Saint Francis extended over the hand of Christ. The one to the right is the Piarist emblem. On the Piarist shield is Mary, the Mother of God, in Greek lettering. Her crown above the Latin “Maria” symbolizes her endless reign over the Order and her inspirational guidance over schools.
Stretching across the bottom of the Crest is the Latin word “Excelsior,” the school motto, encouraging the students “ever onward.”