Nova High School

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Nova High School is a public high school located in Davie, Florida and is part of the Broward County Public Schools district. It is one of four schools that comprise the Nova Center for Applied Research and Professional Development, the others being Nova Eisenhower Elementary School, Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School, and Nova Middle School. Nova Eisenhower Elementary, the newest of the three lower schools, began in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, in the old Fort Lauderdale High School building, while the current facility was being built in Davie. The Nova campus is located within the South Florida Education Center, a consortium of area institutions which include the main campuses of Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and the McFatter Technical Center, as well as regional campuses of the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and has earned a FCAT school grade of "A" every year since 1999, with only one "B" grade in the 2002-2003 year.


Nova High School was established in 1960, and opened in September 1963, as a joint project between the Broward County Public Schools and Ford Foundation. Known as the Nova Educational Experiment, the project aimed to create a community of schools spanning elementary to university level education in one location. Forman Field, the 545 acre site of a vacated naval aviation facility and located in the then rural areas of Broward County was chosen as the site for the project.The Nova schools were originally jointly funded by the Ford Foundation and local sources, and were known for their progressive curricula and use of experimental teaching methods. Students were required to pass an entrance exam for acceptance and a lengthy waiting list often existed for potential students. The school year consisted of eleven months of instruction, with a one-month summer break. Nova was the beta testing site for "Propaganda" and a number of other academic games. The earliest national academic games tournaments were held on the Nova campus during the late 1960s. After the Nova Educational Experiment ended in the 1970s, the Ford Foundation departed and total control of the Nova schools reverted to the Broward County Public Schools. Entrance requirements were relaxed, however, as of 1985, placement on a waiting list for entry into the schools was still required. During the 1980s, the schools' special status had begun to chafe within the workings of the school board. School board movements to close or consolidate the schools resulted in heated contention between parents, students and the board, often accompanied by noisy public meetings. The Nova schools have consistently ranked at the very top of schools in the state. Nova High School was ranked as the 237th best public high school in the United States, 36th best in Florida, by Newsweek Magazine in 2007 and is listed as a Silver Medal School by the U.S. News & World Report in 2008, placing it within the top 3% of all high schools in the country.Nova High School is also well known for its extensive course offerings, including 22 Advanced Placement courses. Nova graduates consistently matriculate to some of the finest colleges and universities in Florida and throughout the country.


As of 2014, the total student enrollment was 2149. The ethnic makeup of the school was 26% White, 44.2% Black, 20.8% Hispanic, 5.9% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2.65% Multiracial, and .32% Native American or Native Alaskan.Nova High School was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida Department of Education in 2002–2003, 2004–2013. On the 2007 norm-referenced Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), Nova students performed nationally at the 75th percentile in reading and 82nd percentile in math. Nova faculty have, on average, 12 years of teaching experience and 49% hold advanced degrees. Average class size is 25 and the student stability rate is 97%.

County-sanctioned athletic programs

Basketball (Boys' and Girls') Baseball (Boys') Bowling Cross Country (Boys' and Girls') Diving (Boys' and Girls') American football (Boys') Flag football (Girls') Soccer (Boys' and Girls') Swimming (sport) (Boys' and Girls') Diving (sport) (Boys' and Girls') Track and Field (Boys' and Girls') Tennis (Boys' and Girls') Softball (Girls') Volleyball (Boys' and Girls') Wrestling (Boys') Water Polo (Boys' and Girls') Golf Team (Boys' and Girls') Step Team (Boys' and Girls') Cheerleading

Debate team

The Nova High School debate team is one of the top four largest teams in the United States, with its National Forensic League rating consistently wavering between fourth and sixth in the country. The team is also the largest and most winning team in the NFL Manatee District (the second biggest district in the country according to the February 2011 Rostrum Magazine), the most successful in Florida, and the top-ranked team in the Southeast United States. Nova is well known for its sweepstakes wins at national tournaments like the Yale Invitational, the Glenbrooks Tournament in Chicago, the Emory Barkley Forum, the Harvard Invitational, and more; this is in addition to consistently winning first place overall at state and regional tournaments such as the University of Florida Blue Key Tournament, the Crestian Classic, the Sunvitational, and the Florida Forensic League Varsity State Tournament. The Nova High School debate team also has the third most invitees to the prestigious Montgomery Bell Academy Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin, behind Newton South High School (Massachusetts) and Theodore Roosevelt High School (Iowa). Moreover, the performance of Nova High at the NFL National Tournament each June is evidently a testament to the team's national standing. The team has seven National Champions since 2000: Jeff Hannan in Student Congress, Gregory Bernstein in Student Congress Scott Jacobson in Student Congress, Matt Futch in Student Congress, Allison Pena in Extemp Commentary, and in 2011 – Jamaque Newberry in Dramatic Interpretation, Jared Odessky in Domestic Extemperaneous Speaking, and Gregory Bernstein in Congressional Debate in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013 the team was also one of only three in the nation to win overall excellence at Nationals. In 2017 Rafey Khan and Cornelia Fraser placed first in nationals in Public Form.

Baseball team

Coach Pat McQuaid has led the Nova Titans baseball team for 42 years. To honor the coach's service to the school, the baseball field was named Pat McQuaid Field. Recent accomplishments include state championships in 2004 and 2005. In each of those years, the Titans were ranked #1 in the nation by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. In April 2010, Coach McQuaid was inducted into the F.H.S.A.A. (Florida High School Athletic Association) Hall of Fame for his lifelong contribution to coaching high school baseball in the State of Florida. Former Nova High School players to see game time with a Major League Baseball team include Doug Johns (Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics), Harry Chappas (Chicago White Sox), Michael Morse (San Francisco Giants), Jeff Fiorentino (Baltimore Orioles), Anthony Swarzak (Minnesota Twins), and Tyler Kinley (Colorado Rockies).

Swim, dive, and water polo teams

Since 1968, Nova High School's Swim, Dive, and Water Polo Teams have earned 1 National Record, 1 National Champion, 183 All-Americans, 8 National Scholar Team Awards, 7 Team State Championships (12-Time Runner-up), and 58 Individual State Titles. From 2006 to 2015.

Drama club

Nova High School's Drama Club has participated in the Florida State Thespian Festival and received Excellents and Superiors. The Weight of Words is an anti-bullying show written by Nova High students and the Lovewell Institute, and performed throughout Florida by current students enrolled in the Acting class. This play is a "call for action" for all audience members that will transform any audience into agents of change. The Weight of Words is becoming widely known and is now being performed in other states and schools.

Nova High Band Program

NHS Band Director History. Nova HS has had 8 full time band directors over time. Fred Humphreys spent 7 years with the program before his son Mark Humpreys became the assistant director in 1983. The following year Fred took a step back before completely leaving the school leaving Mark to lead the program until 1993. Maria Kluttz joined the faculty at Nova HS, bringing the first marching band to the school.

Notable alumni


Woody Alpern host of the financial talk radio show “CPA Wealth Advisors”, airs every Saturday and Sunday at 10 am on Atlanta’s News Radio 106.7 FM Glenn Greenwald, Class of 1985, journalist and author Jeff Garlin, Class of 1980, comedian and actor/producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm, star of The Goldbergs Paige O'Hara, voice of Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast Scott Storch, Grammy Award–winning music producer Uffie (Anna-Catherine Hartley), Electro music artist Justin D. Jacobson, Class of 1988, award-winning game designer and publisher David Bianculli, Class of 1971, television critic for National Public Radio Corinne Kaplan, Survivor contestant on Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan


Alison Kosik, CNN business correspondent Marie Murray Martin, Class of 1981, founder of the Elberta Arts Center and award-winning education writer Cary Tennis, Class of 1971, writer for


Football Autry Denson, Class of 1995, running back, all-time rushing yards leader at Notre Dame; running backs coach Tyrus McCloud, Class of 1993 – linebacker, went to NFL Chris Gamble, cornerback, Carolina Panthers (2004-2012)Baseball Harry Chappas, MLB shortstop with Chicago White Sox (1978-1980) Jeff Fiorentino, MLB outfielder with Baltimore Orioles (2005-2006, 2009) and Oakland Athletics (2008) Doug Johns, MLB pitcher with Oakland Athletics (1995-1996) and Baltimore Orioles (1998-1999) Tyler Kinley, MLB pitcher with the Minnesota Twins (2018) Mike Morse, Class of 2000, MLB outfielder/first baseman with San Francisco Giants, formerly with Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Giants (2014 World Series champions), Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates Anthony Swarzak, MLB pitcher with Atlanta Braves, formerly with Minnesota Twins and Chicago White SoxBasketball Mickey Dillard, NBA player for Cleveland Cavaliers (1981–1982); played collegiately at Florida State University Jim Thomas, played in NBA for Indiana Pacers (1983–1985), Los Angeles Clippers (1985–1986) and Minnesota Timberwolves (1990–1991); played collegiately at the University of IndianaSoccer Cory Gibbs, Bundesliga (FC St. Pauli), Eredivisie (Feyenoord), and MLS (Dallas Burn and Chicago Fire) defender, member of U.S. national team


Robert F. Coleman, Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley Nathan Connolly, Class of 1995, historian. Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Melanie G. May, Class of 1969, Judge Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal Chesley V. Morton, Class of 1969, Georgia House of Representatives 1983–1991 Kevyn D. Orr, Esquire, Class of 1979, City of Detroit emergency financial manager Brian A. Skiff, Class of 1973, noted astronomer at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ Ben Stark, Class of 2001, Hall of Fame American Magic: The Gathering player.
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