About

History

Miami Country Day School began in 1938 as an elementary boarding school for boys and was founded by Mr. Luther B. "L.B" Sommers and C.W. "Doc" Abele. In the early years, the school was known as The Miami Country Day and Resident School for Boys. It opened with only seven boys, but quickly grew to have a reputation as one of the finest independent institutions in the Southeast. Through the 1950's and 1960's, day students were added to the school's resident population. From the beginning, the school emphasized the development of young boys into multi-faceted civic leaders, including a healthy dose of athletic activities and cultural experiences.

In the 1970's, Miami Country Day became co-educational and the boarding program was phased out. What had been the boarding rooms were converted into classrooms to make space for the growing student body. Originally a K-8 program, the school expanded to include an Upper School and graduated its first 12th grade class in 1981. The "Spartans" began to participate in a wide variety of competitive sports, playing for championships in everything from golf to soccer to swimming.
Over the years, political leaders, professional athletes, celebrities from film and music, and foreign dignitaries have chosen Miami Country Day School for their children. Miami Country Day alumni have gone on to successful careers in politics, business, entertainment, and a host of other promising fields. With a strong alumni base, many of these former graduates return to visit, become Miami Country Day parents, and some have even returned to teach!

The original buildings may have changed and made way for the new times, but the original spirit of the school stands steadfast. Where a one-story "quadrangle" and lower school playground without air conditioning once stood, a multi-level Media Center, complete with library, computer facilities, and the latest communication technologies has become the heartbeat of the campus.
Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.
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