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Early 1950s - Lindsey Hopkins Education Building, home of Miami Technical High School and WTHS
Early 1950's Courtesy of Rowena Sumrall

Early 1950's - Lindsey Hopkins Education Building, home of Miami Technical High School and WTHS

1400 N. E. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida view map

Thank you to Rowena Sumrall, Miami Tech High Class of 1956, for contributing this great old image. Miami Technical High School opened shortly after World War II with an initial enrollment of 400 students. Prior to that, the School Board of Dade County purchased The Roosevelt Hotel, an unfinished 15-story hotel started in Miami's boom years, from Mr. Lindsey Hopkins who had moved to Miami from Atlanta where he made his fortune from Coca-Cola stock for $225,000. They sold the original Technical High School site across the street for $50,000 and using $400,000 in federal money they remodeled the building and moved Miami Tech and the school board's administrative offices into it. The building was then renamed Lindsey Hopkins Building. Somewhere along the way, in the late 1950's, the technical school was renamed to Lindsey Hopkins Education Center.

In 1983 the school was relocated to 750 NW 20th Street, Miami. The Lindsey Hopkins Building was demolished in 1988.

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Everett BOYD 25-Nov-2016 23:04
I graduated from Miami Tech in 1952 with a high school diploma and a trade certificate in Building Construction and CabinateMaking. I went into the Army and returned to start an apprenticeship as a carpenter. I went to the school 1 night per week until I became a journeyman carpenter in 1958. In 1958, I went to University of Miami and got a degree in Electrical Engineering. Miami Tech prepared me for the college degree. It was super school.
Everett (Ed) Boyd
Bob White 04-Jul-2016 20:36
A fantastic place. You could learn Auto Mechanics or Body Shop work, Printing Press Operation, Machine Shop, Electrical and Refrigeration, Radio Communications or Repair,
Dental Tech, or Aircraft Repair or Instrument Repair, Hotel work, and Bakery work. We had a full cafeteria that served a wide variety of meats , vegetables and deserts. None of the garbage we serve our kids today. This is what I can remember 65 years later.
My instructor J.A. Scisento (W4IKF) would say "get your License boys, we have a war
coming (Korea) and they are going to need Radiomen". Well, I got my License but it was 3
years later that I joined the navy as a Radioman. That led to a 31 year career with A.T.&T as a
Supervising Radioman at a Coastal Radio Station (WOM) in Fort Lauderdale, my birthplace.
My class room was on the 10kth floor with a view straight down the Miami ship channel. When the 17 story Lindsley Hopkins Vocational building was torn down is left a huge hole in the Miami skyline and my heart.
Don Boyd08-Mar-2016 08:56
C what?
Carolyn Young (now Stingo) 08-Mar-2016 01:57
Don Boyd20-Feb-2016 06:50
Rosalyn, thank you for taking the time to post your memories of Miami Tech and your experience at your bank employment. The county school system still has vocational schools but they are spread around the county instead of one centralized location. There's one here on the east side of Miami Lakes that has all kinds of vocation programs that prepare students for skilled jobs in a variety of occupational fields. My son-in-law graduated from the appliance repair program after graduating from regular high school and he is doing quite well with a top notch appliance repair company.

rosalyn schaefer eisner 20-Feb-2016 01:28
sorry for the missed spelling as well as typing. trying not to look at the keyboard.
rosalyn schaefer eisner 20-Feb-2016 01:25

I went to that school from about 52-53 and love it. I too bookkeeping and never really had the chance to use any of the things I learned such as machines. When I went to work at a bank after I graduated they said those machines were outdated. I have very fond memories of the people I went to school with and some that I met in my elder years, that I know became friends with. Sadly, that type of school is gone and very much needed in todays culture for those that can't afford collage. It at least prepares them for a background for job employment or ownership.
John Tomasetti 10-Jan-2016 05:03
I attended Tech High in 1950. Diesel & Auto shop.
Mel Schuldt 14-Dec-2015 19:18
I grauated in 1957 and my father "Bill" was a elevator operator there for years. I always worried he would find out whem I sliped out of machine shop to jump on my motorcycle and go swiming at south beach.
anita teheun 12-Sep-2015 21:08
Memories... I attended high school here. I choose the business program which included business math, English and bookkeeping.