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1968 - Aerial photo of Miami Killian Senior High School, 10655 SW 97 Avenue, Miami
1968 Courtesy of Aaron Kurtz

1968 - Aerial photo of Miami Killian Senior High School, 10655 SW 97 Avenue, Miami

10655 SW 97 Avenue, Miami, Florida

Thank you to Aaron Kurtz, English Instructor, Yearbook Advisor, and All-around Good Guy, at Killian High for contributing this image of Miami Killian Senior High that was in their first yearbook. Killian had opened one year before.

It is amazing to see the lack of development around the school and the volume of Dade County Pines in the area, something we are seriously lacking now. Obviously the school system flattened a ton of pines when building the school except for a small strip of them along the fenceline.

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edvof 1968 01-Mar-2015 15:59
i had a friend that would go out into the woods perpendicular from the gym and bus and come back to class in a good mood. and i asked him one day what he was doing
out there and he showed me. it was a hidden bottle of booze and i couldn't stop
laughing about that for the rest of the day. we had good times that year, i still laugh
about that and other things we did that year.
MaxfromMiami24-Dec-2013 01:05
I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but this blog has a great thread of Miami from the 60-80's.
MaxfromMiami23-Dec-2013 23:41
We moved to 103 terr. in 69' also. It was great riding our bikes and mini bikes in the west 40's. There was a small dump right next to it where we would garbage pick and shoot rats with our BB guns. They started bussing when I started in 10th grade at killian and started skipping and hand across the streets in the woods there. I remember 'Snow White Eggs'!...Wow , that's an old memory. I hear ki;;ian is all enclosed now. I did my drivers Ed right where that bus is....Thanks all.
Alan Selvaggi 23-Feb-2013 02:55
I graduated in 73 and had a white 68 jeep that I drove around the west 40's pulling out all my friend's cars that got stuck trying to drive in the deep sands back there. I use to park the jeep across the road from the front of the school and could drive home during lunch hour. Anyone remember the girl who drove into the side of the school building (the building next to red car in the photo) during driver's Ed course and left a big crack in the building wall. That was good for a year of laughs everyday as we went from the parking lot into the school. We also lost every football game that year and had a school riot with the police heli landing in the front of the school. Great times!
Guest 01-Mar-2011 02:23
As a kid, (from '71 to '75) I boarded my horse(s) at snow white, triple dude ranch was next door and I boarded there as well...the west forties was THE place to ride as well as a golf course bordered by 97th I think and a nearby rock quarry cum lake (remember the beware of rock quarry slogans all elementary kids got to create each year for prizes?). Used to climb and hang out in the shade tree (a huge ficus in front of snow white)... smoke cigs and think we were soooo cool! (we so weren't )
Dave Les 06-Feb-2011 14:43
We moved in the northern edge of the "west 40's" in 1969 (sw 99 street).
I went to Killian until '79 and have fond memories of the 40's, riding my motorcycle there, the silo and all of the pretty girls who rode horses at "snow white eggs".
Miami was beautiful then, it's pretty much intolerable to live there now.
Marge Moore 03-Apr-2010 06:09
Oh, I forgot to mention that I heard the reason they hadn't built up the West 40 into a housing development sooner, was there were huge sinkholes underground. I saw a survey team that came out and they sank poles into the ground testing. There was a huge sink hole in the front pasture that had caved in.

Also, my 2 couisns, Wayne and Clyde Walton went to Killian.
Marge Moore 03-Apr-2010 05:54
I was one of the gals that used to ride my horses down the road from the West 40 ranch. When I was 16, I boarded a white horse there in 1959-60 and then rented the front pasture form Arvida (sp) in 1968 and kept a sorrel mare there along with my uncles horses. I think it was originally a dairy, then a horse rental and boarding place run by Phil and "Pop" Groh. .There was originally a big barn and a windmill on the west side and a pitcher pump with icey cold water. My old car, a Ford was used as a tack and hay shed by some horses owners I gave it to and was buried under the golf course across the street from th eranch when it was filled in. LOL What great memories!
Guest 08-May-2008 08:15
Snow White Egg Farm is now a wraparound road with 20-25 year old acre looks passable when compared to the even newer pristine concrete-walled development of cookie cutter barrel-tiled roofs....but the rural air of the place has been long siphoned out....the killian pines at the park contending with bravado..however if you venture down 90 ave a mile down to where it dead ends the swing-gated entrance to the last remaining horse stable stands proud albeit goofed in with the other lavish 5/4 houses with paved driveways, barrel-tiles, plant potters, and pools....the property's exposure is NNE from off the road...and the address probably reads ???? 108 st (theo. 108 st) because most off road houses in rural dade county that incorporate an acreage always take up its own street. It's a very cool history lesson...also there is a lady that has been selling homegrown avocados in front of her house since I was knee-high and I'm sure she could prove to be rather informative if ever an unofficial history of the killian pines/ west 40's area was to be's just too bad every entire last outparcel vanquished in the face of the developer's almighty dollar, forever silencing wooded hammocks and shrubbed patches of green with neatly paved streets with sidewalks and houses that all look so similar to one another it's no wonder people have trouble finding their identity in this town....I think all of us posters should band together and help pitch in for some sort of oral written history before the scope and face of the southwestern reaches of Dade forever fizzles away and dies.
Guest 16-Feb-2008 02:13
I graduated in 75...........amazing to be reminded of all this. I do remember the "horsey" people and being jealous of those girls who just sat atop so relaxed and beautiful riding along side of 97th Avenue.
MM 14-Feb-2008 02:00
Ah, memories. That's my alma mater (Class of '77) and if the pic extended a little further to the upper right you'd actually see my house. Not sure how many of you lived in this area or knew it but when we moved there in '65, it was still very horse-y and remained so for many years. A lot of people in the immediate area had horses (including us, at one time, and you can actually see the place where we boarded it in the lower left). It wasn't unusual to see kids riding horses, two or three abreast, along the side of the road. The undeveloped land from the upper center to upper right (now an upscale housing development, of course) was called the West 40s, supposedly named because it was 40 acres. It was THE destination to ride horses or motorcycles, as well as get high, get laid, etc.. There was a silo in the middle (you could see it peeking over the trees from Galloway Road) with at least one very old, well-worn mattress inside. Just the general hang for the local bored suburban teens. (Speaking of which, does anyone else remember the couch under the bridge behind Dadeland??) Back to this pic....across from the West 40s, on the south side of 106th Street (the main street you see cutting across the photo), was Snow White Egg Farm, with its block-long hen houses and a little house where you could buy fresh brown eggs.