Miss Lamar Louise Curry was born in Key West, Florida on December 11, 1906, and Promoted To Glory on December 3, 2012. In 1916 she moved to Miami where she graduated from Miami High School in 1923. She attended Florida Southern College in 1927, located in Lakeland, Florida. That same year she began her teaching career in the Dade County Public School District at Andrew Jackson Junior High School, and in 1930 she was transferred to Miami High School where she taught social studies for 32 years.
Miss Curry had a positive influence in Florida on more than 6,000 students, many of whom became outstanding leaders. She served as the Honorary Chairperson of the “Save Old Miami High School Building” Committee. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted to honor Miss Curry by the naming of Lamar Louise Curry Middle School at the school board meeting on August 23, 2000.
Miss Lamar Louise Curry, a recurring visitor to the Graduation Ceremonies at Lamar Louise Curry until 2009, leaves behind an educational legacy. Read the Miami Herald article by Elinor J. Brecher tributing her 105 years of life.
The universal phrase “Simply the Best” was bestowed upon Lamar Louise Curry when it first opened its doors in 2000. Whether it is cantillated by Tina Turner or quoted by an encouraged child to their admired parents, at Lamar Louise Curry, we know those three simple words represent what we stand for – the pursuit of academic excellence and the holistic development of every student.