Stranahan High School is a fully accredited, public urban high school in Broward County, Florida. Stranahan has a proud history as the second oldest school in Fort Lauderdale, officially opening in 1953 as an elementary school. The school was built on land donated by Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, a Fort Lauderdale pioneer and named for her late husband, Frank Stranahan. Stranahan became a fully accredited high school during 1958-1959 school year.
Stranahan High School today serves one of the more diverse urban student populations in the Broward School District. The school has undergone rapid demographic changes in the past ten years and the school's urban community has become increasingly multi-ethnic. Our student body is comprised of individuals from multiple socio-economic backgrounds. Over 500 of our students are involved in one of our two magnet programs. Many of the students come from around the county within our boundary (South of Sunrise Blvd.) and travel from cities including but not limited to Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Weston and Cooper City.
It is the primary goal of the current administration at Stranahan to provide all students with the high quality educational experiences to prepare them for the world beyond high school. The focus for school improvement and student achievement has been in the three areas: intellectual focus (raising standards for all students), personalization and school-based career learning. Stranahan utilizes High Schools that Work as its primary restructuring initiative and was awarded a Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) grant for $150,000 to help implement the High Schools that Work program. A $500,000 South Florida Annenberg Challenge Grant was awarded to implement the Academy initiative.
Approximately 1300 students are currently enrolled at Stranhan High School. The racial/ethnic breakdown of student population is reflective of the school's rich cultural diversity.