Ransom Everglades
Ransom Everglades is an independent
Independent school
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, non-profit, co-educational, college-preparatory
University-preparatory school
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 day school serving grades six to twelve in Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
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. It formed with the merger in 1974 of the Everglades School for Girls and the Ransom School for Boys. It's described as a college preparatory school and 100% of Ransom Everglades' students attend a four-year institution after graduation.

Admission is competitive and tuition costs $28,400 per year. Financial aid is available. Graduating classes tend to number between 140 and 160 students (2007-2010 average: 142); approximately 85% continue onto out-of-state colleges and universities. Despite its size, the school has a comprehensive athletic program with over 70 teams among 18 interscholastic sports. Over 90% of the student body participates in team sports.

Ransom Everglades is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Membership is held in the Southern and National Associations for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the College Entrance Examination Board, among others.


Paul C. Ransom, an educator and New York lawyer, opened Pine Knot Camp in 1896 as a school for boys. In 1902 he combined that with a campus in the Adirondacks of New York to create the Adirondack-Florida School, the first two-campus boarding school. Students would attend classes in the Florida campus in the winter and New York campus in fall and spring. The school suspended operations during World War II. After the war the school reopened in 1947. In 1949 the Adirondack campus was shut down and the school continued in Coconut Grove as the Ransom School for Boys. Ransom School changed from a boarding to a day school in 1972. Its counterpart, the Everglades School for Girls, began in 1955 founded by Marie B. Swenson. The schools merged and took its current name in 1974.

One of the early buildings still stands on the campus, the pagoda was built in 1902 and served as the original assembly hall for the school. In more recent years it has served as the headmaster's office. It's often featured in historic pictures of South Miami, and in 1973 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


The school occupies two campuses. The Upper School serves grades nine through twelve and is located on the shore of Biscayne Bay
Biscayne Bay
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, the site of the original Pine Knot Camp. This makes it the oldest South Florida school still in its original location. The Middle School serves grades six through eight and is about one and a half miles from the Upper School. It is not located on the water but is in a residential neighborhood and a mile away from the restaurants and shops of Coconut Grove. It is also the original site of the Everglades School for Girls.

Notable Alumni

  • Ferdinand W. Roebling, Jr. - Industrialist. First graduate.
  • Butch Brickell
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    , True Lies
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    , and others
  • Eric Buermann - Environmental activist. Chairman, South Florida Water Management District
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  • Majandra Delfino
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     - Actress on Roswell (TV series)
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  • Marc Fein
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     - Sports broadcaster
  • Alex Fumero - Actor and writer. Producer of the Reggaeton
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     comedy group "The Toners." Recent star in the telenovela series Más Sabe el Diablo
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  • Debby Herbenick
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     - Research scientist at Indiana University
  • Jeff Lindsay
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     - writer of the Darkly Dreaming Dexter
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     series, which has been adapted into the hit television series Dexter (TV series)
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  • Phillip Lord
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     - director of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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  • Mike Malinin
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     - Drummer for the Goo Goo Dolls
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     since 1995.
  • Jeanine Mason
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     - Winner of Season 5 of Fox
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    's So You Think You Can Dance
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  • Stuart A. Miller - President of the Lennar Corporation
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  • Ned Moore - Executive Director, Foundation for Independent Higher Education ( FIHE )
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    , Washington, DC
  • Jay Pierrepont Moffat
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     - Diplomat.
  • Lithgow Osborne
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     - Diplomat.
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     - Composer.
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  • Devi Sridhar - Youngest American Rhodes Scholar (at age 18) since creation of award.
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  • W. Robert Timken. President of Timken Company
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  • (Andrea) Ondi Timoner
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    - film director, only director to win Sundance Grand Jury award twice
  • Jordi Vilasuso
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     - Cuban-American award-winning soap opera actor
  • Carlos Watson - Television host
  • Bruce Weitz
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     - Actor, best known as undercover cop Sgt. Michael "Mick" Belker in the 1980s TV series "Hill Street Blues
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  • Eugene Williams, Jr. - Former child actor, writer, educator, and motivational speaker
  • Sloan Wilson
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  • Nicholas Winset
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     - Professor terminated from Emmanuel College

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