North Miami Senior High has had its share of alumni who have been very successful in their careers after graduating high school:
Johnny Holliday (born John Bobbitt – Class of 1955) – Disc jockey and sports announcer in New York and Washington DC, he currently is the ‘voice of the Maryland Terrapins’ for University of Maryland sports events.
Andy Murcia (Class of 1958) – Syndicated columnist and former Chicago police officer husband of actress and entertainer Ann Jillian.
Paul Gleason (Class of 1958) – Noted character actor of film and, including The Breakfast Club, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and Die Hard, among others. Older Pioneer alumni from the 1950s will probably notice a little tribute to Pioneer tradition in The Breakfast Club: “Hagga-nagga!” the rally cry of the Pioneer football teams of the 1950s.
Bill Conti (Class of 1959) – First winner of the Miami Herald’s Silver Knight awards in the category of music. He later became a composer of film music and became famous with his composition for the score of the film Rocky in 1976. In 1981, he joined the exclusive club of music composers who scored the James Bond films, scoring For Your Eyes Only. Two years later in 1983, he won the Academy Award for Best Musical Score for the film The Right Stuff.
Steve Carlton (Class of 1963) – After graduating from North Miami, he began a long career in professional baseball as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies. He won four Cy Young awards for his pitching skills and his slider pitch – his signature – caused many a batter to strike out. He retired from baseball in 1988 and the Phillies retired his number 32 the following year. In 1994, Carlton was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility.
Jeff Zucker (Class of 1982) – President of NBC Universal Television.
Roger Bernstein (Class of 1985) – Immigration law attorney in Miami, was one of the principal attorneys in the Elian Gonzalez immigration case in 2000.
Scott Galvin (Class of 1986) – North Miami City Councilman and President of the Greater North Miami Historical Society.
There are probably more... please feel free to contact me with any corrections and/or additions to this list!