Dolphins Voyage To Howard D. McMillan Middle School

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Nearly 200 sixth through eighth middle school students participate in a Gatorade Junior Training Camp.

The Miami Dolphins voyage to Howard D. McMillan (H.D. McMillan) Middle School for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC) and nearly 200 sixth through eighth Middle School students participated in the Gatorade JTC along with cheerleader routines.

“I love seeing physical activity being fun, exciting, and enjoyable while learning different skills,” said Hilca Thomas, Principal for the Howard D. McMillan Middle School. “The students had an opportunity to engage in organized, physical activities with role models from the Miami Dolphins that they can relate too.”

H.D. McMillan Middle School has nearly 850 sixth to eighth graders participate in 55-minutes of physical activities daily. Principal Thomas envisions one day having an organized, football team competing at HD McMillan.

Furthermore, the school is a Title I School in Dade County and nearly 78% of the student population receives either reduced or free lunch provided by the government. Title I is The No Child Left Behind program to improve the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged. The No Child Left Behind program is the largest single program of federal aid for elementary and secondary education. Title I is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for all students by helping them succeed in the regular program; attain grade-level proficiency; and improve academic achievement so that “no child is left behind.”

In September 1976, Howard D. McMillan Middle School opened their doors to serve the students, parents, and community members while striving to become the premier middle school in Miami-Dade County. Howard D. McMillan Middle has continuously employed innovative, educational programs and technologies. The Exceptional Education Inclusion Program was initiated at their school and was subsequently adopted by the District as the standard for Exceptional Student Education. The use of interactive electronic classrooms is now standard in 80% of their classrooms, and they also piloted the internet-based electronic Gradebook, which later became the norm for the District.

To see photos from our school visit to H.D. McMillan Middle School or any of our previous events, like us on Facebook, Dolphins Academy. 

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps.

You may visit to request dates school visits for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, Fins Friday, or Beyond the Game. 

For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps, or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or
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