Coral Gables High School inducted 11 new members into its esteemed Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 3.
The traditional public high school, located at 450 Bird Rd., has a remarkable roster of graduates that includes astronauts, world-acclaimed scientists, top national attorneys, politicians at the highest levels of government, best-selling authors, famous actors and Grammy-award winning musicians.
Here is this year’s Hall of Fame Class of 2023:
Dr. Mitchel Berger ’70 — Dr. Berger is a nationally recognized expert in treating brain and spinal cord tumors as well as tumor-related epilepsy in adults and children. He also is a specialist in brain mapping techniques used to identify and preserve areas of motor, sensory, and language function during surgery. He developed a technique in the 1980-90s that allows surgeons to safely snip out tumors from the tangle of electrical pathways that give people the ability to speak and move. He is past president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and recently was appointed by President Joe Biden to be on his three-member Presidential Cancer Panel that directly advises the president on all matters related to the National Cancer Plan.
Rear Admiral Keith Davids ’86 — Admiral Davids is a Navy SEAL officer. His tours of service include serving as the commanding officer of SEAL Team One where he deployed to Iraq to fight Al Qaida and, more recently, as the commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Iraq, to fight ISIS and liberate Mosul. His most recent assignment was in Homestead where he served as the commander of Special Operations Command SOUTH.
He served as the Military Aide to President George W. Bush and later served as the director of the White House Military Office overseeing military support to the Executive Office of the President.
Dr. Lillian Glass ’70 — Dr. Glass is a world-renowned communication and body language expert, best-selling author, and currently an award-winning filmmaker. She also is a media personality providing commentary on the body language of newsmakers. She is an expert witness in behavioral analysis for state and federal cases. Her best-selling books include Toxic People as well as The Body Language of Liars. As a film director and producer, she has made several award-winning films including Reinventing Rosalee which won 57 awards worldwide.
Judge Paul C. Huck ’58 — Judge Huck practiced civil trial law with several prominent law firms in Miami and, in 2000, he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where he continues to serve as a senior judge. He also has sat by designation as a visiting judge on the Eleventh and the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals each year for the past 20 years. Judge Huck has dedicated much of his life to teaching and mentoring both students and lawyers. He has taught the Litigation Skills and Professional Responsibility classes at the University of Miami since 1981.
Ted Leopold ’76 — Recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” Mr. Leopold litigates high-stakes, complex lawsuits on behalf of consumer safety issues, particularly as it relates to product defects, automobile safety, and managed care matters. In 2010, he obtained a $131 million jury verdict against the Ford Motor Company for faulty seatbelts — the ninth-largest verdict against an automobile company in U.S. history. In 2018, he was made the National Law Journal’s 2018 Energy and Environmental Trailblazers list.
Jeff Oster ’75 — Oster has distinguished himself in the musical genres of New Age, Ambient, Funk, and Jazz. He has achieved a Grammy nomination, performed at Carnegie Hall, released multiple albums worldwide of his own and been a guest artist on over 60 recordings from multiple Grammy-winning and nominated artists.
Paul Steinhardt ’70 — Steinhardt currently is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University where he is on the faculty of both the Departments of Physics and of Astrophysical Sciences. He is best known for his development of new theories of the origin, evolution, and future of the universe, especially the proposal of a cyclic universe. He also is well known for his discovery of a new form of matter, known as quasicrystals. He predicted their existence and co-developed the fundamental theory to explain their unique physical properties. Years later, he was a co-discoverer of the first natural quasicrystals, an effort which culminated in his leading a geological expedition to the desolate tundra north of the Kamchatka Peninsula in far Eastern Russia.
Admiral William “Bill” Studeman ’58 — Admiral Studeman is retired from the United States Navy and is a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with two extended periods as acting Director of Central Intelligence. He served in the administrations of both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a four-star Admiral, serving as Director of Naval Intelligence and as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). He currently serves on the National Advisory Board on Bio-Security and the Public Interest Declassification Board. He also is a member of the Defense Science Board as well as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Advisory Board, Defense Intelligence Agency Joint Military Intelligence, among other distinctions.
Dr. Michael Zinner ’63 — Dr. Zinner is the founding CEO and executive medical director of Baptist HealthSouth Florida’s Miami Cancer Institute established in 2017. As a Johns Hopkins-trained cancer surgeon, he previously was the chair of the Department of Surgery at UCLA and then chair of the Department of Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. For the previous 22 years he was the clinical director of the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Harvard. He has held the office of president of several national surgical organizations and was chair of the Board of Regents of the largest surgical organization in the country; the American College of Surgeons.
Friends of Gables High, the alumni and community group that sponsors Gables’ Hall of Fame, also honored two Gables educators who have made significant contributions to the school.
Dan Finora, who has served as a counselor at Gables High for more than 60 years, and Alberta Jones, who taught there for more than 30 years, serving as co-department chair of Language Arts and was Teacher of the Year.
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