Kennedy Middle School celebrates 50 years of excellence


As part of Kennedy Middle School's 50th anniversary celebration, students and guests were treated to a performance by the KMS Chorus. Among the numbers they performed was "Chapel of Love."

Photos by Carl Kotala

From decade-themed hallways to performances by the chorus, the orchestra and a dance and aerobics class, the 50th anniversary of Kennedy Middle School was clearly driven by its students.

The school, which serves Viera families west of Murrell Road, celebrated its 50th year last month with a number of alumni and invited guests from throughout the county. 

That included Brevard County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn, who told the crowd:

“The excellence of this school and of this community hits you like a ton of bricks right when you walk through the front door, and that does not happen by accident.

“It happens by everyone in here pouring themselves into this school. Your excellence is evident. I’m so proud of you. Congratulations.”

Also on hand were Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Ritch Workman — who represents the 52nd district in the Florida House of Representatives — along with local government officials and several school principals, including Mike Alba of Viera High School.

The Kennedy orchestra greeted guests as they filed into the school and during the celebration ceremony, the school’s chorus performed songs from five decades. There was also a fashion show that coincided with the school’s dance and aerobics class doing numbers representing popular dances from the past to the present.

Karen Henderson, the vice chairman of the Brevard County School Board, praised the work of Kennedy principal Richard Meyers.

“This school represents the best of the best in the county, in my opinion,” Henderson told the crowd. “The students represent our county well wherever they go.”

Kennedy, which has earned 13 consecutive “A” grades — and is expecting to stretch that to 14 in a row — has had success through the years not only academically, but with its athletic teams, orchestra and its chorus.

Meyers, who has been at Kennedy for more than 20 years, is proud of the way the school has grown during his tenure, particularly on the academic side where students are prepared for the next level and beyond.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in the programs and the systems we’ve been able to offer our students, the biggest of which have been our AVID program and the Cambridge program,” Meyers said. “Both are very rigorous and are college-oriented programs that prepare them and put them on a college-bound track.”

Workman, in his speech, praised schools like Kennedy for helping raise the overall ranking of Florida’s public education system.

It has certainly been a tremendous 50 years for the school. As Meyers told the crowd:

“With the accomplishments our students have made, and our staff, over the last 50 years, we can only imagine what it will be like the next time Kennedy celebrates an anniversary.”