Ruth Kugel Broad
Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary School opened for the 1995-1996 school year. This school replaced the original school that was built in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands in 1957. Shepard and Ruth K. Broad were the major developers of the Town of Bay Harbor Islands. Shepard Broad was an immigrant orphan child who arrived in the United States at the age of 14 in 1920. He was truly the product of "The American Dream." He immediately integrated into American Culture, educating himself through formal studies and graduating from New York Law School at the age of 21.
Shepard met Ruth Kugel in New York and married her in 1932. He moved his young family of two children to Miami Beach, Florida in 1940. With relentless vision, he purchased mangrove swamps in North Biscayne Bay in 1946. From this swampland, he built a modern town, the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, that is now home to over 5,000 families.

The Bay Harbor Islands Elementary School, built in 1957, became too small to accommodate a growing young population. The original school, known as Bay Harbor Elementary School, was replaced by Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary School in 1996. Shepard Broad decided to name the school in memory of his wife, Ruth Kugel Broad, whose love for children and education were cornerstones of her life.

The Shepard Broad Foundation generously supported our technology program that opened with state of the art equipment. Today our children continue to enjoy the benefits of modern technology.

For the tenth consecutive year, our school has achieved an A+ rating by the Department of Education of the State of Florida. The Town of Bay Harbor Islands is considered a model residential community in South Florida with one of its major assets being our school.

In 2008, Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary became a K-8 Center.

We are ever thankful for the interest, effort and generous contributions of the Broad family.


The faculty and students of Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center mourn the loss of Mr. Morris Broad.
As part of The Sheppard Broad Foundation, the late Morris Broad, along with his sister Ann Bussel, gave so generously to our school and to the wider Miami community.

He will forever be remembered as an honorary Bobcat who, with his clear vision for public education, brought an endless amount of opportunities to all of our children and families. His legacy will be one of giving, knowledge, technology and the dream of a global education for all!