Breaking Records: High School Student Achieves 5.6 GPA and Becomes the First Black Valedictorian in History

Timi Adelakun, an outstanding graduate of South Broward High School located in Hollywood, Florida, has created a new milestone by becoming the first-ever African American valedictorian in the school’s history. He achieved this feat by earning an exceptional GPA of 5.6, the highest in the school’s history.

Adelakun credits his academic success to taking advantage of the institution’s American College of Education programs, AP classes, and Broward College courses, which allowed him to earn college credits while still in high school.


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Adelakun was unable to attend traditional graduation ceremonies, but he remains excited about his future and his desire to reach new heights and venture beyond his comfort zone. “I guess after graduation, [my GPA will] go a little bit higher, but that’s my number,” Adelakun shared with WSVN. “It’s good to know [I] made school history.”

Timi Adelakun’s story is one of resilience, hard work, and determination. He serves as an inspiration to students everywhere that, no matter their background, they too can achieve greatness through dedication and commitment to their education and passions.


In addition to his academic achievements, Adelakun has a passion for theatre and is a member of the theatre club and the Thespian Honors Society. Even with his busy schedule, he manages to find time to take part in shows and competitions.

Despite receiving acceptances from several prestigious universities, including Columbia University, Juilliard, and UCLA, Adelakun chose to attend Pomona College on a full scholarship, where he plans to double major in theatre and molecular biology.

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