On Friday, June 15, 2012, City of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez along with friends and family of Lorenzo Ladaga, unveiled the street name “Lorenzo Ladaga Way”.
Lorenzo Ladaga, a Cuban immigrant, made his way to Hialeah speaking no English at the age of 9, seeking a better life with his family. He attended Hialeah High School and eventually came back to become the school’s principal. Ladaga died November 2011 of a heart attack. He was 59. He was a father, husband, mentor and coach.
On June 15, 2012, approximately 200 friends and family gathered together to celebrate Ladaga in a street naming ceremony. East 4th Avenue, between 46th Street and 49th Street, which are adjacent to Hialeah High School, is now “Lorenzo Ladaga Way”.
Ladaga enrolled in Hialeah High School and has been a “T-Bred”, short for Thoroughbreds, the school’s mascot, ever since. He played on the school’s football and baseball teams and was the catcher on the school’s first state championship baseball team in 1969.
He went on to get a college degree from Miami Dade College, and then on to Florida International University where he received his teaching degree. Ladaga returned to Hialeah High as a science teacher and worked his way to principal from 2003 until 2008 when he retired.
Mayor Carlos Hernandez unveiled the street sign in front of a crowd that had gathered to remember Ladaga. The tarp that covered the sign got caught on the corner and Ladaga’s oldest son of three, his namesake, jumped up to yank the tarp down.
He looked up at the display and smiled.
“That’s awesome,” he said.
Ladaga would have celebrated 19 years of marriage to Emirce Ladaga this June.