On January 28, 1926, the Miami Daily News reported that Gaston Drake ‘94 had convened a luncheon of 11 Princeton alumni to form what became the Princeton Club of South Florida. In 1906, Drake had founded Drake Lumber Company and named town of Princeton in South Dade, where the buildings were painted orange and black. He was Miami’s most prominent Tiger for over 50 years, and his great-nephew wrote of him after his death, “Princeton University has many loyal alumni, but it’s doubtful if any graduate ever loved his alma mater with more sincere affection than did Gaston Drake.”
95 years later, the Princeton Club of South Florida (PCSoFla) is a volunteer organization run by and for alumni, students, parents, and friends of Princeton University in South Florida. Our goal is not only to maintain our shared heritage as Princetonians, but to contribute to the life of our region, which is home (permanent or seasonal) to hundreds of Princeton alumni. When the pandemic ends, we will again hold periodic luncheons and receptions that are open to all alumni, parents and friends. In the meantime, we conduct a variety of special events online, both on our own and in conjunction with other alumni associations in the region. We have an active Alumni Schools Committee that helps to recruit and interview potential new Princetonians each year.
You can join PCSoFla even if you are already a member of another Princeton association elsewhere. Through this website, emails through Tigernet and social media, we’ll keep you informed of what’s going on and how you can participate. Explore the various sections of our website (listed in the navigation menu at the top of the page) to become more familiar with who we are and what we do. We’d love to have you and your family members visit and get involved!
Paying dues isn’t necessary, but contributing helps us to do more for alumni in South Florida. Dues are only $50 ($25 for recent graduates) and you can find details on how to pay by clicking on Membership in the navigation menu at the top of the page.