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Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School is named after a notable Miami leader who was forced into exile from Cuba as young man for fiercely opposing the communist regime. Jorge Mas Canosa (1939-1997) rose, through strength of character, focus, and discipline, to great prominence in American business and politics. With extraordinary leadership skills, he became the first Hispanic to head a publicly traded company while forging alliances with national and international leaders and three American administrations to found the Cuban American National Foundation dedicated to the promotion of freedom, democracy, and human rights in Cuba