Cocoa High School

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Cocoa High School
Cocoa, Florida
United States
Type Public high school
Established June 15, 1917
School district Brevard Public Schools
Principal Stephanie Soliven
Staff 78
Grades 7-12
Number of students 1272
Color(s) Orange and Black        
Mascot Tiger

Coordinates: 28°22′57.28″N 80°46′7.97″W / 28.3825778°N 80.7688806°W / 28.3825778; -80.7688806

Cocoa High School is located in Cocoa, Florida and is part of the Brevard Public Schools District. 1272 students attend.[1] There are 78 faculty members, giving a student/teacher ratio of 17.8.[2] The principal is Stephanie Soliven.[3]


Cocoa High School's first building was dedicated June 15, 1917.[4][5]

On September 14, 1925, Cocoa High School officially opened in a newly constructed four-story building.[6] These buildings were later used by Brevard Community College in 1960 when they first started.[7]

That part of Rosetine Street bordering the Cocoa High campus, was renamed "Tiger Trail" in honor of the school's mascot. Renaming streets after bordering high school's mascots is traditional in Brevard County.[citation needed]

In 2010, the football team played three out-of-state games in an effort to be nationally ranked.[8] In September 2010, the school was ranked 12th in the nation.[9] It also set a county record for number of consecutive football victories, 31.[10]

In 2014, 18-year-old senior Robert Marucci, who had performed in several videos on a gay pornography website, was briefly suspended from the school. Marucci stated that he had been suspended because of his adult-film performances; school authorities denied this, asserting that they were responding to allegations that Marucci had threatened students who had taunted him for his after-school job. Several students staged a protest at the school and on social media, demanding that Marucci be allowed to return.[11][12][13][14][15]


The school campus contains 18 single-story buildings located on Tiger Trail, in Cocoa, Florida. [16] [17] A 1,000 seat auditorium was built in 2010.[18]


  • Football State Champion. Class 3A 2008,[19] Class 2A 2009[20] Class 2A 2010
  • Basketball State Champion. 1960.[21] Class 4A 2009[22]


The school offers students the following activities:

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) problems[edit]

At the end of the 2005-2006 school year, Brevard Public School District conducted an internal investigation of Cocoa High which resulted in the removal of four of the school's principals. The administration at the school inaccurately reported its FCAT information. The District found that the school's principal, and three assistant principals, were involved in the scandal. All four administrators were removed from their positions.[23]

In 2007, the school scored a "D" based on the standardized testing for the year, the lowest score in the district.[24] This was raised to an "A", using different criteria in 2010, after state officials decided the old standards were too high. It is one of five high schools in Brevard to have this grade.[25]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Cocoa High School, Cocoa Florida / FL school information". Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Administration of CHS". 
  4. ^ "Today in Florida History" for June at the Wayback Machine (archived August 27, 2008)
  5. ^ A black plaque is displayed on the front of the main office building commemorating the original opening of the school
  6. ^ Dates in Cocoa History Cocoa Village[dead link]
  7. ^ Spitzer, Michelle (7 November 2010). "BCC looks beyond half-century". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. p. 1A. 
  8. ^ Florida Today retrieved 5 August 2010[dead link]
  9. ^ Mccallum, Brian (2010-09-15). "Cocoa 12th in national poll". Florida Today. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  10. ^ McCallum, Brian (15 October 2010). "Cocoa rolls sets record for victories". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1C. 
  11. ^ DeJohn, Irving. "Florida teenage gay porn star will return class after suspension". New York Daily News. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  12. ^ "Brevard County District: Student can return to school after porn controversy". 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  13. ^ Barchenger, Stacy. "Florida porn actor returning to high school classes". USA Today. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  14. ^ "Cocoa High School Student Suspended For Being In Porn". Florida News Journal. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  15. ^ O'Keeffe, Kevin. "WATCH: High School Senior Suspended, Then Unsuspended, for Gay Porn Gig". Advocate. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  16. ^ "Aerial view". 2000 Rosetine St: Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  17. ^ Cocoa High School
  18. ^ "Veterans Day Events:Cocoa Beach High School" (PDF). The Intercom 34 (1): 12. January 2011. 
  19. ^ [1] retrieved January 25, 2009,2010[dead link]
  20. ^ [2] retrieved December 13, 2009[dead link]
  21. ^ Karasotis, Peter (27 February 2011). "BLACK or WHITE". Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida). p. 1C. 
  22. ^ They're grrreat! Cocoa Tigers win state title retrieved March 10, 2009
  23. ^ "High school principal retires over FCAT scandal". Tampa Bay 10. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  24. ^ Downs, Megan (March 16, 2008). School aims to succeed. Florida Today. 
  25. ^ Spitzer, Michelle (8 December 2010). "With new rules, Cocoa High revels in first-ever A grade". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1A. 
  26. ^ Black History: Michael C. Blake - Central Florida News 13[dead link]
  27. ^ "James Folston Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". 1971-08-14. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  28. ^ Kenyon Review[dead link]
  29. ^ "Cocoa High School - Thompson, Scott (1983) Profile". Retrieved 2014-04-22.