First Coast High School
|First Coast High School|
|Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Color(s)||Silver, Black and Blue
First Coast High School is a 9–12 comprehensive high school located in the Oceanway neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. It was opened in 1990, at the same time as its sister school, Mandarin High School, opened in the southern part of the city.
The school's design is unique for Jacksonville schools (other than Mandarin, which started with an identical layout). The school is built around a large paved courtyard, reminiscent of Spanish architecture from the colonial period of Latin America. In 2006, an additional wing was added to the school, to accommodate the explosive growth in North Jacksonville.
As of 2014[update], the principal is Alvin Brennan.
First Coast was one of 16 schools nationwide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2007–08 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The team mascot is the Buccaneers. First Coast High School is home to the "Singing Bucs". The chorus is composed of five separate groups: treble chorus (beginning level), advanced women's chorus, men's chorale, concert choir, and chamber singers (advanced). Each chorus has performed at various venues around the city of Jacksonville and throughout the nation, including St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, St. Andrews Cathedral in New Orleans, Times Square in New York City, and the University of North Florida's annual feast of carols. The chorus program at First Coast has also performed in Walt Disney World's Candlelight processional at Epcot for many years.