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.
The current principal is Carol Daniels, who replaced Vincent Hall in 2013.
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. The First Coast football program won district championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. They have also gone undefeated three years in a row but suffered there first loss in 3 years to Williams M. Raines high school in 2013.[when?]
First Coast High School is also home to the "Singing Bucs". The chorus program at First Coast has been led by director John Larsen since the school first opened. 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. The motto of the First Coast High School Chorus is "One Family, One Song".
The First Coast High Marching Buccaneers is the premier traditional styled marching band in duval county.The Director of Bands is Mr. Kenneth Solomon who was the former band director at Jean Ribault Middle school. First Coast has been rated "best band in duval".