Frank W. Cox High School
|Frank W. Cox High School|
Dedicated to Excellence
|2425 Shorehaven Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23454
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Virginia Beach City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Aaron C. Spence|
|Principal||Dr. Randi R. Riesbeck|
|Enrollment||1,924  (2008-09)|
|Color(s)||Forest Green, Gold, and Silver|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
|Rival||First Colonial High School|
|Communities served||Broad Bay Colony, Church Point|
Frank W. Cox High School is a secondary school located in the Great Neck subdivision of Virginia Beach, Virginia. It was founded in 1961 as the Northeast Junior High School, but upon opening, it was named after a former superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Frank Woodard Cox, who led the school division from 1933 to 1968. A replacement building, also designated as a primary hurricane shelter, was built nearby, at 2425 Shorehaven Drive. The high school was moved into the new building in the fall of 1983. The original building at 1848 N. Great Neck Road became Great Neck Junior High and then Great Neck Middle School. The original building was demolished in 2012.
The current administration at Cox includes former principal of Kemps Landing Magnet School and Lynnhaven Middle School, Dr. Randi R. "The Hammer" Riesbeck.
The current administration at Cox includes former principal of Kemps Landing Magnet School and Lynnhaven Middle School, Dr. Randi R. Riesbeck.
Dr. Randi R. Riesbeck - Principal
Mr. Cletus Griffin - Assistant Principal
Dr. Michael E. Sicignano - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Kellie A. Mason - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Christine Colden - Assistant Principal
Ms. Jessica Horning - Student Activities Coordinator
Mr. Robert Jamison - Guidance Director
Ms. Marianne Matson - School Improvement Specialist
Academic and Athletic honors
Frank W. Cox has an academically advanced student body with an 80% annual passing rate on Advanced Placement Tests. Also, two out of three diplomas awarded each year are advanced diplomas. The school has been recognized by major organizations such as Newsweek, which named the high school as a "top" public high school. As far as extracurricular activities go, Cox has an excellent array of sports teams to choose from. It has won 3 state athletic titles so far in the year 07-08 school year. Also, its music program, student newspaper, and student yearbook all won Blue ribbon awards in 2006.
The high school, which has won 35 state athletic titles, has been awarded the Virginia High School League Wachovia Cup for outstanding academic and athletic achievement eight out of 17 times, more than any other school.
Cox High School is also known for its ModelUN and World Affairs Clubs. Their WorldQuest team has won the regional WorldQuest competition (a competition in geopolitical knowledge, current events, and geography) more than any other school in Hampton Roads, most recently the 2011 WorldQuest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads.
Cox is one of five Virginia Beach high schools ranked in the top 2600 in Newsweek's 2006 ranking of American high schools.
The Wind Ensemble (higher band) at Cox has had all superiors at assessment except for one grade in sight reading, that they earned a 2(2012-13)
The school's marching band competed in the 2011 USSBA (now known as U.S. Bands) Group II open national championships, and placed 1st overall with a score of 95.738, with captions in visual performance, overall effect, and colorguard. The band is also a current three-time state championship program, winning the 2010 USSBA group I open Virginia state championships, as well as the 2011 USSBA group II open Virginia state championships,and the 2012 USBand's group III open Virginia state championships. The band competed in group III for the first time in Fall 2013, with their new show, entitled "The Social Network" by John Fannin. They received 7th place at nationals in the 2013 season.
- Felicia Barton - American Idol finalist
- Jason Dubois - baseball player
- Zachary Knighton - actor
- Genesis the Greykid aka Russ - poet, artist, creative
- Chris Taylor - baseball player
Jared MacEachern-Machine Head Bassist/Backing Vocals
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- "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools". What Makes a High School Great?. Newsweek. 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2006.
- Frankenberry, Jami (June 20, 2009). "Chris Taylor, All-Tidewater baseball player of the year | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved January 16, 2014.