Gulf Coast High School

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Coordinates: 26°16′17″N 81°42′26″W / 26.271487°N 81.707289°W / 26.271487; -81.707289

Gulf Coast High School
Gch-logo.jpg
Location
7878 Shark Way
Naples, FL 34119

United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1998
Principal Joseph Mikulski
Faculty 135
Enrollment approx. 2000
Color(s) Silver, Teal and Black
Mascot Shark
Website

Gulf Coast High School is a public, secondary education school located in northern Collier County, Florida about 15 miles from Naples, and is the largest of nine public Collier County high schools.[1] Gulf Coast High School is part of the District School Board of Collier County.[2]

Gulf Coast High School opened for the first time in August 1998, and is also the biggest high school in all of Collier County.[3] The total cost of the project was 44.5 million dollars.[3]

Academics[edit]

National Merit[edit]

Gulf Coast High School has had several students in the past few years place as National Merit Scholarship Finalists.[citation needed]

Students recognized by National Merit Corp. [4]
School Year Finalists Semi-Finalists Commended
2004–2005 1 1 6
2005–2006 5 6 5
2006–2007 1 1 6
2007–2008 5 6 7
2008–2009 1 1 11

Average Standardized Test Scores[edit]

SAT, ACT and AP Scores for Gulf Coast High School [4] [5] [6] [7]
School Year SAT Verbal SAT Math SAT Writing*# ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math ACT Reading ACT Science AP Test Mean AP % 3 or above
2001–2002 498 508 - 20.4 20 20.4 20.5 20.3 3.22 71
2002–2003 493 506 - 20.7 20 21 21 20.6 3.34 77
2003–2004 500 514 - 21.1 20.2 21.5 21.2 20.9 3.1 67
2004–2005 498 505 - 21.1 20.2 21.1 21.7 21.1 2.9 61
2005–2006 496 508 503 21.9 - - - - 2.75 53
2006–2007 498 508 490 21.2 - - - - 2.85 59
2007–2008 498 516 - 21.0 - - - - 3.12 69
2008–2009 509 509 - 21.7 - - - - 3.07 52

Athletics[edit]

Gulf Coast High School is one of the seven members of the Collier County Athletic Conference and also belongs to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).[citation needed] The school offers the following athletic programs.[8]

Fall sports[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

Spring sports[edit]

Club Based Sports[edit]

The school lists some club sports that students can participate in. Lacrosse and Water Polo are specific to Gulf Coast.[9] The school also lists Cheerleading as one of their sports, however the FSHAA considers it a "Recognized Sport" and not a "Sanctioned Sport." [10]

Career academies[edit]

Gulf Coast High School is home to two different Career Academies. The goal of these programs is to help students that are interested in a certain career. Over the course of their high school education, students enrolled in the Academy take several classes relating to the Academy, some of which are classes specifically made for Academy Students.[citation needed]

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Academy[edit]

The Sports Marketing Academy has affiliated itself with the local Germain Arena.[citation needed] They put on shows and programs throughout the school year.

Medical Academy[edit]

The Medical Academy's goal is to prepare students to pursue a career in any medical field they may be interested in.

Engineering Academy[edit]

For prospective students looking into the engineering field.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Gulf Coast High School is home to many different extracurricular clubs. An accurate, up-to-date list is difficult to keep, as clubs are added and dropped as students graduate or lose interest. However, some of the notable clubs are:

Theatre[edit]

Gulf Coast High School is part of District Six thespians and is International Thespian Society Troupe number 5876. Each year the theatre troupe puts on four main events. First there is a main-stage, full length production. There is also either a musical or dinner theatre, and then there are two shows featuring events scheduled to appear in District competition including Evening Extraordinaire: A One Act affair, and A Dramatic Showcase (featuring Individual Events). Occasionally there are other shows that are produced every few years, including the Pratfalls comedy show which appeared for its third production in 2005, and a Night of Improv, which returned April 2006 after its successful debut in Pratfalls III. The troupe performs in The Performing Arts Hall of Gulf Coast High School, one of the largest auditoriums in the school district.[11]

The most recent District Competition took place January 2010. Pieces are rated in the following fashion: Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor. In 2006, for the first time in troupe history, one theatre student received the award for Best Overall Technical Theatre Piece for their Costume Design in the District 6 Competition. This piece was chosen by the judges as the best technical theatre entry out of all the high schools participating, and out of all sub-categories in Technical Theatre. In 2007, three students were chosen to represent District 6 in State Competition. One received the award for Best Overall Technical Theatre Piece for a scenic design in the District 6 Competition, and a duo received the award for the Best Overall Pantomime in the District 6 Competition.[12] In 2010, Gulf Coast High School received further acclaim after receiving straight superiors on their one-act play, and on three individual student's monologues. The students also participated at the Florida State Thespian Competition in Tampa, Florida back in April 2010.

Inventeam[edit]

In 2004, Gulf Coast High School was one of thirteen schools nation-wide that received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Inventeams Program. The program is part of the Lemelson-MIT program which endeavors to foster a spirit of research and invention in high schools nationwide through grants. The GCHS Inventeam's invention was a hybrid between an air ionizing system similar to the Ionic Breeze and a typical ceiling fan. The idea was that the ceiling fan would circulate the air around the room, and as the air flowed over the ionizing system it would be cleaned as well, providing multipurpose from an appliance standard in many households.[13]

Model United Nations[edit]

The GCHS Model United Nations team is one of the premier activities in Gulf Coast High School. Recently expanding its program in 2010, the team has since won delegation awards at Georgia Tech, Columbia, UCLA, Southwest Florida MUN, and Florida High School MUN, with numerous other delegate awards at other conferences. In Fall 2011, the team was ranked 10th in the nation, hardly a year after the expansion of its program.

Campus[edit]

Structure[edit]

Gulf Coast High School consists of 8 main buildings which enclose a courtyard which is 1/4 of a mile in size. Most of the building is on a single level, however Building 5, being the largest building, has classrooms on a second floor and the auditorium has a balcony on a second level. The school includes computer labs, a main gymnasium and an auxiliary gymnasium, a 3,000-seat football stadium, cafeteria, media center, TV Production Studio, darkrooms for photography, and an auditorium which is also home for the Opera of Naples.

  • Building 1: Administrative Offices
  • Building 2: Gymnasium
  • Building 3: P.E. Dept.
  • Building 4: Classrooms
  • Building 5: Classrooms
  • Building 6: Classrooms
  • Building 7: Cafeteria
  • Building 8: Auditorium; Music Classrooms

Demographics[edit]

The District School Board of Collier County Web Site updates each school's demographics daily. The update as of October 12, 2009 lists the school's demographics as follows:[14]

  • Male: 1045 (48.65%)
  • Female: 1103 (51.35%)

Students By Race

  • Caucasian: 1585 (73.79%)
  • African-American: 54 (2.51%)
  • Hispanic: 402 (18.72%)
  • Haitian: 17 (0.79%)
  • Asian: 44 (2.05%)
  • MultiRacial/Other: 42 (1.96%)
  • Indian: 4 (0.19%)

Notable alumni[edit]

Related links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Collier County Public Schools". Retrieved December 28, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Gulf Coast High School – Home of the Sharks". Retrieved December 28, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Planning high-tech high". Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "About GCHS" (PDF). Retrieved Feb 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2005-06 SAT Assessment Results" (PDF). 31 August 2006. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  6. ^ "2004-05 ACT Assessment Results" (PDF). 12 October 2005. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Advanced Placement Test Results 2005-2006" (PDF). 22 August 2006. Archived from the original on October 2, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Gulf Coast High School Athletics". Retrieved August 15, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Gulf Coast High School – Home of the Sharks". Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  10. ^ "FSHAA.org: Sports & Programs". Retrieved May 4, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Opera Naples". Archived from the original on May 24, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Google Cached Page: GCHS Student Announcements". Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Gulf Coast High School InvenTeam". Lemelson-MIT Program. 2005. Retrieved August 28, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Gulf Coast High School Demographics". Collier County Public Schools. Retrieved October 12, 2009.