Cocoa High School

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Cocoa High School
Cocoa High School entrance Brevard County FL 2023-02-18 17-35-00.jpg
2000 Tiger Trail


United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 28°22′57.28″N 80°46′7.97″W / 28.3825778°N 80.7688806°W / 28.3825778; -80.7688806
TypePublic junior/senior high school
EstablishedJune 15, 1917
School districtBrevard Public Schools
PrincipalC. Stewart
Staff89.00 (FTE)[1]
Number of students1,576 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.71[1]
WebsiteCocoa high school homepage

Cocoa High School is high school located in Cocoa, Florida, and is part of the Brevard Public Schools District. The principal is Ms. Stewart .[2]


Cocoa High was constructed in 1917. It was a two-story reinforced concrete building on Willard Street, next to Forrest Park Complex. It contained grades 7-12. Seven years later, in 1925, a new three-story building was built on Forrest Avenue.[3]

On September 2, 1952, Cocoa High School opened its new school building for grades 7-12 on Rockledge Avenue, the present site of Rockledge High. The building on Forrest Avenue became the Junior High for grades 7-8th grades. In 1959 grades 7-8 were moved to a middle school. The Forrest Avenue building was used by the then-new Brevard Jr. College, founded in 1959, for two years. In 1966 the school hired its first Black staff member Dr. Joe Lee Smith as Assistant Principal.

In 1970 a school was built at the present site on Rosetine Street (Tiger Trail). There were 18 separate buildings housing grades 9-12. The part of Rosetine Street bordering the Cocoa High campus was renamed "Tiger Trail" in honor of the school's mascot.[citation needed] In the 1974-75 school year, the School Board appointed its first woman to a high school principalship: Ruth Anderson to Cocoa High. In the 1978-79 school year the School Board appointed its first Black person to a Principalship: Richard "Dick" Blake to Cocoa High.[citation needed]

In 2010, the football team played three out-of-state games in an effort to be nationally ranked.[4] In September 2010, the school was ranked 12th in the nation.[5] It also set a county record for number of consecutive football victories: 31.[6]

In October 2008, the football team lost a game to another Brevard County team. It would be another nine years before Rockledge High School beat Cocoa in the local BBQ Bowl District Champions football game in October 2017.[citation needed]


The school campus contains 25 single-story buildings located on Tiger Trail, in Cocoa, Florida. [7] [8] A 1,000-seat auditorium was built in 2010.[9]


Cocoa High School stadium, Brevard County, FL

Cocoa High was the first High School in the County to win an FHSAA State Championship in any sport, winning the Class "A" State Boys Basketball Championship in 1960. The team finished #1 in the State and had a 29-1 record. The school was also the County's first High School to win a Girl's FHSAA State Championship in any sport winning the Class "AAA" Girls State Basketball Championship in 1978. Coach James Rowe's 2009 Boys Basketball Team won the school's second Basketball Championship winning the Class "AAA" Championship in 2009.[citation needed]

Its primary athletic rival is Rockledge High School.[10]


The school offers students the following activities:

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) controversy[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.[11]

In 2007, the school scored a "D" based on the standardized testing for the year, the lowest score in the district.[12] 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.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  12. ^ Downs, Megan (March 16, 2008). School aims to succeed. Florida Today.
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  14. ^ "Bob Anderson". Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
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