Cox Mill High School

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Cox Mill High School
1355 Cox Mill Rd
Concord, North Carolina 28027
School type Public school
Established 2009
School district Cabarrus County Schools
Principal Todd Smith
Enrollment 1400
Color(s) Purple, teal, and black
Athletics conference South Piedmont 3A
Nickname Chargers

Northwest Cabarrus

Jay M. Robinson Hickory Ridge High School

Cox Mill High School is a comprehensive public high school in Concord, North Carolina. It opened with grades 9–11 on August 25, 2009, and graduated its first senior class on June 11, 2011.


In 2006, Cabarrus County officials began looking for land in the western portion of the county for a high school that would alleviate the overcrowding at Northwest Cabarrus High School and Jay M. Robinson High School. Land was found in the burgeoning Cox Mill area of Concord, near the Odell Community, approximately three miles from the Mecklenburg County line.

On October 8, 2007, the name "Cox Mill High School" was chosen by the Cabarrus County Board of Education over other candidates including "Odell High School", "West Winds High School", and "Bernie Edwards High School" (in honor of the longtime Northwest Cabarrus football coach and Concord mayor). Cabarrus schools superintendent Harold Winkler's name was also considered by the board, but Winkler himself asked that it be removed from consideration.[1]

On March 21, 2008, Robinson High School principal Todd Smith was named the principal of Cox Mill High School. In October 2008, the school announced that its official mascot would be called the Cox Mill Chargers. Cox Mill's assistant principals are Julia Erdie, Mark Lowry and Rebecca Gala. Johnathan Tyler was named Cabarrus County Schools Principal of the Year for the 2010–2011 school year.


In its first year, Cox Mill High School was awarded with the title of a School of Excellence. The designation of School of Excellence is achieved if a school has at least 90% of their students performing at or above a Level 3 on end-of-course testing.[citation needed]


The Spirit of Cox Mill band program was established by Joseph Earp in 2009. It consists of concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching band. The band also participates in a pit orchestra for the theater department's musicals every spring. The program has earned numerous achievements ranging from superior ratings at MPA and being awarded grand champion at marching band competitions. In 2015, the band traveled to Walt Disney World to compete.[citation needed]


Cox Mill's first year of athletics looked promising.[according to whom?] Though not winning many games, the Chargers football team improved tremendously. The swim team also excelled, taking third in conference and sending many kids to regionals and states. The women's tennis team was undefeated. In the 2010–2011 year, all sports teams improved, including the football team winning 7 games and making the playoffs.[citation needed]

In 2011, Cox Mill's women's soccer team earned the school's first-ever conference championship in any sport, sharing the South Piedmont Conference title with Jay M. Robinson. The Chargers finished the regular season with an 18-3-1 record (13–1 in conference play) and earned the school's second NCHSAA playoff berth in as many years. The 2011–2012 wrestling coach was Jimmy Meyers. In 2012, the men's junior varsity basketball team were undefeated.[citation needed] In 2013, the men's varsity basketball team won the SPC Championship against the Concord Spiders 7-4. Also, in 2014, the men's varsity basketball team won the SPC Championship.[citation needed]


The middle school that feeds into Cox Mill High School is Harris Road Middle School, located in Concord, North Carolina. Odell Elementary School feeds directly into Cox Mill, while Charles E. Boger Elementary and Carl A. Furr Elementary split with Northwest Cabarrus Middle School and Harold E. Winkler Middle School respectively.


Coordinates: 35°23′42″N 80°43′49″W / 35.3949232°N 80.7302935°W / 35.3949232; -80.7302935