Frank W. Cox High School

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Frank W. Cox High School
Frank W. Cox High School (logo).png
2425 Shorehaven Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
United States
School type Public, high school
Motto Dedicated to Excellence
Founded 1961
School district Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence
Principal Dr. Michael D. Kelly
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,771[1] (2017-18)
Color(s)                Forest Green, Gold, and Silver
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
Mascot Falcons
Rival First Colonial High School[2]
Communities served Broad Bay Colony, Church Point
The current building of Frank W. Cox High School

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 Michael D. Kelly.


  • Dr. Michael D. Kelly – Principal
  • Ryan Schubart – Assistant Principal
  • Dana Cho – Assistant Principal
  • Teesha Sanders – Assistant Principal
  • Ana Cingel - Assistant Principal
  • Jessica Horning – Student Activities Coordinator
  • Susan Sigler - School Counseling Department Chair
  • M. Paul Leon - School Improvement Specialist

Academic and athletic honors[edit]

Frank W. Cox has an academically advanced student body with an 80% annual passing rate on Advanced Placement Tests, with two out of three graduating students passing with an advanced diploma. 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 2018.

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.[3]

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. The school no longer hosts WorldQuest, however.

Cox is one of five Virginia Beach high schools ranked in the top 2600 in Newsweek's 2006 ranking of American high schools.[4]

Music honors[edit]

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 USBANDS group III open Virginia state championships, and the 2015 USBANDS Group 3 State Championships. In addition, they received 7th place at nationals with their show entitled "The Mission".

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Todd Schnitt - longtime nationally syndicated radio personality

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank W. Cox High". Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "About Our School". First Colonial High School. Retrieved 26 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "About Frank W. Cox High School". Cox High School. Retrieved 15 June 2006. 
  4. ^ "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools". What Makes a High School Great?. Newsweek. 2006. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2006. 
  5. ^ Frankenberry, Jami (June 20, 2009). "Chris Taylor, All-Tidewater baseball player of the year | |". Retrieved January 16, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 36°53′13.7″N 76°3′6.8″W / 36.887139°N 76.051889°W / 36.887139; -76.051889