Mainland High School

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Mainland High School
Mainland Coat of Arms.jpg
"Buc Pride Never Dies!"
1255 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3954
Daytona Beach, Florida
United States
Type Public High School
Established 1872
School district Volusia County School District
Principal Dr. Salerno
Number of students 1,980
Color(s) Blue & Gold         
Mascot Buccaneer

Mainland High School is a public high school located in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is attended by 1,979 students of grades nine through twelve.[1] The mascot is a Buccaneer and strongly resembles the old logo of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Daytona Public School[edit]

The original Daytona Public School, located on Palmetto Avenue.

The original school was known as Daytona Public School, and was not a permanent structure. Originally started in 1872 as a school for all grades, the school started off in a log cabin, moved several times, and then finally settled in the wood-frame building pictured on the right in 1874.[2] In 1910, the school was moved to a permanent building until 1925. It was during this time that the first sports program was started in 1912. This school served both junior and senior high school students. The mascot of the time was the Panther and the school colors were Silver and Blue.[3]

Daytona High School[edit]

In 1926, the school was moved to a new campus on Third Avenue. It had an initial enrollment of 400 students, but quickly expanded to near capacity. It is at this time that the mascot is changed to the Buccaneer and the school colors are changed to Blue and Gold. In 1946 the name was changed to the current school name. This campus lasted until 1962.[4]

Mainland High School[edit]

In 1962, the school was moved yet again to the current property of the school at the intersection of International Speedway Boulevard. and Clyde Morris Boulevard. Unlike the previous centralized designs, this school was spread out into long buildings in a row, with open hallways. This design was used to increase natural air flow from the ocean, as the school did not have air conditioning until the 1980s.[5] Some of the buildings were later expanded, and a few new buildings were added to accommodate for technology and demand for more classes. Portables were added behind the school to meet the demand for more classrooms. This school was in use until 2006.

"New Mainland"[edit]

The "new" Mainland High School, as viewed in the courtyard. This school finished construction in 2006

The current school, which now faces International Speedway Boulevard, was built by 2006.[6] As air conditioning was no longer a concern, the design went back to being centralized, with the five main buildings centered around a large courtyard. The improvement was aided by a $6 million gift from notable alumnus and professional basketball player Vince Carter.


Mainland and its predecessors have had many principals throughout its life, and they are listed below. [7]


  • M.W. Martin
  • Dennis
  • Burdom
  • I.H. DeWolff
  • Annie C. Hite
  • John B. Parkinson
  • M. Stewart
  • Lulu Foulke


  • J.L.Wright(1909–1913)
  • Mabel T. Rogers(1914–1915)
  • George W. Marks(1916)
  • Isabel Stuart Mays(1917)
  • Jerome F. Eastham(1918–1931)
  • McLalughlin(1932)
  • W. B. Treloar(1933)
  • John W. Turner(1934)
  • J. Broward Culpepper(1935–1936)
  • W. K. Jennings(1937–1939)
  • W. B. Treloar(1940–1945)
  • C. T. Welshinger(1946–1948)
  • Vincent P. McClintock(1948–1951)
  • C. T. Welshinger(1952–1970)
  • Jack Surrette(1971–1985)
  • Alex Robertson(1986–1987)
  • Mike Osborne(1987–1990)
  • Tim Huth(1991–1995)
  • Patricia Graham(1996–2007)
  • Cheryl Salerno(2007–present)


Mainland, like many other schools in Volusia County, has several "academies." Academies are special programs of study that focus a student's education on a specific subject. Mainland has five academies: the Academy of Science and Medicine, the Academy of Communications and Multimedia Technology (ACMT), the Academy of Drafting and Manufacturing Technology (ADMT), the Sports Science Academy (SSA), and the Academy of Simulation and Robotics (ASR). These academies entitle graduating students to a special diploma upon completion of the program.[citation needed]

Academy of Science & Medicine[edit]

ASM is Mainland's largest academy. It is the science and medicine academy. Students are required to take two extra math courses, five extra science courses, along with a computer science course prior to graduation.[8] Beginning with students that enter during the 2008–2009 School year, the name will gradually be phased to "ASM", or the Academy of Science and Medicine, with the engineering track being removed, and more emphasis being placed on the medical and environmental aspects of the scientific field.[citation needed]

Academy of Communications and Multimedia Technology[edit]

The Academy of Communications and Multimedia Technology focuses mainly on computer-related career subjects, such as digital design, network design and maintenance, web design, yearbook production, and television production.[9]

Academy of Design and Manufacturing Technology[edit]

The Academy of Design and Manufacturing Technology focuses on preparing students for a career in the fields of technology development, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, computer aided manufacturing, electronics, interior design, and construction.[citation needed]

This academy uses technology such as: Autodesk AutoCAD and Inventor Pro and milling and CNC machines.[citation needed]

Sports Science Academy[edit]

The Sports Science Academy covers everything in sports besides the athletics. This includes First Aid and medical care, athletic training, and sports administration.[10]

Academy of Simulation and Robotics[edit]

The Academy of Simulation and Robotics (ASR) debuted in the 2007-2008 school year. Students attracted to robotics, video game design and programming, and computer science can learn about these amazing fields and can develop the skills and knowledge needed to find jobs in the industry. Programming is taught using the Java programming language in computer science classes and Ruby (programming language) in game programming classes.[citation needed]

Sports and organizations[edit]

Mainland has several clubs and sports to choose from, which cover a wide variety of fields of interest.


Mainland currently has the following sports teams:


Mainland's organizations currently include the following:

(Note: this list does not include unregistered clubs, such as Chess Club, ISTF, or SECME.)


(see reference below) [11]

  • National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence:[12] 1983, 1991, 1996
  • Redbook Magazine's "Best Overall High School in Florida": 1992, 1996
  • Florida's Governors Council Award for Model Physical Fitness Program: 1995
  • Florida Five Star School, for outstanding business partnership and parent participation: 1995-1998
  • Internet Science and Technology Fair National Winners: 1999-2003, 2006-2011


  • U.S. Department of Education Technology Grant: 1997
  • New Millennium High School Grant: 2001
  • NCTM Edward G. Begle Grant: 2003-2005
  • Enhancing Education Through Technology Grants: 2003-2005

School Grades[13][edit]

  • 1998-1999 C
  • 1999-2000 C
  • 2000-2001 C
  • 2001-2002 C
  • 2002-2003 C
  • 2003-2004 C
  • 2004-2005 C
  • 2005-2006 C
  • 2006-2007 D
  • 2007-2008 C
  • 2008-2009 D
  • 2009-2010 D
  • 2010-2011 B
  • 2011-2012 C
  • 2012-2013 B
  • 2013-2014 C

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "FACTS06-07.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ Phillips, Lee (2006-10-04). "The Schools". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Lee (2006-10-04). "Daytona Public". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Lee (2006-10-04). "Daytona High". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Lee (2006-10-04). "Mainland 1". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  6. ^ Phillips, Lee (2006-10-04). "Mainland 2". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  7. ^ "The Principals". 2004-12-15. Retrieved 2007-02-11.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Mannix, Pam (2006-01-24). "Mainland High School - ASM". Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  9. ^ Colwell, Catherine (2005-12-06). "Mainland High School - ACMT". Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  10. ^ Pinyan, James (2006-01-26). "Mainland High School - SSA". Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  11. ^ "Mainland High School - Awards". 2005-03-10. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "How Failing at Exeter made a Success of George Plimpton," Phillips Exeter Academy Bulletin, Spring, 2002.

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Coordinates: 29°11′51″N 81°03′02″W / 29.197375°N 81.05061944°W / 29.197375; -81.05061944