Venice High School (Venice, Florida)

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Venice High School
1 Indian Avenue
Venice, Florida 34285
United States
Type Public high school
Motto Home of the Indians
Established 1950
Principal Eric Jackson
Campus Urban
Color(s) Green      White     
Mascot The Indian Venice High School (Venice, Florida) (logo).jpg

Venice High School is a secondary school located in Venice, Florida which educates students in grades 9-12.


Venice High School was built in the late 1940s. A new music suite housing the chorus and band was added; the new indoor campus as well as a city-mandated performing arts center were completed in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

In 2006 Venice High School was named an "A" school by the Florida Department of Education. In 2007 the school missed the 525 points needed for an"A" grade by 4 points receiving a score of 521 to earn a "B" grade.[2] The school has increased its graduation rate from 63.9% in 1999 to 84.7% in 2007. Its dropout rate is 1.6%.

Venice is known for its athletics programs, including state championships in volleyball (1998, 2005, 2012, 2014) and baseball (2007, 2012, 2013, 2015). Venice's football program, coached by John Peacock, has been recognized as one of the best teams in the state, making several state championship appearances since their one and only state championship win in 2000 (7th in nation).

Venice High School is a community-oriented school that boasts a student body of more than 2000 students with a 70-acre campus located on the island of Venice.


Featured programs include Career Technical Education: PC Support, Health Options, Digital Design, Early Childhood, Culinary Arts, Engineering and Business Entrepreneurial pathways. In addition, VHS offers an extensive array of college- credit courses with more than 1300 enrollments in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. Both the Performing and Visual Arts programs are recognized for their excellence and are an integral part of our community. The MCJROTC program is a vital and well-respected part of our school and cadets demonstrate leadership throughout the area. Of course, all students are encouraged to be involved with more than 40 clubs available to choose.

Venice High School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program which is an academically focused curriculum for students ages sixteen to eighteen (grades 11 and 12) preparing to enter university. For students planning to enter most European and Commonwealth universities, the IB Diploma is usually the only guarantee for university admission available to international students. For American universities, successful participation in IB courses can promote university acceptance, while successful completion of IB exams can lead to university course credit and/or advanced university placement. The IB programme is structured to accommodate every motivated, sincere and serious student.

Unique to Venice High School is the Rotary Futures Program which assists students with postsecondary planning, college applications, and scholarship acquisition. This program has obtained millions of scholarship dollars for Venice High School seniors.

An annual Literacy Celebration which is held in January in partnership with the Gulf Coast Foundation of Venice. Noted authors and Pulitzer Prize winners Tim O’Brien, Rich Bragg, and Alice Hoffman are among the featured guests. These authors conduct student presentations and workshops prior to the evening event.

Venice High School has an Executive Internship program that supplements the existing curriculum by providing community internships. It is a practical introduction to the work environment through direct contact with professions in our community. Students apply textbook learning, leadership skills, and understanding in challenging and creative professional areas.

VHS has more than 65 community mentors/employers including Medical doctors, nursing, veterinarians, radiology, engineering, a variety of businesses, accounting, culinary, tourism and many more.

Student body[edit]

As of 2016, the school principal is Eric Jackson, a former administrator at Riverview High School. Venice High School enrolls over 2,000 students annually, in contrast to the state average of 750 for K12 schools. Of those in attendance in 2005, 95% of the student body is Caucasian, 2% Hispanic, and 1% Asian and 1% African American. The school also has a significantly lower percentage of students eligible for the free or reduced lunch program compared to the state, 18% compared to 45.4%.[3]

Competitive Teams[edit]

Academic Olympics: Venice High School's Academic Olympics Team competes in the county and contributes to the Sarasota County All Star Team for the Commissioner's Academic Challenge (CAC) at the state state level. The team most recently won the county championship in 2017.

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 27°05′36″N 82°26′24″W / 27.093389°N 82.4400964°W / 27.093389; -82.4400964