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DeLand High School

DeLand High School
800 North Hill Ave.
DeLand, Florida, 32724-3726
United States
Type Public High School
Established 1922
School district Volusia County School District
Principal Mitch Moyer
Faculty 188
Number of students 2,700
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Mascot Bulldog

DeLand High School is a public high school in DeLand, Florida established in 1922, with an enrollment of 3,616 students, a student/teacher ratio of 16.5, and a graduation rate above 90%.[1]


  • Special programs 1
    • International Baccalaureate 1.1
    • Engineering Academy 1.2
    • Construction Academy 1.3
  • Athletics 2
  • Chorus 3
  • Band 4
  • Air Force Junior ROTC 5
  • Controversies 6
  • School Grades 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Special programs

International Baccalaureate

DeLand High School has been an International Baccalaureate high school since the 1990s. The program is a rigorous academic program that prepares its students for college with the development of an international outlook.

Engineering Academy

DeLand High School hosts an Engineering Program where students take specific courses to train in the Engineering field. This academy includes AP courses in physics, principles of technology, electrical and mechanical Engineering as well as a manufacturing-based engineering courses.

The Academy also emphasizes on math, science, computer, and communication skills while giving students experiences with problem solving, logical sequencing, presentation skills and organizational skills.

Construction Academy

DeLand High School built a brand new facility for the Construction Academy that opened for the 2007 school year. Students will be able to learn the concepts of construction so they can go into the work field. The academy also provides an after school club open to all students who want to learn more about construction. This club, FCCMA (Future Carpenter and Cabinet Makers of America), strives to teach students the importance of teamwork and community service as well as carpentry, construction and proper safety precautions.


DeLand High School's athletic teams are known as the Bulldogs. The school colors are green and gold. The following varsity sports are offered at DeLand:[2]

  • Baseball (boys)
    • State champion - 1961[3]
  • Basketball (girls & boys)
    • Boys state champion - 1963[4]
    • Girls state champion - 1984[5]
  • Bowling (girls & boys)
    • Boys state champion - 2003, 2004[6]
    • Girls state champion - 2004, 2005, 2007[7]
  • Competitive cheer (girls)
  • Cross country (girls & boys)
  • Flag football (girls)
  • Football (boys)
  • Golf (girls & boys)
  • Soccer (girls & boys)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Swimming and diving (girls & boys)
  • Tennis (girls & boys)
  • Track and field (girls & boys)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Weightlifting (boys)
    • State champion - 1975-1978, 1983, 1991, 1993, 2005[8]
  • Wrestling (boys)


DeLand's chorus program performances include Disney's Candlelight, Winter Concerts, luncheons throughout Volusia County, district and state Music Performance Assessments (MPAs), and in-school performances, as well as many places they volunteer or are requested to sing at. They received the honor of performing for President Sirleaf of Liberia on her visit to DeLand High in May 2014 and they performed in Carnegie Hall in March 2015. The choral program at DeLand High School includes the General Chorus, Men's Ensemble, Voice Male, Dolce Voce, DeLand Singers, Advanced Women's Chorale, Chamber Women and Concert Choir. They also have a chorus council who helps the program to run smoothly.


DeLand's band, the Marching Bulldogs, performed at the Peach Bowl. In 2011, the band traveled to New York and performed a patriotic set on Ellis Island. The DHS band performs annually at every football game, three or four parades, at least six formal concerts including a chamber music showcase. The program consists of three concert bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band), a jazz band, percussion ensemble, FFCC winter guard, and many chamber groups including the double quintet Chamber Winds, Clarinet Choir, and Flute Choir.

Air Force Junior ROTC

Established in 1967, DeLand's unit designation (FL-023) signifies that they were the 23rd AFJROTC unit in Florida. 1967 was the first year for AFJROTC units in the country. Each year ROTC participates in many events including parades, Haunted House, Adopt A Road, and canned food and toy drives. ROTC offers many extracurricular activities including Model Rocket Club, Drill Team, Color Guard and Kitty Hawk Air Society.


In May 2002, 12 students super-glued stolen beehives within the school and also glued a large number of classroom and building doors shut. The school prank resulted in the release of a swarm of 80,000 bees. The students were suspended and later sentenced to perform community service. This prank was also the first to air on MTV's show "High School Stories: Scandals, Pranks & Controversies" receiving an hour-long special.[9][10]

On May 2, 1997, a DeLand High School teacher and coach, while teaching a class, pulled out a starting pistol and pointed it at a 15-year-old student after the boy talked back to him. The teacher was placed on leave. He resigned several weeks later. The State Attorney's Office decided not to file charges against the teacher, saying that the modified pistol doesn't fit the state's legal definition of a firearm. He was cleared to return to teaching a year after the incident.[11][12][13]

School Grades[14]

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

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Volusia County Schools Fact Sheet: 2006-2007
  2. ^ "Deland Bulldogs". C2C Schools LLC. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "BASEBALL 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "BOYS BASKETBALL 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 3. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "GIRLS BASKETBALL 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Boys bowling 2014-15 Championship records" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Girls bowling 2014-15 Championship records" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING 2014-15 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (pdf). FHSAA. p. 4. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Prank Closes School As 80,000 Bees Swarm Local, May 14, 2002
  10. ^ Kassab, Beth (8 June 2002). "Deland High Pranksters Won't Face Felony Charges". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ staff (7 May 1997). "Teacher on leave for pointing starter's pistol at student". Deseret News (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Horvitz, Lori (15 May 1997). "Starter-pistol Decision: No Charges". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Lelis, Ludmilla (7 May 1997). "Police: Starter Gun Put To Boy's Head". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Local Olympians -

External links

  • Official website
  • Public School Review profile
  • Marching Band website
  • Florida Department of Education School Grades
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