The Virginia Beach Technical & Career Education Center (Tech Center, 2925 N Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house reunion on Wednesday, March 29, from 6-8 p.m., for all students and staff both past and present. The Tech Center opened its doors in September 1972 to provide career-training opportunities for students in grades 11 and 12. Over the past 50 years, the Tech Center has maintained focus on career preparation and employability for its students and continues to evolve to meet the demands of the ever-changing workforce. Having served more than 40,000 students, the Tech Center currently has 682 students enrolled in programs for the 2022-23 school year.
Frank W. Cox High School, founded in 1961, was named after our former superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools who served from 1933 to 1968. The school was originally designed to be Northeast Junior High School and consisted of 1,600 eighth and ninth graders. On June 11, 1965, the first senior class graduated. The present Cox High school building opened in the fall of 1983. The original building now houses Great Neck Middle School.
Frank W. Cox High was the first fully accredited high school in the area and has met full accreditation standards since with pass rates exceeding 90% on several of the state's twelve end-of-course, subject-area tests. Cox students have better than an 80% pass rate annually on Advanced Placement tests. Two of three diplomas awarded are Advanced Diplomas which require a more rigorous program of studies.
The coveted Virginia High School League Wachovia Cup for outstanding academic and athletic achievement has been awarded to the school more than any other school in the state (twelve times). The school has won 56 state athletic titles over all. Blue ribbon awards were also conferred on our music program, student newspaper, and student yearbook.