In 2005, NFL great Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family combined their charitable organizations, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. and the DeBartolo Family Foundation, to create Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS). Their goal was to open a school that would provide a quality education, similar to that of the numerous private schools in Tampa, but without the staggering price and to provide an opportunity for achievement to students who may otherwise not excel in a large classroom setting.
BDCHS became a reality in 2007, when the charter application was approved by the Hillsborough County School Board. The school officially opened its doors in August of 2007, becoming the only traditional charter high school in the Tampa Bay area. The inaugural student body consisted of 183 students in grades 9-11. Grade 12 was added the following year.
In 2008, BDCHS added athletics to its program. The school is now a full member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and is eligible to participate in the State Championship Series in Class 2A District 10. BDCHS offers several sports; including volleyball, girls’ and boys’ bowling, girls’ and boys’ basketball, softball, baseball, and boys’ soccer and next year we have added tennis, golf, and girls’ soccer. In three years of competition and only one year of post-season eligibility, the school has earned two Class 2A District 10 Runner-up trophies, as well as one Regional Championship and a State Finals appearance by the baseball team. The bowling team has won two consecutive District titles.
In its fourth year, BDCHS was among eight Hillsborough County public high schools and 140 schools statewide that received an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education. The school also graduated its first freshmen class in 2011, growing its alumni to more than 120 students. Many of these alumni were accepted to universities such as Howard University, Villanova University, University of Pittsburgh, the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, the University of Florida, and Florida State University.
Currently, we serve the students of the Tampa Bay area at our new 11 acre campus with 600 students enrolled and a growing waiting list.
We are proud to have earned another “A” grade from the state and to have been named “One of America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by the Washington Post.
This past year the school reached one if its greatest honors by being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.
Assisting students in their efforts to “complete the puzzle” of academic success is central to the mission of BDCHS.
The core curriculum is taught through college readiness programs, including Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses, enhanced by AVID instructional delivery, enforced through the use of modified block scheduling, global and distance learning opportunities, is centered around community & service learning, and is continued throughout the year using Summer Bridge.
Seated from left to right: Chad Chronister, David Mallitz, Principal Kristine Bennett, Derrick Brooks, Norma Matassini. Middle row from left to right: James Palermo, Valerie Panou, Mercedes Gonzalez-Hale, Joe Affronti, Maria Tudela, Dr. Cynthia Vasquez. Back row from left to right: Rich Lozada, Asa Scott, Areon Atkinson, Geza Henni, Barry Davis. Not pictured: Jim Henning, Bonita R. Pulido, Dr. Bonnie Salazar. Pictured 14-15 BOD
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10948 N. Central Ave
Tampa, FL 33612