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, bowling, basketball, softball, baseball, cheer leading, cross country, flag football (girls), golf, soccer and tennis.
Currently, we serve the students of the Tampa Bay area at our new 11-acre campus with approximately 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.
BDCHS has 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 mission statement is to provide a rigorous and relevant academic environment where both students and teachers achieve excellence through high expectations, collaboration and support.
BDCHS aligns our academic design with the College Board EXCELerator Schools model and concentrates on their five key components: implementation of a rigorous curriculum, extensive professional development, data driven teaching, learning and assessment programs, college planning and counseling, and developmental support.
The core curriculum is taught through college readiness programs, including Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses, enhanced by AVID instructional delivery, enforced using modified block scheduling, global and distance learning opportunities, is centered around community & service learning, and is continued throughout the year using Summer Bridge.
BDCHS Founders Derrick Brooks & Eddie DeBartolo
Derrick attending class at BDCHS
BDCHS Principal Kristine Bennett & Derrick Brooks