Daytona Beach schools have a reputation for excellence, innovation and a commitment to high quality education. Public primary and secondary education in Daytona Beach is handled by Volusia County Schools. The city of Daytona Beach has two public traditional high schools, two middle schools and six elementary schools. There are also several private schools, such as the large Father Lopez Catholic High School. Four colleges/universities are also located in Daytona Beach. Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Mainland High School is another high school, and was the first public school in Daytona. Today, it contains grades nine through twelve and is attended by 1,979 students.

Brief history of Mainland High School:
Originally started in 1872 as a school for all ages, it was known as the Daytona Public School. It wasn’t in a permanent structure, but in a log cabin that was moved several times. A wood-frame structure was built in 1874 to house the school and in 1910, the school moved to another building until 1925. In 1926, the school moved to yet another campus on Third Avenue in Daytona Beach and the name was changed to Mainland High School. It stayed here until 1962, when the school was moved yet again to the intersection of International Speedway Boulevard and Clyde Morris Boulevard. The design of the school was unique, in that it was spread out into long buildings in a row, with open hallways. This helped increase natural air flow from the ocean, as the school did not have air conditioning until the 1980s. This school was in use until 2006, when the current school was built. The new Mainland High School faces International Speedway Boulevard and the design is more centralized, with the five main buildings centered around a large courtyard (as air-conditioning was no longer a concern.)

The following college and universities are also located in Daytona Beach
Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona State College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach Campus


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