Lawrence Coco named new head of school at Jackson Prep

Lawrence Coco was recently named as its next head of school for Jackson Prep. Coco has been actively involved at Prep since graduating from the University of Mississippi. He has worn many different hats at Prep and brings a unique institutional knowledge and diverse skillset to the position.

Current Interim Head of School Denny Britt said, “I am thrilled with the board’s selection of Lawrence as our next head of school. I have worked with him in numerous capacities over the years, and I am looking forward to working with him on a professional level.”

In September of last year, with the assistance of an executive search firm, the head of school search committee and faculty advisory committee embarked on a national search for the next position.

“Throughout the process, we met several very qualified candidates from around the country, but we were always drawn back to Lawrence and his passion for Jackson Prep,” said Will Walker, chair of the search committee.

Coco was graduated from Prep in 1992. He attended the University of Mississippi where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, double majoring in English and history. After graduation, he worked at Prep as an American literature and history teacher, assistant high school principal, and football and track coach. He then received his juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 2001 where he finished fourth in his class of 123. He practiced law in Mississippi from 2001 to the present.


Coco will leave his law practice McCraney, Coco & Lee, PLLC to take on the role. He and his wife, Rebecca (Thomas – Jackson Prep Class of 1992) have been married for 19 years and have three children – Mary Robinson (eighth-grade at Prep), Thomas (fifth-grade at First Presbyterian Day School) and, Edward (first-grade at First Presbyterian Day School). The Cocos are lifelong members of St. Richard Catholic Church.


Robert H. Watson will receive Mississippi College’s Award of Excellence at the university’s 2018 homecoming.

Activities include an October 26 awards banquet at Anderson Hall.