James S. Rickards High School

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James S. Rickards High School
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Type Public coeducational secondary
Motto New heights and rising!
Established 1960
Principal Doug Cook
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1249
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Mascot Raiders
Rickards High School, aerial.

James S. Rickards High School is a public high school in Tallahassee, Florida. Rickards was ranked 49th in Newsweek's list of 1,000 top high schools in 2009.

Rickards has hosted an International Baccalaureate program since 1994, creating a culturally diverse mix of students and a varied ethnic focus. The school has many programs that demonstrate cultural diversity and equality, one of which focuses on traditional dance and clothes.

The school's mascot, originally the Rickards Redskins, was changed to the Rickards Raiders in 2000 because of controversy over the term redskin and its racial connotations. The school colors are blue and gold.

Rickards is notable for its award-winning Mu Alpha Theta and National Junior Classical League teams, as well as its marching band, which is heavily influenced by Florida A&M University's Marching "100" under the direction of Mr. Quincy Griffin.

Alumni Village, the designated Florida State University housing unit for FSU students with children, is zoned to Rickards High School.[1][2][3]

School performance[edit]

For 2010, Rickards earned an "A" as its school performance grade for the first time in its history. The celebration was accompanied by a pep rally.[4][5]

In 2009, however, Rickards earned a "D" as its school performance grade, making it the second-lowest ranking high school in the district, above Amos P. Godby High School.[6] This was down from 2008 and 2007, when the school earned a C.

Achievements in mathematics[edit]

The members of the Rickards Math Team have also participated in other national mathematics competitions such as the American Mathematics Competition (AMC – State and Regional Champions 2003–2007, 2nd Place Nationwide 2007), the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, the Princeton University Math Competition, the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, and the American Regions Math League. Three distinguished members of Rickards' Math Team have served as the captains of the state math teams that competed at ARML, HMMT, and PUMaC. The Rickards Math Team has also had a history of producing multiple USAMO qualifiers and attendees to the prestigious Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. Most recently, they were the runner-ups at the 2010 National Mu Alpha Theta Convention in Washington, D.C.[7][8]


James S. Rickards High currently has an above average marching band, known for their unique high-stepping style, or "90 degree marching". It currently has over 100 members including auxiliary. Under the direction of Mr. Quincy Griffin, former member of Florida A&M University's Marching "100", the band has reached new heights. The band's selection of music varies from popular tunes on the radio, to classic marching band tunes like S.O.S., and stand tunes like "A Tribute To Bob Marley" and "Backstabbers". The Tuba section is an FBA All-District band section. They performed at the Orange Bowl in Miami in 2007 and received thirteen trophies, and three plaques, winning all first place awards in the AA division. Due to those awards, they performed during the pre-game events at the Orange Bowl. The James S. Rickards Symphonic Band has also earned a Superior rating at district level FBA evaluation. The band appeared as a cameo in the movie "Recount", an HBO movie appearing in March 2008.[9]

They performed in Washington, D.C. for the National Independence Day Parade in 2009. Recently, the Marching Band was invited to perform in the Florida Classic Battle of the Bands.


Other clubs[edit]

Rickards has a multitude of clubs and after school activities. Some other clubs include:

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Alumni Village Community Standards and Expectations Handbook." Florida State University. Retrieved on August 15, 2011. "Tallahassee and Alumni Village are served by the Leon County Public School System"
  2. ^ "Location Map." (for Alumni Village) Florida State University. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Leon County High School Zoning." Leon County Schools. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
  4. ^ http://listserv.leon.k12.fl.us/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1012&L=rickards-parents&T=0&F=l&S=&P=351
  5. ^ http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/default.asp
  6. ^ http://www.leonschools.net/newLCShomeFiles/curric_Instruc_Files/testing_assessment/2010_2011_files/High_School_Grades_2008-2010_Final.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.rickards.leon.k12.fl.us/Images1/newspaper%20articles/MuAlphaTheta%20article.jpg
  8. ^ http://www.rickardsmao.org/index.php
  9. ^ http://www.rickards.leon.k12.fl.us/Information/Band%20in%20Movie.pdf
  10. ^ Tallahasseemagazine.com
  11. ^ http://www.pound4pound.com/FightReport/2007/WalkerStopsInSacramento.htm
  12. ^ http://tallahasseemagazine.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=673
  13. ^ http://www.wctv.tv/sports/headlines/90115512.html?storySection=story
  14. ^ http://www.kcchiefs.com/team/roster/Kolby-Smith/fe46d0c6-890f-49c1-94aa-e872436d9d99
  15. ^ http://www.uoflsports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gay_william00.html
  16. ^ http://barney.gonzaga.edu/~dlong/deadprez.html
  17. ^ https://touch.www.linkedin.com/?sessionid=8056805615730688&as=false&can=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fpub%252Fkahari-wood%252F58%252F795%252Fb92&rs=false#profile/204985694

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°24′26″N 84°15′46″W / 30.40724°N 84.26269°W / 30.40724; -84.26269