James S. Rickards High School
|James S. Rickards High School|
|Tallahassee, Florida, United States|
|Type||Public coeducational secondary|
|Motto||New heights and rising!|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
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.
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. This was down from 2008 and 2007, when the school earned a C.
Achievements in mathematics
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.
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.
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.
Rickards has a multitude of clubs and after school activities. Some other clubs include:
- Rickards Scientific Society (RSS)
- Peace Jam/Peace Alliance
- International Thespian Society / Drama Club
- National Junior Classical League (NJCL)
- Yearbook Club
- ITV Club
- Brain Bowl
- Junior Engineering Technical Society
- Chess Club
- National Honor Society
- Key Club
- Student Government Association
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Model United Nations
- French Club
- Greek Club
- Spanish Club
- Spanish National Honor Society
- Salsa Club
- Gospel Choir
- 21st Century (Before and After School program)
- Black History Brain Bowl
- Reading Raiders Book Club
- Art Club
- Garden Club
- Science Olympiad
- Florida Politician- State Representative Alan Williams
- Singer/Rapper T-Pain
- COO of USA Gymnastics Ron Galimore
- International Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion Travis Walker
- Professional Football Player Corey Fuller
- Professional Football Player Kolby Smith: Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs
- Professional Football Player William Gay – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Rapper, activist, and author stic.man of dead prez
- Professional Football Player Kent Richardson
- Professional Football Player (Burgess Owens) Class of 1969, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders
- Physical Therapist Kahari T. Wood 
- "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"
- "Location Map." (for Alumni Village) Florida State University. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
- "Leon County High School Zoning." Leon County Schools. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
- Official site
- Alumni site
- Rickards Scientific Society Facebook
- Rickards High School Self-Evaluation and Statistics (SACS Report)[dead link]