Jean Ribault High School

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Jean Ribault High School
Name

Jean Ribault High School

Address

3701 Winton Dr.

Town

Jacksonville, FL 32208

Established

1956

Type

Public secondary, Military magnet school

Religion

Secular

Students

Coeducational

Grades

9 to 12

District

Duval County Public Schools

Mascot

Mighty Trojans

Colors

Light Blue, White and Black

Yearbook

The Blue and White

Newspaper

The Trojan Tribune

Website

Link

Jean Ribault High School is a public high school on the Northside of Jacksonville, Florida. It is part of Duval County Public Schools.

History[edit]

Jean Ribault High School and William Raines High School have a unique rivalry and relationship that is based on their physical proximity, unusual for two public suburban high schools. In the era of de jure racial segregation, Ribault was built to serve a "whites-only" population in northwest Jacksonville that essentially disappeared in the 1970s as the area became predominantly African-American. Raines was constructed in 1965 to serve the African-American population.

Improvement[edit]

Ribault was one of 16 schools nation-wide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2007-2008 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jacksonville's Basketball Dynasty[edit]

The boys' basketball team has appeared in 80 tournament games (59 wins, 21 losses), with 14 consecutive tournament appearances (1991–2005), and 4 back-to-back state championship wins in 1989 and 1990 and then again in 1994 and 1995, and four state runner-up crowns in 1985, 1997, 1998 and 2005. The coach of the Ribault Trojans boys' basketball team was Bernard Wilkes. In March 2006, Wilkes died in his sleep after the boys basketball team's 50-44 final four loss to Jones HS (Orlando).

The Lady Trojans have enjoyed even more success holding the Florida state record for most consecutive wins at 101. In 2002 the Lady Trojans took the crown as the U.S.A. Today National Championship runner-up behind Lynwood High School in California. The Lady Trojans have appeared in 24 State tournaments (the most by any female basketball team in the state), resulting in 8 state championships (1988, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003) also a state record and one state runner-up crowns (1992), playing in 79 State tournament games (63 wins and 16 losses). Their 63 tournament wins is also a state record. From 1999-2003 the Lady Trojans Basketball Team were five time State Champions (also a state record for most consecutive championships).

The outgoing principal of Ribault High School is Dr. James Young. The school plays the Northwest Classic Football Game against rival William M. Raines High School each year.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°23′24″N 81°42′29″W / 30.390038°N 81.707931°W / 30.390038; -81.707931