A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology

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A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology
A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology School, Jacksonville (emblem).png
Type Magnet School
Established 1977
Principal Robert Lewis
Administrative staff
Students 900, approx.
Location Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Green & Gold
Nickname Randolph or APR
Mascot Jaguars
Website http://www.duvalschools.org/aprtech

A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology, also known as Randolph Skill Center High School and formerly known as Northside Skills Center, is one of twelve high schools in Jacksonville, Florida (of nineteen in the Duval County Public Schools network) to offer the advanced curriculum and skills training of Duval County's MAGNET programs. It was the first of three skill centers to be built in Jacksonville for the sole purpose of teaching trades (along with Westside Skills Center and Southside Skills Center, now known as Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology and Southside Middle School, respectively) before being converted to academic use in 1997.


The school was named in honor of A. Philip Randolph, an African-American labor movement and civil rights leader, during a standing-room-only dedication ceremony in 1980 in which Reverend Jesse Jackson was the keynote speaker. While his namesake was included in the full name of the school, it was not common to refer to the school by his name (but instead "Northside Skills Center") until its reappropriation.

Academic programs[edit]

Information technology (computer science)[edit]

The highest level of the building in the center is focused for this particular subject. The list included web design, presentation, along with programming and maintenance of computer systems to name a few.


Students get hands on experience with tools and they are taught how to practice safety and are taught to saw, nail, soft and hard sauter, arc welding etc. The can get their 10-hour online osha certificate which the student can go to on a job site show the construction manager and start working. They can also earn various other certificates from passing different tests that they take after reading chapters in the construction textbooks.

Brick masonry[edit]

Students get hands-on experience with tools and are taught safety with on-the-job training. They will learn the history behind how clay and shale brick is made and how its importance of the learning how graph plans. Also taught to make concrete mortar used in all Brick and block buildings, also to be an artist to create their own designs (draw plans) to construct their own brick projects and in three years of training, one would receive an apprentice brick masonry degree and also will have a trade that will always have use in the world.


Health Science[edit]

Criminal Justice[edit]

Fire and Rescue[edit]

APR has partnered with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, to create the Fire and Rescue Career Academy. Students are prepared for a career in firefighting and/or Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Students can earn CPR Certification, First Responders Certification, Emergency Medical Technician Certification (EMT), Firefighter 1 Certification and college credits. This class is run by Mr. Alonza Bronner; who was the second African American firefighter in Jacksonville Florida.

Other programs[edit]

The school does have child care for teenage mothers.

Many of the programs that were once featured at APR (or NSS before it, programs including automotive and communications) were dissembled and re-established at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, what most consider to be APR's "brother school" in Jacksonville.

Sports and extracurricular activities[edit]

There are no sports activities at A. Philip Randolph, but there are extracurricular activities such as: Anime Club, Bible Study, Gentlemen of Randolph, Ladies of Randolph and a High School National Honours Society Scholarship Scheduled Meetings, and Student Council.

HOSA for the health academy

BPA for IT

Advanced-placement curriculum[edit]

The school currently offers 11 Advanced Placement courses

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sheldon Davis, a rapper known as "Nat," known for his 2001 song Fire in Florida


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°22′04″N 81°40′37″W / 30.367865°N 81.676915°W / 30.367865; -81.676915