James S. Rickards High School

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James S. Rickards High School
3013 Jim Lee Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
United States
Coordinates 30°24′26″N 84°15′46″W / 30.40724°N 84.26269°W / 30.40724; -84.26269Coordinates: 30°24′26″N 84°15′46″W / 30.40724°N 84.26269°W / 30.40724; -84.26269
Type Public coeducational high school
Motto New heights and rising!
Established 1960
School district Leon County Schools
Principal Douglas Cook
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1249
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Team name Raiders

James S. Rickards High School is a public high school in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a part of Leon County Schools.

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 racial connotations of the term "redskin". The school colors are blue and gold.

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

School performance[edit]

In 2009, Rickards earned a "D" as its school performance grade, making it the second-lowest ranking high school in the district.[4] This was lower than in 2008 and 2007, when the school had earned "C"s. In 2010, Rickards earned an "A" as its school performance grade for the first time. The celebration was accompanied by a pep rally.[5][6]


James S. Rickards High School annually puts on a multicultural show called Pangaea. In previous years, the show has grown more and more successful. Taking advantage of the various talents and cultures at the school, Pangaea is a completely student-run event showcasing song, dance, and fashion from around the world. The show is accompanied by an international dinner, put on by the Model United Nations team.

Achievements in mathematics[edit]

The members of the Rickards Math Team have participated in national mathematics competitions such as the American Mathematics Competition, 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 members of Rickards' Math Team have served as the captains of the state math teams that competed at ARML, HMMT, and PUMaC. The Math Team has also produced multiple USAMO qualifiers and attendees to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. They were the runners-up at the 2010 National Mu Alpha Theta Convention in Washington, D.C.[7][8]


James S. Rickards High has a marching band known for their high-stepping style, or "90 degree marching", with over 100 members including auxiliary. 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 band appeared as a cameo in the 2008 HBO movie Recount.[9]


Other clubs[edit]

Rickards has a multitude of clubs and after school activities, including Model United Nations and National Junior Classical League teams. Other clubs include:

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Alumni Village Community Standards and Expectations Handbook Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.." Florida State University. Retrieved on August 15, 2011. "Tallahassee and Alumni Village are served by the Leon County Public School System"
  2. ^ "Location Map Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.." (for Alumni Village) Florida State University. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Leon County High School Zoning Archived May 18, 2014, at WebCite." Leon County Schools. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.leonschools.net/newLCShomeFiles/curric_Instruc_Files/testing_assessment/2010_2011_files/High_School_Grades_2008-2010_Final.pdf
  5. ^ http://listserv.leon.k12.fl.us/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1012&L=rickards-parents&T=0&F=l&S=&P=351
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  7. ^ http://www.rickards.leon.k12.fl.us/Images1/newspaper%20articles/MuAlphaTheta%20article.jpg
  8. ^ "InMotion Hosting". rickardsmao.org. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.rickards.leon.k12.fl.us/Information/Band%20in%20Movie.pdf
  10. ^ Phil Jean. "Corey Fuller Named Head Coach at East Gadsden". wctv.tv. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "William Gay Bio - GoCards.com - Official Website of University of Louisville Athletics". uoflsports.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs: Kolby Smith". kcchiefs.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mallex Smith". 
  14. ^ http://barney.gonzaga.edu/~dlong/deadprez.html
  15. ^ "Tallahassee Magazine: Events, Food, Culture, Home and Style coverage for the Tallahassee Area". tallahasseemagazine.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Travis Walker The Freight Train Makes a Stop in West Sacramento - Pound4Pound.com - P4P Number 1". pound4pound.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ http://tallahasseemagazine.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=673

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