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James S. Rickards High School

James S. Rickards High School
New heights and rising!
3013 Jim Lee Road
Tallahassee, Florida, 32301
United States
Type Public coeducational high school
Established 1960
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.

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, is zoned to Rickards High School.[1][2][3]


  • School performance 1
    • Achievements in mathematics 1.1
  • Band 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Other clubs 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

School performance

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 down from 2008 and 2007, when the school earned a C. In 2010, Rickards improved to an "A" as its school performance grade for the first time in its history. The celebration was accompanied by a pep rally.[5][6]

Achievements in mathematics

The members of the Rickards Math Team have also participated in other 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 Rickards Math Team has also produced multiple USAMO qualifiers and attendees to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. They were the runner-ups 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

Rickards has a multitude of clubs and after school activities, including Mu Alpha Theta and National Junior Classical League teams. Some other clubs include:

Notable alumni

  • Professional baseball player Mallex Smith of the Atlanta Braves.[15]


  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.
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  10. ^ "Tallahassee Magazine: Events, Food, Culture, Home and Style coverage for the Tallahassee Area". Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Travis Walker The Freight Train Makes a Stop in West Sacramento - - P4P Number 1". Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
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  13. ^ Phil Jean. "Corey Fuller Named Head Coach at East Gadsden". Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
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  15. ^ "Mallex Smith". 
  16. ^ "William Gay Bio - - Official Website of University of Louisville Athletics". Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
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External links

  • Official website
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