Debate over controversial DCPS school names continues
The School Advisory Committee will create a shortlist of possible names on which the school community will vote. Our School Renaming Fund is open for anyone who wants to help offset the costs of renaming schools, following community input and the School Board’s final decision. A group of alumni from Lee High School are pushing to keep the school’s name, saying that Lee High has too much history to be renamed. That estimate was based on the costs associated with the 2014 renaming of Nathan B. Forrest High School to Westside High School, which was roughly $200,000. Although, district spokesperson Tracy Pierce told News4Jax that renaming a high school is much more expensive than a middle or elementary school.
America’s Navy looking for top Jacksonville students for $180,000 ROTC scholarships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Navy recruiting leadership will be here in Jacksonville to meet with high school students and administrators about the Navy’s scholarship, which pays full tuition for students who show exceptional academic and leadership credentials, as well as the wide range of STEM-related careers available in the Navy. On Friday, Nov. 20th, Navy leaders will be gathering at Edward H. White High School to meet with students virtually from at least 15 schools to discuss the scholarship program including:Jacksonville High SchoolBaldwin High SchoolEnglewood High SchoolPaxon School for Advanced StudiesSamuel W. Wolfson High SchoolWilliam M. Raines High SchoolJean Ribault High SchoolFirst Coast High SchoolMandarin High SchoolRobert E. Lee High SchoolTerry Parker High SchoolAndrew Jackson High SchoolSandalwood High SchoolWestside High School
Robert Williams honored as All-Star Athlete
Robert Williams is on the track and football teams at Jean Ribault High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is in Ribault’s Early College Program. Robert’s volunteer work includes attending food drives at St. Paul Baptist Church. Robert currently has a 4.3 G.P.A.
3 more Duval County school names under review
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board voted to add three more schools to the list of those being considered for a name change. Board member Ashley Smith-Juarez introduced a bill that would add Andrew Jackson High School, Jean Ribault High School and Jean Ribault Middle School to the list, bringing the total to nine. The Duval County School Board previously voted unanimously to begin the renaming process for six public schools whose names honor Confederate leaders: Joseph Finegan Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, Jefferson Davis Middle, Kirby-Smith Middle, J.E.B. According to the Duval County School Board, The Jacksonville Public Education Fund created the fund to allow community members to support public school renamings through tax-deductible donations. The fund would help offset the costs of renaming the six schools if the Duval County School Board approves new names.
Ribault head football coach removed from position
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ribault is changing football coaches two weeks before the regular season kicks off. Kelvin Smith was removed from his position with the Trojans following an internal investigation by Duval County Public Schools. The district said in a statement: Due to an ongoing internal investigation, the head varsity football coach at Jean Ribault High School has been removed from his position.Smith did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Smith was a longtime Ribault assistant before his promotion in December 2015 to replace Anthony Flynn. Smith was a linebacker at Ribault and went on to play at Florida State and later in the Canadian Football League.