rickards high school

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It’s been 18 years since the worst terrorist attack in U.S. History brought down the Twin Towers in New York City. Rickards High School Teacher Alejando Zapata was in the 7th grade and living in Queens when the towers fell. 


While a new law allows Florida schools to arm their teachers, the Leon County School Board has unanimously approved a resolution stating they won’t be doing that in their school district.

Rickards High School and Fairview Middle are set to undergo major changes. It's something Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna says is long overdue. Meanwhile, other schools, mostly located in the Northeast, are getting crowded.

A new health center at Rickards High School will open Monday after a nearly two month delay. The clinic was supposed to open in April but was delayed due to parking issues.

District Superintendent Jackie Pons and City Commissioner Gil Ziffer meet to discuss a proposed community school.
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Rickards High School is expanding its services to include a medical center and food pantry, and more programs could be on the way.  A committee led by city Commissioner Gil Ziffer met Wednesday with Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons.

Local officers, school district representatives at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a healthcare center at Rickards High School, Feb. 2016
Ashley Tressel / WFSU News

A healthcare clinic that was supposed to open at Rickards High School is past due. But district administrators say they’ve got everything they need, and the office should open this Summer.

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Leon County Schools

The Florida Department of Education has rejected the Leon County School District’s request to build a new high school.  Numbers show most of the district’s schools are not at capacity.

Leon school and health officials discuss the launch of a new health center at Rickards High School (Feb. 2016)
Ashley Tressel / WFSU News

The Leon County School District is opening a new health center at Rickards High School. The district has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center to provide healthcare for Southside families and students.

Leon County Schools Awaiting an 'OK' for New High School

Jul 29, 2015

The Leon County School District is waiting on approval from the Department of Education to move forward with plan to construct a new high school. 

Nick Evans

Update 5/15/2015 3:10 pm:

On Tuesday WFSU reported the Rickards High School Marching Band had been invited to the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  That was incorrect, but Band Leader Zachery Nealy says the Rickards Raiders have still been invited to a prestigious parade. 

“The crosshairs got mixed up,” Nealy says, “And so, no, it’s not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as I’ve been advised to say, it’s not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  It is the McDonalds Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

411 Teen: Asthma

Mar 4, 2014

Dr. Ron Saff, from Allergy & Asthma Diagnostic Treatment Center, talks with students from the Millicent Holifield Academy of Health Sciences at Rickards High School about asthma: etiology, treatment and prevention, and allergies. Host: Dr. Liz Holifield.

Original airdate: March 2, 2014

411 Teen: Rickards on Health

Jan 15, 2014

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents.  This week, Dr. Liz sits down with students from Rickards High School to discuss their Academy of Health Sciences.