Trailblazers Inducted To Rickards Hall Of Fame


By: Lanetra Bennett
October 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - It's homecoming at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, and a group of former students had an extra special reason to return to campus.

Rickards staff and students inducted the school's outstanding trailblazers in the newly created J-S Rickards Hall of Fame Friday afternoon.

Inductees include, Clarence "Ricky" Brown Williams who was the first African American graduate of Rickards; Laverne Washington, the first African American Student Government President; and the entire class of 1966, which was the first graduating class.

Rita Rogers Baker was inducted as a member of the Class of 1966. She says, "It is very exciting. Our class is very exciting for the honor. What a sweet thing for the Rickards community to do. It's perfect."

There were 184 students in Rickards' first graduating class.


Press Release: Rickards High School

James S. Rickards High School to Induct Three Outstanding Trailblazers into the First Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Tallahassee, FL---On Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm in the school Media Center, James S. Rickards staff and students will induct three of the school’s outstanding trailblazers who were the designated first graduates in the newly created J. S. Rickards Hall of Fame. Inducted will be the following graduates:

James S. Rickards First Graduating Class of 1966- 184 members
Clarence “Ricky” Brown Williams, First African American Graduate- Class of 1967
Laverne Washington, First African American Student Government President-Class of 1973

A special musical presentation will be made by the Rickards Chorale, directed by Gentile Hamilton with student, Ariel Franklin as soloist. Mrs. Dorothy Bradford composer of the school Alma Mater, teacher and coral director will also attend.

“I am excited that we are honoring some of our distinguished alumnus at this year’s Home Coming Cerebration, said second year principal, Douglas Cook.”


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