Rickards High makes history with new athletic director

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By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
July 31, 2018

Claudette Farmer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- There's a new athletic director at Rickards High School, and she's already breaking records.

Tallahassee native Claudette Farmer was a student athlete at Rickards High School. She later coached girls basketball there.

Now, she's the athletic director.

She's the first female A.D. at Rickards, and the first African American female athletic director at a high school in the Leon County Schools system.

"It took a lot of hard work. It took a lot of prayers, and it took a lot of people nurturing and helping me along the way," she said.

Farmer added, "You now see women doing this in other areas, but not in our specific area; and that's huge."

Longtime Leon County educator, Eva Mannings, is proud to see this day.

She said, "To me, it means a lot. We have come a long distance, and we're still climbing. If we continue to climb, we'll really reach the top."

Farmer's goals include closing the achievement gap and making the sports programs compliant and competitive.

Douglas Cook, the principal at Rickards, said, "I felt that it would be a great fit for the school; and I felt that Ms. Farmer coming back would be just outstanding for Rickards High School."

A top priority for Farmer is raising money. She's started already with a local pastor announcing Tuesday a pledge of $1,000. Farmer says her goal is to raise $20,000 to supplement the department's budget.

Farmer's last year coaching at Rickards was the only time the girls basketball team went undefeated in the regular season.

Leon County Schools' first female A.D. at a high school was Joy Becker at Godby High School. Her current replacement, Jackie Burkette, is the second female A.D.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- James S. Rickards High School has named its new athletic director, Claudette Farmer.

Farmer, who coached women's basketball for Florida A&M University from 1991 to 2001, becomes the first African-American female high school athletic director in Leon County Schools' history.

Farmer was officially introduced in her new role at the school at a ceremony on Tuesday morning.



 
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