• James S. Rickards High School is excited to offer competitive athletics to our high school athletes. We are members of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Athletics are of historical and social significance in our national culture and provide a primary means through which we develop and maintain the physical vigor and stamina required to develop our full potential. Athletics provide healthful and wholesome leisure-time activities for our youth, and are a building block of lifelong health and well-being. By understanding that athletics play an important role in not only developing students physically, but also mentally and socially, James S. Rickards High School embraces the important role that athletics and our coaches play in that process.

    To maximize the educational potential of athletics, interscholastic programs should be organized and conducted in accordance with these six basic principles:

    • Interscholastic athletic programs should be regarded as integral parts of the total educational program and should be conducted so that they are worthy of such regard.
    • Interscholastic athletic programs should supplement, rather than serve as substitutes for, basic physical education programs, physical recreation programs, and intramural athletic programs.
    • Interscholastic athletic programs should be subject to the same administrative control as the total educational programs.
    • Interscholastic athletic programs should be conducted by personnel with adequate training in the principles of coaching.
    • The welfare of the participant should be placed above any other consideration. What happens to the student-athlete who participates in the sports program is of primary importance. His or her welfare should transcend any other consideration.
    • Interscholastic athletic programs should be conducted in accordance with the letter and spirit of the rules and regulations of appropriate conference, state, and national athletic associations.

    While it is wonderful that we have achieved success in the competitive field, the true focus of our athletics program is to foster character, integrity, and discipline.
    Participation in interscholastic athletics by a student is a privilege, not a right.  To earn this privilege, students must abide by the rules and meet the standards of academic performance and personal behavior that are related to school purpose.

    Thank you for being the best part of Raiders Athletics! All prospective student/athletes and Parents must complete the clearance process at and be cleared BEFORE participating in any activity. Please be sure to submit a HARD COPY of the Physical (EL2), Activity Form, and Confirmation Page to Coach Mendoza, Coach Hankerson, or Head Coach. Feel free to see the attachment for full instructions if necessary. We look forward to seeing you at the games.

    Donation Opportunities


Athletic Titles

  • FHSAA State Championships

    Boys Basketball:  2014 (State Runner-Up) 2011, 2010, 1992, 1976

    Track & Field:  2004 (Girls State Runner-Up)


    Regional Championship

    Boys Basketball:  2014, 2011, 2010, 2005, 2001, 1992, 1976, 1974, 1972

    Girls Basketball:  2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009


    District Championship

    Baseball:  2010, 2009, 1992, 2018

    Boys Basketball:  2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1970

    Boys Tennis:  2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2004

    Competitive Cheerleading:  2011 (UCA Champions), 2005 (Black College National Champions)  

    Girls Basketball:  2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1995, 1994, 1988, 1987, 1986

    Girls Tennis:  2008, 2007

    Football:  2016, 2001, 1999, 1995, 1984

    Softball:  1993

    Swimming:  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

    Volleyball:  1993, 1987, 1986, 1985


Athletic Director