Dr. Donna A. Richardson, Principal
Welcome to our Mandarin High School website. We are honored that you chose to visit us and find out more about our wonderful Mandarin school.
My name is Dr. Donna Richardson and this is my sixth year as the principal of this outstanding academic institution. I have been a DCPS educator for 29 years, to include: serving as an English teacher for 10 years at Forrest High School, as a Dean of Girls at Terry Parker High School for 2 years, as a vice principal at Ribault High School for 5 years, as a vice principal at Ed White High School for 1 year, as a principal at Baldwin Middle-Senior High School for 6 years, and now as the principal of Mandarin High School in my sixth year. I have a true understanding of the entire District and enough experience and education to lead our school to continuous academic improvement and excellence.
I am also a product of the Duval County Public Education System myself, having attended North Shore Elementary School, Kirby Smith Junior High School, and Andrew Jackson High School. Upon graduation from high school I stayed right here in Duval County and received my A.A Degree from FSCJ, my BA Degree from U.N.F., my M.A. Degree from U.N.F., and my Doctorate’s Degree in Educational Leadership from U.N. F. in 2003. With these credentials under my belt it is my privilege to serve the young people of Duval County. I am a true civil servant who only wants what is best for the present and the future of this great city in which we all live.
We are the Mandarin Mustangs and our school-wide theme this 2014-15 school year is – EXCELLENCE WITH HEART. We are ready to give all our talents and skills to ensure the success of every child on our campus. Our HIGH FIVE says that we focus on five major goals: EXCELLENCE, CHARACTER, GRADUATION, GOOD CHOICES, & BEING THE BEST YOU CAN BE. This is our advice for all of our students, whether they are in our AICE Program, our Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses, our Honors courses, our AVID Program, our Medical Career Academy, or our brand new Industrial Biotechnology Academy. We have a large NJROTC unit, many arts programs, and business education -- you name it, we are a comprehensive high school offering the best education ever to any area of interest our children may have. We are proud of our highly qualified teachers who daily ensure that every child who enters a Mandarin classroom LEARNS. We are all about LEARNING, and providing the safest and securest learning environment possible. Our children are our PRIORITY and it is our distinct privilege to serve you!
Welcome to Mandarin High School!
Dr. Donna A. Richardson