Ribault Senior High School was opened in September 1957 as Lake Forest Junior-Senior High School with grades seven through twelve. In November 1957 the school was officially named Ribault Senior High School.The school opened with a student body of approximately 1400 although it was to accommodate 1200. the facilities to accommodated these students consisted of the "A" and "B" wing, a small library, an administrative wing and a cafeteria.The second year Ribault had a student body totaling over 2000, thus making it imperative to have multiple sessions. Some classes began at seven in the morning and the last session of classes at five.The play area for physical education classes, athletic activities, and band practice consisted of nothing but sand dunes. Nevertheless, classes were held, the band practiced, and preparations for interscholastic activities began on schedule.A committee composed of several faculty members and a number of students was formed. Possible color combinations and slogans were selected. These selections were given to the student body for a vote and as a result, we became the blue and white Ribault Trojans.
By the library staff of the Jacksonville Public Library
The Explorers and the Settlers: Ribault, Huguenots, and the French in Florida
Jean Ribault, a French naval officer, colonist and explorer, was born in the city of Dieppe circa 1520. In 1562, Admiral Gaspard de Coligny received a commission from Charles IX, King of France, to establish a colony in the New World for French Protestants, the Huguenots, who were being persecuted in France by the Catholic majority. Coligny ordered Ribault to command an expedition to North America. He reached the coast of Florida .......READ MORE.