Two Florida Students Make History as the First African-American Males to Finish 1-2 In Their High School Class In 37 Years: ‘Nothing Wrong with Being Smart’


Jean Ribault High School; Valedictorian; Salutatorian; Jeffrey Francis; Darrell Worrell


For the first time in recent history, two Black male students graduated with the top honors at a Jacksonville High School. Despite the school being overwhelmingly Black, the last time both honors went to young men of African descent was in 1985 when Lee Baker (valedictorian) and William Jones (salutatorian) graduated. Jeffrey Francis and Darrell Worrell graduated in the top two rankings for Jean Ribault High School’s Class of 2022, claiming the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian out of 300 graduates. In addition to making history in this way, Worrell becomes the first person in his family to go to college.


By Nicole Duncan-Smith




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