TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - The first public school in Leon County was established in 1856. Since then, coaches and teachers have come and gone.
Throughout it all, no African American woman was ever an Athletic Director, but today that changed. Claudette Farmer was formally introduced as the new AD at Rickards High School Tuesday morning, a sort of homecoming for the well known coach, who graduated from Rickards and enjoyed successful coaching careers at her Alma Mater and at FAMU.
Farmer said Tuesday she was happy to be making history, and more importantly, happy to do it at a school she loves so much, and says she's excited to get to work.
"Immediately we want to make sure our coaches are administrating their own programs, the autonomy to do that," she said. "We certainly want to go out and raise, we set a goal of at least $20,000. So we're going to need a lot of support from the community. We want to continue to build on what has been done here. It's been a great job done, but we just want to continue to build on that and that we are compliant. We just want to make sure our programs are safe and compliant."
Farmer will also serve as a PE coach at the high school.