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Downtown Parade Celebrates Ribault Lady Trojans Basketball Win

Lindsey Kilbride


The City of Jacksonville came out wearing blue Tuesday, as hundreds of people celebrated Ribault High School’s national basketball win with a parade and party downtown.

Earlier this month, the Lady Trojans won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Basketball Championship in Madison Square Gardens, 75-49, against Riverdale Baptist of Maryland.

At Hemming Park, the players were congratulated by Mayor Lenny Curry, City Council members and Jacksonville Senator Audrey Gibson-D.

“You don’t have to go far in our city to find greatness, not just on the basketball court, but in the classroom,” she said. “Because everything good can come out of RIbault, right?”

Duval County School Board member Paula Wright says Ribault has come a long way since the state nearly closed it in 2011 due to the school’s low performance.

School Board member Paula Wright said at a recent school board meeting four members of the team will graduate high school this year with associates degrees from Florida State College at Jacksonville.

“But look at Ribault now,” Wright said. “They won this national championship one bounce at a time.”

She said two of the four seniors on the team will leave high school with an associate’s degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.