Jean Ribault Class of 1981 Alumni

About Henry "Hank" Stewart 


Hank Stewart, Emmy Award Winning Poet

Ribault Class of 1981 The poet who grace the main stage of ESSENCE Music Festival, the Author of McDonaldʼs 365 Black Poem, Emmy Award Winning Poet for commercials for Fox 5 Black History month, Founder of the Annual Hank Stewart's White Linen Affair,5 Men on a Stool. If you have ever read the work of inspirational speaker and poet, Hank Stewart, then you might find it hard to believe that this profoundly talented writer did not pen his first poem until May of 1991. Stewart, a self-published writer who has been called a catalyst for action and a messenger of hope, considers spirituality, history and love as his major influences for delving into the world of literature. "My (life) experiences have had a great influence on the poetry… Poetry has help me to deal with many issues," says Hank, who released his first book titled, "The Answer" in 1993. "The Answer", a collection of poetry, which expressed the issues of love, unity and religion, uniquely introduced Stewart as a conscious writer among a culture of literary enthusiast. Shortly thereafter, Hank followed up his first work with a second book fittingly titled, "Second Chance" which was written to reveal the Savior to lost souls and to rejuvenate the Christian experience. In 1996, Hank wrote his third book, "Be Still and Know…" a religiously conscious collection of works focusing on the power of prayer and the importance of spiritual guidance. A devoted Christian, Hank believes that a firm spiritual guidance can help an individual remain true to the mission of life and success. Therefore, he incorporates this belief in his poetry by encouraging people to move to new emotional heights and spiritual levels. "I think conscious poetry is important… It documents history. It’s a message to people who don’t always have a chance to listen to long sermons. If you look back over time poetry has made its way into every aspect of life…" In 1997, Stewart released a special edition of poems in his book, "Daydreaming About You", which preceded two works, "Stay Focused" and "Stay Focus" both published in 1998. The Journey With the popularity of the merging of poetry and jazz within the literary culture, Stewart soon began to transform his written work into "Spoken Word" poetry, which earned him a regular guest spot on the "Quiet Storm", a weekly radio broadcasting show highlighting talented poetry and jazz artists on one of Atlanta’s top radio stations, V-103. Over the past fifteen years, Hank Stewart’s poetry has awarded him many opportunities including working on programs with prominent officials such as former Vice President, Al Gore and contributing a piece honoring the mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks with a special poetry dedication. Mr. Stewart has recited his works for Rev Jesse L. Jackson Sr. , Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. He also presented Mr. Carl Ware of The Coca Cola Company a special piece of his work. Hank has also performed at the 2003 and 2005 Essence Music Festival. He has written and performed “365 BLACK” commercials for McDonald Corporation. He has also written and performed Black History Commercials for Fox 5 February 2006. He preformed on programs with Chaka Khan, Kem. He's been on programs with Tavis Smiley, Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons, the late Rev. Hosea Williams, Johnny Cochran and the list go on and on. Always looking to advance his career to the next level, Stewart considers his plight as an author to inspire people to achieve maximum success and to touch as many lives as possible with a message of spirituality, love and history. "I want to leave a positive legacy, be it spiritual, love or history… I want people to think,’ whatever Hank Stewart wrote about touched me’." Reference:

Leon Gonzalez: Professional NFL Player

Ribault Class of 1981 Class of 1981 Trojan: Leon Gonzalez was born on Saturday, September 21, 1963 in Jacksonville , FL and he is a famous professional NFL player. Life in Brief: - Being born on Sep 21, Leon is a Virgo. - he is 5'10'' (177 cm) tall. - his weight is 162 lbs (73 kg). - he has a gaming experience of 2 years. - Leon attended the Bethune-Cookman University. Years and teams he played for: - in 1987 for Atlanta Falcons - in 1985 for Dallas Cowboys....... reference:


R S & G, LLC was founded by Victor and Wanda Anderson in the late 90's. Victor, a 1981 graduate of Jean Ribault Senior High School has proven his Trojan Spirit and conviction to the alumni by sharing his skill-sets moreover donating the proceeds from the purchase of the apparel & accessories on the alumni website(less his production cost).

Trojans please support this fundraiser by purchasing your Class ReUnion Tee Shirt, Tank Top or the exceedingly Classy Trojan Polo advertised on our Alumni website.

By L. Dian Davis - April 8, 2010


Quisine Foods & Wines

By L. Dian Davis

Vintage Wines Information & Tips:



4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. flour
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Garlic powder

Melt butter in skillet. Wash chicken and dust with flour. Season well with garlic and pepper. Brown breast in butter. Continue cook until chicken is done, turning frequently. Pour lemon juice in skillet. Simmer 2 minutes on each side.


2 whole chicken breasts, boned & skinned
1/3 c. white wine
1/3 c. lemon juice
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
3 tbsp. bread crumbs
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 c. parsley, fresh

In a measuring cup, combine wine, lemon juice and garlic. Pound each breast until 1/4 inch thick and lightly coat with bread crumbs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown chicken, 5 minutes on each side.

Stir wine mixture and pour over chicken in skillet. Sprinkle on parsley and let simmer 5 minutes. Serve with pan juices.

 Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken: Lean & Scrumptious

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 81' Trojanette's Chillin' at the Funk Festival 2010

Captioned in the photograph below (left to right) are Thelmesia Davis-Whitfield, Paulette Purdy-Thompson, Joyce Harper-Quiller and Sharen "Tammy" Bryant. These class of 1981 graduates were out enjoying the musical talents of several renowned artists; Frankie Beverly & Maze, SWV, Babyface and more!

By L. Dian Davis - May 17, 2010 

Entertaiment Weekly:

By L. Dian Davis

This column will provide weekly entertainment; top MP3 songs, monthly horoscopes & more.

 The Horoscope Zone 

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Your February Horoscope by Susan Miller

The past few months might have been all right, although perhaps a bit lackluster, but February will be simply beautiful for you. It comes all wrapped in a big blue box and tied with a big red bow. February is due to be a glorious month, for Neptune, Mars, the Sun, and new moon will be having a party in Aquarius, and from the date of that new moon onward, February 2, those planets will begin to work together to create a dramatic and exciting set of opportunities for you.


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Don't Blink When God Calls


By L. Dian Davis - May 18, 2010
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Upcoming Event: Fabulous 50th B-Day

Bahama Cruise Committee Chair

James Murphy, Jr In the wake of starting this venture with such humble and focused intentions, I feel extremely blessed, as God has surrounded me with such supportive, intelligent, and dilligent "Trojans." Through the assistance of my supporters many dreams are being realized. Surging forward, my ardent desire for this alumni is to put any/all adversities aside and unite as one; exhibiting the true "Trojan Spirit." In hopes that we will enjoy our 30th class reunion together and possibly host memorable events prior to the reunion. Although I have loyal Trojans supporting me, there is always room for more. This being said, if you have not joined the class of 81 alumni, please take this opportunity to do so. With love and care, I depart leaving you with these words of wisdom, "United we stand, divided we fall and if our backs shall ever be against the wall - We'll be together!" Let's Eat!

S. P. Livingston Elementary School Presents their 2010 Kindergarten Completion Graduating Class


 On Friday, June 4th 2010 I had the distinct pleasure of attending the graduation ceremony for the kindergarten class of S. P. Livingston Elementary School. The invite was compliments of Mr. Lawrence Buckner. Buckner’s band along with the Douglas Anderson (School of the Performing Arts) Orchestra serenaded these youngster’s while they were acknowledged for their efforts and outstanding achievements for the 2009- 2010 school year. The graduating ceremony was memorable to say the least. Buckner’s band played the melody, as the children and faculty alike, harmonized to the tune of “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly. Many accolades to the faculty and staff that made this ceremony possible; Jenifer L. Brown, Principal, Violet E. Stovall, Assistant Principal, Jackie Bryd, Executive Director. Captioned in the collage below are photographs of this event.

Lawrence Buckner, Renowned Bassit 

By L. Dian Davis, April 29, 2010

Lawrence a native of Jacksonville, Florida was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on July 11, 1963. He attended Oceanway Elementary, Ribault Junior, and graduated from Ribault Senior High School in 1981. In an exclusive interview with Lawrence, he advised "he began his journey with music in the seventh grade." Buckner contends, he was extremely elated  when he was selected as Section Leader during his tenure at Ribault Senior High School while playing in the Trojan band. After graduating in 1981, Buckner joined the United States Army and was deployed to Panama (during the Noriega years). During his military service to our country, Lawrence found time to embark on his passion in the 79th Army Band; music. Upon completion of his tour of duty, Buckner returned to Jacksonville and enrolled in Edward Waters College where he earned his BS degree in Biological Science Pre-Med in 1999. Lawrence is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,  a Natonal Honors Student, further was listed in Who' Who amongst American College Students.  Lawrence whom humbly admits academics played a minor role in his life while attending high school - graduated Magna Cum-laude from college with a GPA of 3.7.

Philosophy:  Lawrence believes that all things can be achieved        through hard work, dedication, and focus.

Musical Career: Lawrence has had the distinct pleasure of playing in an array of famous bands and performing duets with equally acclaimed solo musicians/artists. They are as follows: Vision featuring Billy Powell of "Lynyrd Skynyrd", Mark Farner of "Grand Funk" and duets with Jazz Organist Shirley Scott, Branford Marsalis; Saxophonist, Wallace Roney; Trumpet Player, and Louie Belson; Drummer - to mention a few.

Hobbies: Lawrence enjoys reading, painting, listening to music, and collecting movies; Spike Lee & Mario Van Peebles directed movies rank amongst his favorites.

Lawrence is currently single and has no children. His pet dog Mingus (who is named after a famous Jazz Bassit) will keep him company until Ms. Right enters his life.


For Lawrence's upcoming events & performances contact the Ritz Theatre:

829 North Davis Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202-4734
(904) 632-5555

Or visit Mark Farner's website for tour dates.

Lawrence Buckner "The Man and His Music"


Captioned in the video below Buckner  performs lead guitar riffs on the classic song "I'm Your Captain" by Vision featuring Mark Farner

To view more  performances captured on video of Lawrence and Mark, scroll through the preselected videos showcased at the bottom of the video or simply type Lawrence Buckner into your Utube search engine ( also captioned below), I guarantee that you will be enterained for hours. As Buckner's multi-scaled musical talents and vocals are to say the least mesmerizing! 


Ribaults Honors Hoops Legends

 Chris Porter     Created: 3/27/2010 7:17:27 PM    Updated: 3/28/2010 1:49:23 AM

Jacksonville, FL --- They celebrated on the Northside Saturday as basketball fans at Ribault High honored two hoops legends.

The school named its gym after legendary basketball coaches Alfred Austin and the late Bernard Wilkes.

Austin coached the Lady Trojans for more than two decades.

While the late Wilkes coached the boys team for 30 years.

Both are two of the winningest hoops coaches in the sunshine state.

The gym is now named the "Austin-Wilkes Gymnasium".

Coach Austin and the late coach Wilkes combined to win more than 1,400 games, 43 district championships, and 12 state titles.------------------------------------