Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, commonly known as DA or DASOTA, is a magnet high school in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, United States. The school opened in 1922 as a primary school specifically for African American students. The school is named after a local civil rights activist, Douglas Anderson. In 1985, the school was renovated into a magnet high school specializing in performing, visual and language arts.[2]

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
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2445 San Diego Road


United States
Coordinates30°18′01″N 81°38′20″W / 30.300271°N 81.638757°W / 30.300271; -81.638757Coordinates: 30°18′01″N 81°38′20″W / 30.300271°N 81.638757°W / 30.300271; -81.638757
TypePublic magnet high school[1]
Motto"Where arts and academics meet in excellence"
School districtDuval County Public Schools
PrincipalTina Wilson
Teaching staff62.00 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,192 (2018–2019)[1]
Student to teacher ratio19.23[1]
Color(s)Black and White


Over the years, the school has accomplished many achievements including becoming a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence[3] and receiving awards from the United States Department of Education, International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[4]

In December 2009, the school became a Florida Heritage Landmark by the Bureau of Historical Preservation. The ceremony was attended by students and school officials, Anderson's family and the first graduates of the school from 1959.[5]


Opened in 1922 as The South Jacksonville Grammar School for grades 1—9, the school was primarily attended by African American students; the only school in the region during that time.[citation needed] In 1945, the school name changed to Douglas Anderson School.[citation needed] During the 1950s, the school became a high school with the mascot of "Fiery Dragons" and in 1959, the school saw its first graduating class with a commencement speech given by Noah Marsh.[citation needed] During the 1960s, the school closed briefly and reopened in 1968 as a campus for Florida Junior College.[citation needed] In 1970, the school closed briefly again and reopened in 1971 as the Douglas Anderson Seventh Grade Center.[citation needed] In 1985, the school opened as Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS". US Department of Education. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "History / History".
  3. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Program (Archived Information)" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  4. ^ "The Grammy Foundation announces the 2010 Grammy Signature Schools" (PDF) (Press release). The Grammy Foundation/The Recording Academy. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-10-30.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Sanders, Topher (2009-11-14). "Douglas Anderson graduates come back for school's 50th anniversary". The Florida Times-Union. Morris Communications. Retrieved 2010-10-31.