Katherine Bailey wrote the Fernandina Beach High School Alma Mater in 1942 and wrote several other FBHS related songs.
Aaron Bean was the class of 1985 Valedictorian. He went to be student body president at Jacksonville University. He has served as the mayor of Fernandina Beach and is currently your District 12 State Representative.
Chris Hall Bryan is a 1963 graduate of FBHS. She is a director of the University of Florida Gator Boosters and is president and owner of the Florida Petroleum Corporation. She is also the founding director of First National Bank of Nassau County.
Annie Partin Burns is a 1938 graduate of FBHS. She authored the book “Memories of Fourth Street, Our Family Small World” and co-founded the first Little League Concession Stand in Fernandina Beach. Mrs. Burns is the honored namesake of the Annie Partin Burns FBHS Foundation Mini Grant.
Exteen Corbett was the Salutatorian of the class of 1936. He was a founding father of the Fernandina Kiwanis Club and former City commissioner. He was also the general manger of the Nassau Fertilizer and Oil Company.
Elizabeth Dressler taught science at Fernandina Beach High school from 1962 until 1996. She was teacher of the year in 1982.
Marcia Flagler is a member of the class of 1974. She was the first female from FBHS to receive and athletic scholarship. She was a Two-time All-American at Bethune Cookman College where she led the nation in field goal percentage. She also played professional basketball with the Milwaukee Express.
Terrance Flagler is 1982 graduate of FBHS. Terrance broke the state single game rushing record in football and was all conference in Basketball at FBHS. He attended Clemson University on scholarship and was a first team All American. He was drafted in the 1st round by the San Francisco 49ers and won two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers.
Jonathan Hill taught band at FBHS from 1951 to 1970. He is a two time Fernandina Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and is past president of the Florida Bandmasters Association.
Bill Leeper is a member of the class of 1971. While at FBHS he was all conference in football and baseball and the first FBHS player drafted into the professional leagues by the New York Mets. He was State traffic law enforcement officer of the year in 2006 and has served at Mayor of Fernandina Beach.
Anthony Russell graduated from FBHS in 1994. He was the Gulf South Conference Basketball Rookie of the Year at the University of West Florida and is their all time leader is scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. He has played professional basketball in Portugal and in Minnesota.
Jon Shave is a 1986 graduate of FBHS where he was an all-american in baseball. He went-on to make the NCAA All-College-World-Series-Tournament-Team at Mississippi State University. He played professional baseball with the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox.
Evett Simmons is a member of the class of 1975. She was won the Mercer University Alumni of the Year Award and was the first woman attorney ever appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. She is also a past president of the National Bar Association.
Rick Stockstill graduated FBHS in 1977. While in High School he was an all-state quarterback. He went on to become an All-American Quarterback at Florida State University. He is currently the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University.
Ron Veal is a 1987 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School. While here he lettered in basketball, football, and football and was parade all American quarterback. He went to become a 4-year starter at the University of Arizona where he was honorable mention all-PAC 10.
Kris Anderson is a 1976 graduate of FBHS. He was all-state Basketball at FBHS he went on to play for Florida State where he was a 2 time second team all-conference player and co-captain. Kris was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 4th round of the 1981 NBA draft.
Mike Geiger is also a 1976 graduate of FBHS. Mike’s interest in music moved him to Nashville where he quickly rose to fame as a country music song writer. He was BMI Songwriter of the year in 1989.
Woody Mullis is a 1975 graduate of FBHS. He is Mike Geiger’s song writing partner and was also BMI Songwriter of the year in 1989. The duo has written songs for country stars like George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, and many others.
Bill Mason taught English and band at Fernandina Beach High school from 1966 until 1995. In addition to being and outstanding English teacher, he had a strong musical influence over the community and two of his fellow nominees through his work with the FBHS band and Madrigals.
Duane Newsome was inducted for his commitment to the FBHS athletic department. He was the voice of the pirates for over 50 years.
Wayne Benner taught at Fernandina Beach High School from 1954 through 1969 and many more years at FBMS. We was a long time football coach at FBHS with an outstanding winning percentage. He coached several excellent football players that went on to play at the collegiate level.
Robert Odom is a 1954 graduate of FBHS. Robert has found success in several outlets. He is a former Vice President of a Fortune 500 company and continues to serve the public through philanthropic pursuits. As former Chairman of Minnesota Diversified industries he worked to employee over 600 handicap and disabled people. He has been a long time supporter of the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation.
Henry Rodeffer is a 1973 graduate of FBHS. Henry lettered in football at Vanderbilt University. He later graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and went on to serve as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the current chief of staff at Baptists Medical Center Nassau and regularly lends his medical expertise to support Pirate athletics.
Tommy Shave is a 1955 graduate of FBHS. Tommy is one of the finest football players in the history of the school. He is a former state football player of the year and held numerous FBHS football records for many years. Mr. Shave also served on the first St. Johns River Water Management District.
Johnny T. Smith taught in Fernandina for over 30 years. He served as basketball coach for 12 years and is a former North Florida Conference Coach of the Year. The annual Johhny T. Smith Classic Basketball tournament is named in his honor.
Ray Arsenault is a 1965 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School. He is also a graduate of Princeton and Brandeis Universities. As a civil rights historian he has written four prize-winning books. Ray has served as president of the ACLU of Florida and is a Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties award winner. He is currently a professor at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.
Granville “Doc” Burgess is a 1967 graduate of FBHS. Doc has practice law in Nassau County for many years. He is a former director of the State’s Attorney Office and is currently Nassau County Court Judge. Doc is a civic leader and volunteer and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church.
Jim Ewing graduated from FBHS as Salutatorian of the class of 1962. Jim was an all-conference football and baseball player at Fernandina Beach High School. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia where he played golf. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and the Amelia Arts Academy and has written a book, Remembering Fernandina.
Suzanne Davis Hardee is a 1940 graduate. She served as vice president of Standard Marine Supply Company, directed the chamber of commerce, and was the first woman director of Florida National Bank. Suzanne was a dedicated Fernandina and Amelia Island historian and was instrumental in the development of the Amelia Island Museum of History. She has written several books and articles about the history of the island.
David Allison is a 1968 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School. He also received a Ph.D. from Princeton University. David is the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the First Historian of US Navy Laboratories. He has served as curator of many exhibits at the Smithsonian and won the Dibner Award for outstanding exhibition in 1990.
Kay Johnson is a 1950 graduate of FBHS. She served as past president of the Florida Association of Childhood Education. She has received Jacksonville University’s Integritas Vitae award recipient as a staff member there and founded Wilma’s Little People’s School.
Chip Wood is a 1964 graduate of Fernandina Beach High School. Chip received an athletic scholarship to Catawba College for both baseball and football. He received the US Army’s Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He has also volunteered countless hours in support of the FBHS baseball team.
Dick Bradford Taught at Fernandina Beach High School from 1970 to 1999.He is best remembered in his role as FBHS assistant principal and dean of students.
Jim Corbett is a 1967 graduate of FBHS. Jim is the president and owner of Nassau Fertilizer and Oil Company. He has also volunteered his time and provided exemplary service to the FBHS Basketball program for many years.
Oneal Tyler graduated in 1971. While at FBHS he lettered in four sports. He was selected to the all-conference team at running back and linebacker and earned an athletic scholarship to Clemson University.
Reggie Albert is a 1978 graduate of FBHS. While here, he was all-conference in football, baseball, and basketball. He went on to play baseball at Troy State University where he led the Gulf South Conference in Base Stealing Percentage and participated in the Division II College World Series.
Phil Mayberry taught social studies and photography at FBHS from 1965 to 2007. He is believed to be the longest tenured teacher in the history of the school. He also started and coached the FBHS Hi-Q team for 23 years.
Ned Tyson is a 1964 graduate. He worked to promote wellness programs for employees of various local businesses and groups. He co-founded the annual Pirates on the run 10K and served as inspiration to others to believe in themselves.
Barbi Townsend is a 1975 graduate and was inducted for her commitment to Fernandina Beach High School. Barbi is a FBHS Foundation Main Sail Award recipient and volunteered countless hours in dedication to the school.
Michael Johns graduated in 1993. He was chosen to participate in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All Star baseball game while at FBHS and went to be selected All Conference USA Baseball Team at Tulane University. He was Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1997 and works as a manager in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
Suellen Rodeffer Garner graduated in 1974. She was the first female dentist in Nassau County. Dr. Rodeffer-Garner has played an important role in the community and was Instrumental in establishing Keep Nassau Beautiful, CBC National Bank, and the FBHS Foundation.
Wesley Poole is a graduate of the class of 1967. He has served on the Florida Community College of Jacksonville Board of Trustees. He has worked as Attorney for the City of Fernandina Beach and is currently the Nassau County Court Judge.
Carey Braddock is a 1955 graduate of FBHS. He is being inducted this evening for his exemplary service to the FBHS athletics program. He was worked as a PA Announcer for the Pirates for many years.
Lewis “Red” Bean taught industrial arts at Fernandina Beach High School and Fernandina Junior High for many years. He also coached. The Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Career Center at FSCJ is named in his honor.
Dr. Latoria Jordan. Latoria is a 1995 graduate of FBHS. She played basketball, volleyball, and ran track at FBHS. She earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Mississippi where she competed in track and field. Dr. Jordan now serves as a Lieutenant Commander of the US Public Health Commissioned Corps.
Michael Gray is a 1994 graduate of FBHS. He played in the College World Series for the University of Florida’s baseball team and received a SEC Student Athlete Award. He graduated from Florida State University’s School of Law with a Jurist Doctorate Degree, summa cum laude and continues to work in law.
Claude Haddock graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1944. Was a Private First Class in The US Navy and a charter member of the Amelia Island Chorale, in fact he sang regularly around the island at weddings and other events .
Barry Rice is a 1966 graduate of FBHS. Barry was a gifted athlete here and went on to earn a football scholarship to Florida State University where he played in the Peach and Gator bowls.
Beryl Rice graduated from FBHS in 1966 and earned a scholarship to FSU. Beryl was All-Conference in baseball and football at FBHS and won the Most Valuable Pirate Award along with his twin brother.
Sammy Alvarez is a 1961 graduate of FBHS. He lettered in Football, baseball, and basketball at FBHS. He went on to serve in the US Army Special Forces. Next Mr. Alvarez became a Professional Golf Association Class A professional and later worked as the Director of Golf at the Baymeadows Country Club.
Billy Burbank graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1970. Billy lettered in football and baseball at FBHS. He transformed the Burbank Trawl-makers company into Burbank Sports Nets. He has received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Here Award and the Florida Folk Heritage Award.
John Myers graduated from FBHS in 1965, before serving in the United States Air Force. After that, he founded Myers Tractor Service and Tree Service which have grown exponentially under his leadership. Mr. Myers is also a member of the FBHS Business Partners.
Angela Gray Krenn is a 1997 graduate of FBHS and spent four years on the girls golf team. She earned her bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle University and her masters degree in physics from UCF. She currently works for NASA where she loads the space shuttle’s external tanks with propellant.
Susan Steger graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1967. She is a very active member of the Fernandina Beach community and was elected to the city commission in 2008 and later served as mayor of the city. Susan co-founded the Fernandina Observer in 2012.
Joel Stockstill worked at FBHS from 1976 until 2008, serving, multiple roles including athletic director and guidance counselor. He is most notable as the head coach of the pirate football team from 1976 until 1991. Joel has more wins than any other FBHS coach and coached numerous college and pro athletes.