HEAD OF SCHOOL / PRINCIPAL: Dante Jones
Phone: (813) 744-8600
Fax: (813) 744-8665
Student Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM
Uniforms: Mandatory Uniforms
Before School Program: Yes
After School Program: Yes
Creating Global Learners
Williams Middle Magnet, a top-ranked IB World School in East Tampa, has been a proud "A" school for more than a decade, routinely winning Magnet Schools of America's Merit Award. With a diverse student body, Williams creates global learners with an International Baccalaureate focus on intercultural awareness and communication. Scholar Quest high school credit offerings challenge students in French, Algebra, Emerging Technology in Business and more. Students connect through our sports teams and clubs including LEGO Robotics, Model UN, Future Business Leaders of America and an award-winning Chess Club. Through Electives, students sample a range of exciting courses—including Band, Art, Yearbook and AVID College Readiness—then pursue what best sparks their interests. Our Sixth Grade Structure provides a smooth transition into this exciting new learning environment. Students participate in service learning projects including a coastal cleanup, breast cancer walk and a food drive to support Metropolitan Ministries. At Williams, our students appreciate the world's diversity while achieving education excellence.
Reden Reche Williams, M.D. was born on a farm near Williston, Marion County, Florida on February 25, 1881. His father, John E. Williams, and mother, Mary E. Williams, were slaves, but his father received a meager education after his emancipation, and served as a member of the County School Board and Board of County Commissioners during the Reconstruction Period. Additionally, he was the founder of the A.M.E. Church in his home county.
Reden Reche Williams, the youngest of ten children, received his primary training in the log school house of his native county. He availed himself of the opportunity to attend the County Normal, and with his natural ability was able to pass the required examination to teach in the public schools and he began teaching at the age of fifteen.
When Dr. Williams was age one, his father died, leaving his mother with five small children. It quickly became necessary that young Redden earn his own livelihood. He went to Jacksonville and entered Cookman Institute, an A.M.E. church institution and earned money to pay for his education by delivering newspapers. At Cookman he exhibited qualities of leadership and intellectual power, and at the age of twenty he graduated as valedictorian of his class. After graduation, he became an agent for an insurance company; then he entered the grocery business followed by joining a newspaper firm. However, education called him back and in 1903 he entered Maharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He was president of his class of 115 members. He graduated in 1907, and returned to Florida. He passed his medical boards with the highest mark of any taking the examination at that time. He served as secretary, vice-president, and president of the Florida State Medical Association and was a life member of the Tristate Medical Association.
As a churchman, he was an active and staunch Methodist, having served for a number of years as both trustee and steward in his church. He was a lay delegate to the General Conference in 1912 in Kansas City, and was reelected to the Centennial General Conference in l916 in Philadelphia. He was a director in the Metropolitan Bank of Ocala, and a large stockholder in several real estate companies. He also was very prominent in secret orders, having served a First Grand Medical Director of the Odd Fellows of the State of Florida, and the Grand Director of the Order. He was a member of the Uniform Rank of the Knights of Pythians, and surgeon of the First Regiment, with the rank of Major; a member of the Building Fund Board of the Order, and a trustee of the Grand Lodge of the Sons and Daughters of Jacob. He was a man of a pronounced individuality, decided opinions, and had the courage to state and defend his opinions at any and all times.
In January 1914, he married Miss Clotelle Chappelle, the youngest daughter of Bishop W.D. Chappelle of Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Williams was the first person of his race to perform major surgery in Tampa in 1921 at the Clara Frye Hospital and he also worked at the Venezuela Hospital. He was the last surviving founder of the Tampa Urban League. In the spring of 1964 he was the recipient of an award from the National Council of Christians and Jews of the Bay Area for his contributions in the field of medicine. He was a Grand Master of the Masons, member of the Elks, Odd Fellows, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and the AMA, NMA, and of St. Paul AME Church.
Dr. Williams and his wife were the parents of two sons, Dr. Reden Reche Williams, Jr. and Don Chappelle Williams. Dr. Williams, Jr. and his wife Mary, have five children: Joseph, Reche, Charles. Robert and Marche (Williams) Carr. Don Chappelle Williams and his wife, Ursel, have two children, Don Chappelle Williams Jr. and Ursel Rebecca (Williams) Staten. Dr. Williams died November 17, 1964.