Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has a rich history. Originally erected in 1922, the school was named The South Jacksonville School and included grades 1-9. At the time, it was the only school on the Southside serving African-American students. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened in August 1985 as an arts school which brought faculty and students together with a common bond – a love for the arts. What began as a mandate from the Duval County School Board has, in the thirty-something years since, turned a dream into a reality. Students audition for placement and the school is dedicated to training both the students who will pursue a career in the arts, as well as the student who will be committed to the support of art in the community.
Famous Alumni from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, musicians Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) and John Otto (Limp Bizkit) and Ben Harper (Yellowcard) and actor Patrick Heusinger (Gossip Girl, Royal Pains, Absentia and Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce).