D.C. Realigns Divisions For High School Football | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Realigns Divisions For High School Football

Play associated audio
D.C. is realigning its high school football teams to make them more competitive.
John McStravick: http://www.flickr.com/photos/schluesselbein/4935411747/
D.C. is realigning its high school football teams to make them more competitive.

D.C.'s Public Schools are restructuring their athletic conference to allow more teams a chance to play competitive football during the next school year.

In the past, DCPS football teams were divided geographically: East and West. But Stephanie Evans, the Director of Athletics says there weren't an equal number of schools in those divisions, so some teams didn't get a chance to play much.

"Under the previous format, four teams got to play for our annual Turkey Bowl," Evans says. "That really shut out eight schools."

Evans says they've now created two new subdivisions with names from the District flag. The Stars or Power Division will include Anacostia, Ballou, Coolidge, Dunbar, HD Woodson, and Wilson High Schools. They will compete in the Turkey Bowl. The Stripes Division will include Bell, Cardozo, Eastern, Phelps, McKinley Tech and Roosevelt High Schools. They'll now be able to compete in their own championship. 

Evans says they matched teams based on how they played over the past five years, not by school size.

"We could not simply rely on enrollment alone," Evans says. "We have Wilson High School which has 1800 students that's super competitive in many sports and then we can take a school like Dunbar who has slightly over 500 students and they have always excelled in the sport of football."

Evans says this reorganization won t cost any additional money but says it will generate money by creating quality games and increasing fan support.

DCPS spends approximately $5 million on athletics.

WAMU 88.5

How The Smithsonian Is Building Its New, Sweeping Collection Of Black American Music

“I think it really smashes a lot of ideas about what the Smithsonian does and what it’s supposed to do,” one curator says of the African-American Museum’s growing collection.

NPR

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

Panera on Tuesday announced it is dropping artificial colors, preservatives and additives from many menu items. Nestle, Hershey and Kraft are also eliminating or cutting back on additives.
WAMU 88.5

What's An Official Act? Former Virginia Attorneys General Weigh In On McDonnell Case

As the former Virginia governor awaits his appeal on corruption charges, former attorneys general for the commonwealth have filed an amicus brief saying that the jury instructions' definition of "official acts" went far beyond court precedents.

NPR

Silicon Valley Remembers Dave Goldberg, Who Died Unexpectedly

The CEO of SurveyMonkey was known for his generosity toward colleagues and for supporting the career of his wife, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. He died while vacationing with his family in Mexico.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.