(BALTIMORE – February 27, 2016) – I love basketball. Over the years, Baltimore trains you to have a certain respect when it comes to the game loved everywhere. Certain neighborhoods, like East Baltimore, have a serious rep when it comes down to round ball. Reservoir Hill and John Eager Howard are up there, too, with the greats.
This appreciation for the game also extends into the schools. Dunbar, where I spent the 11th and 12th grade, is the king of the world of hoops in Baltimore City. Lake Clifton is another legendary school where icons played. On the other hand – Poly, the other high school I spent two years at also, does not have anywhere near the reputation of these schools. Poly did have a few greats come through, but overall, they are more known for domination on the grid iron. And, we cannot forget its historic accomplishments academically as well as being the first Baltimore City Public School to integrate; the year was 1952.
With that out of the way, let me just say that the world got one heck of a surprise to learn that Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (No. 2) decisively blasted Paul Laurence Dunbar Community High School (No. 9) off the court on Wednesday. The score was 64-43 and signified Poly’s first Division I City Basketball Championship.
I was so amazed, I had to call legendary Dunbar Football and Basketball Coach Bob Wade and get his feedback over this incredible accomplishment for Poly. He said that Poly had the better team. Wade wasn’t able to make it to the game, but said Muggsy Bogues, his famous point guard, did attend and gave him the report.
In short, Poly is typically known for producing some of the brightest minds in America. Now, that rep extends to being able to manage ‘the rock.’
Kudos to the Poly Family for making history – this time on the court. And best of wishes on the State Regionals. Yesterday, I should add, Poly beat Milford Mill 72-44.