Programming: High School
'Battle of the Fans' Seeks Top High School Cheering Section
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012
Who says school spirit is dead? Not students at the five Michigan high schools that have made it to the finals of that state's inaugural "Battle of the Fans." Developed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the contest seeks to recognize the top student cheering section in the state. Organized by MHSAA staff and its 16-member Student Advisory Council, it will reward the section that best exemplifies the positive and festive atmosphere created when students show enthusiasm, unity and sportsmanship while rooting for their school's basketball teams.
How High School ADs Can Rein in Questionable Coaching Behavior
by Michael Popke December 2011
The final months of 2011 brought almost weekly stories of high school coaches misbehaving.
Schools Struggle to Find Where Fitness Fits
by Michael Popke November 2011
If you want to know just how desperately educators in New York City are trying to make fitness a priority for their students, look no further than Public School 197 in Queens.
'Life of an Athlete' Helps Kids Make Smart Choices
by Michael Popke October 2011
On the final Saturday night in September, a group of student-athletes from Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School hosted the first all-school "dry party" - three hours of open gym and swim, inflatable jousting, plenty of pizza and college football on TV in the commons, with members of the football, soccer, volleyball and dance booster clubs donating their time and resources.
High Schools Get Aggressive About Concussion Education
by Michael Popke September 2011
Arizona is leading the next phase of concussion education and management.
Columbus, Ohio, Seeks to Keep Teens Off the Streets
by Emily Attwood September 2011
The opening day of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee had all the elements normally associated with state fairs - hot weather, carnival rides and games, and barns filled with cows.
New Efforts to Revive Structured Physical Education Abound
by Michael Popke March 2011
Most school gymnasiums are filled more often than not these days - hosting much-needed blood drives, fundraisers for vital school and community needs, and revenue-generating offseason sports camps.
School, Park Districts Explore Partnership to Save Sports
by Michael Popke February 2011
When Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools announced two weeks into 2011 that it was exploring a partnership that would transfer operation of interscholastic sports to the Rockford Park District, school officials cited several benefits.
State-Mandated Sportsmanship Programs Tackle Bad Behavior
by Catherine Liewen January 2011
Last November, the Southington (Conn.) High School football team's 28-14 victory over rival Manchester High School was overshadowed by allegations that Southington Coach D.J. Hernandez, a 24-year-old former University of Connecticut quarterback and wide receiver, admitted to using the opposing quarterback's misplaced armband to call defensive plays. Video footage showed the play card attached to Hernandez's clipboard, but he claimed that he only used the card for four plays for his team's defense in the third quarter.
Booster Clubs are Saving High School Sports
by Michael Popke September 2010
At some schools, sports teams owe their existence to outside financial support.