This is the first time since I started teaching that our school has won a state championship. We’ve had some individual champions over the years, but not a team. The thing that was so fun to see, was how the students and the community got behind this team.
School spirit hasn’t been super high for a while now. During spirit weeks, not very many kids participate in the dress up days. It seems to have eroded over the past several years. It’s almost like they don’t know how to have school spirit. Well… I think they’ve figured it out.
I went to the game last night. What was cool to see was how many students and community members came to support the team. In my district there are seven high schools, and when one of them wins, we all win.
When I looked throughout the stands, I could see every color of the rainbow (all wearing maroon and white, of course). Our crowd was highly diverse and proud of it.
Speaking of pride… Our students were proud, and it showed. They were cheering during the entire game. Somehow, that large block of students organized themselves into a creative and respectful cheering section. It wasn’t the cheerleaders or the band leading them. Individual students or small groups would start it and the rest would join in. It was fantastic!
The team has been ranked #1 for most of the season and they were expected to win the state tournament. Someone made a comment about rooting for the underdog to me. The more I thought about it, I realized that these kids are underdogs in everything else. They may not be in basketball, but in every other aspect of their lives, they are the underdog. They played their hearts out and captured a well-deserved victory. And in the process, they made an entire community cheer with happiness.