Most people know that Dunbar High School here in Baltimore has an outstanding athletic and academic reputation. In particular, Dunbar has been a basketball powerhouse, not just here in Baltimore, but around the country for decades now. What they wanted to know is, "How did Dunbar become such an amazing institution? Who laid the foundation for such a national power?". The past three months the two of them have been researching Dunbar's basketball coach from the 1960's and 1970's, Coach William "Sugar" Cain. Not only have they learned what he did for the school during his time there, but also the legacy that he left behind.
In recent weeks Troy and Jaden have been interviewing former players and coaches like Bob Wade about the tradition started by Coach "Cain" and just what it means to be a Dunbar Poet. Yesterday the two of them went to Dunbar to see the institution and hallowed ground in person. The two of them took many pictures of the banners in the gym. I am sure you can see an assortment of future NBA players on the 1982-1983 banners below. Perhaps the most intriguing interview was with Coach "Ty" Clark of the girls' basketball team. The girls have also been a dominant force in the area, benefitting from the tradition and hard work established by Coach "Cain". If you want to learn more about their ground breaking research please come to our Mt. Washington National History Day Night on Thursday, February 12th!