Back in the day my Edmond North Huskies could not score a touchdown much less beat Edmond Memorial in football. For someone as competitive as me, this was like being sentenced to the world down under. With the help of an equally competitive staff of teachers, we took it upon ourselves to create a paradigm shift. If not football, possibly academics held the key.
With information from College Board (AP) and US News and World Report we did just that. Almost immediately, we used players recruited via the academic route to beat Memorial again, and again and again. Under my watch, we never lost to the Bulldogs after that.
To this day, I love examining the high school rankings to see how my former high schools are doing. I also love comparing local high schools to their district counterparts. Comparing football powerhouses on the east to those on the west side of the state can be equally satisfying. It is my belief that high schools can and should aspire to be the best in both areas.
I have highlighted some of this information below. For a more in-depth view you can go to usnewsandworldreport/rankings/highschools/Oklahoma
US News and World Report High School rankings…
Edmond North (4)
Edmond Memorial (5)
Edmond Santa fe (7)
Moore High School (27)
Norman North (8)
Norman High (13)
Broken Arrow (41)
Note: As you will see from the master list, the top three Oklahoma high schools on the academic list are magnet or charter schools. Those guys play by a different set of enrollment rules…sort like Tulsa schools in football.