Tradition of Excellence
In 1957, the DeMatha varsity baseball team won the school's first conference championship title. More victories followed, and then, on January 30, 1965, the national spotlight shined brightly on DeMatha and has remained ever since.
The 1964-65 Stag's varsity basketball team, led by a young coach named Morgan Wootten, upset the seemingly unbeatable Power Memorial (NY) and their senior center Lew Alcindor (later, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). The victory, in front of a sold out crowd at Maryland's Cole Field House, broke Power's 71 game winning streak and is considered one of the most legendary high school basketball games in scholastic history. DeMatha was on the national map.
Since 1969, DeMatha athletic teams have won over 150 championships in 11 sports. DeMatha's athletic program was ranked #2 in the entire country in 2005 and 2007 by SI.com (Sports Illustrated), based on championships and athletic scholarships to college. DeMatha varsity teams consistently win six or seven championships or more every year in the very competitive Washington area. Each coach emphasizes preparation, respect, fair play and teamwork on the playing field and the importance of academic success and growth in the classroom. Student-athletes play and work to their potential.
DeMatha coaches also hold summer camps for young athletes of all ages and coaching clinics throughout the year to share their successful techniques. After successful high school and college careers, DeMatha graduates often continue to play and coach at the highest levels.
DeMatha Athletics -- A Tradition of Excellence