Five Public League schools drop football

Farragut's Armondo Cameron (45) breaks free from a tackle. Worsom Robinson/ For the Sun-Times.

Five Public League schools have dropped football for the upcoming season according to Chicago Public Schools football coordinator Jaton Jackson.

Chicago Tech, Douglass, Farragut, Gage Park and Uplift will not field football teams. All but Douglass were included on the Public League’s initial football schedule that was sent out in June. Jackson said an updated version will be released next week.

Douglass forfeited the season after six games last year. Farragut was 5-3 last season, Uplift 0-3 and Chicago Tech was 4-5.

More than a dozen Public League schools forfeited last season, which led to the CPS starting a flag football league. CPS mandates that teams need at least 22 players to play, which can be an issue for smaller schools.

Even some larger schools have struggled with getting enough players recently. Young forfeited last season, but will be back playing this year.

The Sun-Times and Daily Herald conducted a survey last year that revealed 87 public schools found an 18.7 percent drop since 2008 in the number of students playing high school football. At some schools the number of students playing football plummeted by 40 percent or more.

Read the full story: Friday night flight, high school football in Chicago area takes a hit


  • SimonSays

    If our skulls were clear, see thru, and we could see for ourselves the hundreds of sub concussive hits where the brain bangs back and forth we might see even more smart kids and parents saying enough is enough. You see, the rah rah of hearing your sons touch down is soon forgotten when he has his mood swings in class and issues with depressions, headaches, and learning issues, not to mention the likelihood of CTE.

  • Drmal

    @De there are no real attendance boundaries in CPS most kids leave their neighborhoods to go to school. Kids go to where the school is having the most success. Dunbar was good when it had the Mighty Men youth pipeline. They moved over to Phillips which gave to school a influx of talent quickly. The AUSL pipeline helped but Coach Troy and that staff won kids over before they had success. A lot of that staff worked in the school as teachers not security guards. And the principal was supportive of building a winning program from the time the school was turned around. But nonetheless 8 man is the answer because of declining enrollments and participation, for CPS, and rural schools and some of your low participating Catholic schools ie. Marian, St. Joseph, Leo, Hales

  • De H.S Game

    8 Man football should be the answer CPS had it before. Many kids have left cps and the ones that remain are going to the AUSL schools like Phillips and Solario. That is why schools like Hubbard who were good in the 90’s and early 2000’s are not as good. They are restricted to the attendance areas. Schools like Phillips, Solario and Orr have kids from all over the city. Case in point if Solario cut into Hubbards pool of athletes for football. Phillips cut into Dunbar’s pool ( some other factors as well).

  • drmal

    Why didn’ they just move to 6 or 8 man football. CPS sometimes I feel just don’t look for other alternatives. This will still give kids an opportunity to play contact football, and perhaps build a league. When other CPS schools can play 11 man they can move to the 6 or 8 until they build their numbers up, and kids can still perhaps earn a scholarship.

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