You Know the Schools. Now Meet the Men They're Named For.
Regular readers of high school sports coverage run across these names all the time: Hylton. Richard Montgomery. Spingarn. T.C. Williams. But how many fans know anything about the men these names belong to?
Pro teams have cities and nicknames, and most college names have a geographical element. High schools aren't always like that. Many high schools are named after obscure local historical figures, former school officials or community benefactors.
So who the heck are these guys?
Today we'll explore that through a simple test. Match the school with the description of the person the school is named after.
If you answer all eight correctly, you earn the right to treat yourself at the concession stand at the next game you attend. It's not quite the same as having a school named after you, but it's something.
1. Charles Herbert Flowers (Prince George's County)
2. Cecil Don Hylton (Prince William County)
3. Joel Elias Spingarn (the District)
4. William Francis Bullis (Montgomery County)
5. Thomas Chambliss Williams (Alexandria)
6. Richard Montgomery (Montgomery County)
7. Wilbert Tucker Woodson (Fairfax County)
8. Thomas Stone (Charles County)
A. This American general during the Revolutionary War led an army into Canada, where he captured two forts and Montreal. He was killed while attempting to capture Quebec during a heavy snowstorm. Towns, cities or counties are named after him in Alabama, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Sports hint: Former San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs manager Jim Riggleman is an alumnus of this school.
B. He served as superintendent of the school system in which his namesake school resides from 1929 to 1961. This school has several notable athletic alumni, including University of Michigan men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker, ex-NFL offensive lineman Andy Heck (Seahawks, Bears, Redskins), Olympic skater Michael Weiss and soccer pro Abe Thompson.
C. There was some concern when officials opted to name this school after a living person, breaking a school board rule. The honoree, a longtime resident, was a flight instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation's first black combat pilots, who served during World War II. When this high school opened, it was the first new high school in this jurisdiction in 24 years.
D. This planter and lawyer signed the Declaration of Independence as a delegate for the state in which his namesake school resides. He also worked on the committee that formed the Articles of Confederation.
E. This educator and literary critic helped found the NAACP and was one of the first Jewish leaders of the organization. In 1914, he established a medal in his name that is awarded annually for outstanding achievements by black Americans. Recipients include Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Bill Cosby, Colin Powell and Oprah Winfrey. The speech in which he said "I have a dream . . . of a unified Negro population" inspired Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in Washington in 1963.
F. He was superintendent of his school district from the 1930s until the mid-'60s. The school that bears his name is one of the most diverse in the area, yet the man the school is named after opposed school desegregation in the 1950s to the point that he fired a black cafeteria worker who sought to enroll her children in the district's all-white schools. Sports hint: The son of a former football coach at the school is one of the top running backs in the NFL; this coach founded a high school program in Maryland that won three state titles.
G. This sod farmer turned real estate developer turned philanthropist donated the land for the school that bears his name and built much of the community that surrounds the school. He was considered private and elusive and was dubbed the Howard Hughes of his community -- and he left a $200 million estate.
H. This man, a Navy commander, founded this school, first located in Washington, in 1930 as a preparatory school for the U.S. Naval Academy. He lived to participate in the school's 50th anniversary festivities. When the school was a prep school, many athletes played there only one postgraduate year. Former athletes include ex-NBA coach Doug Moe (Spurs, Nuggets, Sixers) and several former NFL players, including Jake Scott (Dolphins, Redskins), Bob Windsor (49ers, Patriots) and Tom Brown, one of two men to have played in a major league baseball game (Senators' Opening Day first baseman in 1963) and a Super Bowl (Packers defensive back in 1967 and '68). Deion Sanders is the other.
Answers: 1-C, 2-G, 3-E, 4-H, 5-F, 6-A, 7-B, 8-D.