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The Philadelphia Public League (PPL) is the interscholastic sports league for the public high schools of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The league traces its origin to 1901, with the formation of the Philadelphia Interscholastic League, a conference encompassing all the city's high schools, public and private. Prior to this, the public and private schools in the area had been competing among themselves for several years in a number of sports, including football and basketball. Basketball and track and field were the first recognized sports in 1901, but football, although not formally on the schedule, engaged all the same teams, and newspapers usually recognized the school with the best record as the informal interscholastic champion. In 1902, baseball and crew were added to the schedule.

History[edit]

Initially, the Public League comprised the four public schools that withdrew from the Interscholastic League—Central, Central Manual, Northeast, and Southern—as well as West Philadelphia High. Germantown Academy, a private school, joined a few years later. Overbrook, Frankford, Simon Gratz, Olney, and Roxborough would join the league over the next couple of decades.

Football, basketball, rifle, outdoor track, crew, and baseball were offered in the first school year of competition, 1911-12. Crew was especially popular in Philadelphia, as the University of Pennsylvania sponsored interscholastic meets for the sport and encouraged its adoption by the city high schools. Soccer and cross country were added just before World War I, and the 1920s saw the introduction of swimming, gymnastics, golf, and tennis. The league experimented with indoor track (1915–21), ice hockey (1922), and bowling (1930–32), but these sports drew insufficient interest to sustain them. Crew was dropped by the league in 1919, which was a great blow to Central High, which for decades had one of the strongest rowing programs in the country.

Members[edit]

The public school members in the Philadelphia Interscholastic League included Central High, Central Manual, and Northeast, in the first few years, and beginning in 1909 Southern. There were at least twelve different private schools that were members—secular, Quaker, and Catholic—and the most notable members were Brown Preparatory, Roman Catholic, Friends Central Select, and LaSalle. In 1911, the public school members withdrew from the league to form the Philadelphia High School League (later called the Philadelphia Public League).

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Chestnut Hill Local

Chestnut Hill Local
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:28:27 -0700

With just six players on hand, Gold's absent athletes included 6'2” post player Lauren Crisler (American U.), along with guard Jasmine Elum, one of the all-time leading scorers in the Philadelphia Public League. Team Neon Green was better off, with ...

The Philadelphia Tribune

The Philadelphia Tribune
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:56:15 -0700

The Philadelphia Public League Girl's Basketball Showcase was held at Simon Gratz High School on Saturday. There were two all-star games, which featured the top girls basketball players in the Public League. Joe Garrett, the head girl's basketball ...
 
PennLive.com
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:15:00 -0800

Shawn Witherspoon (24) and his La Salle College teammates aren't impacted by Philly's latest mess, but the Explorers will meet George Washington in District 12-AAAA's win-or-else third-place game on Thursday. (Mark Pynes, PennLive.com). By Michael ...

Bucks Local News

Bucks Local News
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:18:45 -0700

4 in a battle with Philadelphia Public League rival Kensington. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. at the Simon Gratz Supersite. Continued... 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · See Full Story. NOTES: Greiner is a 1993 graduate of Pennsbury and 1996 graduate of Millersville ...

Allentown Morning Call

Allentown Morning Call
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:33:45 -0700

"I'm very excited about it," Mosser said. Lancaster McCaskey was supposed to be one of the 48 teams in the tournament, but didn't show up for its scheduled game against North Hunterdon. Sankofa from Philadelphia Public League will replace McCaskey the ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:48:45 -0700

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 28: Sharrif Floyd #73 of the Minnesota Vikings attempts to block a pass from Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter on December 28, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by ...

Talk of the Sound

Talk of the Sound
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:00:00 -0700

He posted six double-digit scoring efforts including a breakthrough game against San Jose State where he was 8-for-10 from the field and finished with 19 points. Bessick was a Philadelphia Public League standout for Frankford High School before playing ...

Examiner.com

Examiner.com
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:41:10 -0800

In the Philadelphia Public League, 12 schools have qualified bowlers. Central leads all Public League schools, sending its boy team, one individual girl and four individual boys to regionals. Randolph has two individual boys participating and Girls ...
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