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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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The Philly Soccer Page
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:44:19 -0700

Photo: Roman seniors Diego Ramirez, going to play at Cabrini, and Mariano Cepeda, going to play at Holy Family, along with Roman assistant coach Jerry Brindisi. A quick note: The Philadelphia Public League has three divisions, with the top two teams ...
 
Bucks Local News
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Don't read too much into that, however, because GW is projected as the Philadelphia Public League favorite with several D-1 recruits. Truman came up just short against Upper Dublin last week, but did not show the ability to drive the ball with much ...
 
The Philadelphia Tribune
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:38:14 -0700

Hyrnko and teammate Keisha Hampton, a Triple Threat alum and DePaul graduate, teamed up to win the 2008 Philadelphia Public League championship at E&SHS. Hyrnko was named co-MVP of the 2008 Public League Championship and later named the ...

Philly.com

Philly.com
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:56:15 -0700

KIPP is the first team Mansion will play in its own, small-school, Philadelphia Public League AA division. Mansion has only 200 or so male students, a tiny pool of potential talent. Assistant Coach Derrick Lewis-El, a health and physical education ...
 
The Trentonian
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:52:30 -0700

Don't read too much into that, however, because GW is projected as the Philadelphia Public League favorite with several D-1 recruits. Truman came up just short against Upper Dublin last week, but did not show the ability to drive the ball with much ...
 
City of Basketball Love
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:01:10 -0700

Watkins recently joined the program upon transferring from Math, Civics & Sciences High School in the Philadelphia Public League. At 6-foot-9, Watkins will instantly join Mustapha Traore – one of just two returning players on the roster – to form a ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:14:17 -0700

They made history in becoming the first Philadelphia Public League team to reach the state championship. They finished 13-3, scoring 40 or more points in 11 of 16 games. What's more is Imhotep returns a loaded team with many of last year's holdovers, ...
 
GameTimePA
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 04:15:00 -0700

Frankford of the Philadelphia Public League always has some good athletes, but it was ripped by Downingtown East, 45-6, last week. It also lost its star player, highly-recruited Division 1 lineman Shareef Miller, when he transferred during the off season.
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