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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.


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.


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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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:00:48 -0700

Tomorrow Furness will playing re match against Ben Franklin at home at 10th and Bigger street after defeat B Division Champs of 2014-15 Philadelphia Public league boys soccer over Ben Franklin with 3-1 score by contributing goals by different players.

The Philly Soccer Page

The Philly Soccer Page
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:59:42 -0700

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:41:15 -0700

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The Philadelphia Tribune

The Philadelphia Tribune
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:04:44 -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 ...

The Philly Soccer Page

The Philly Soccer Page
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:48:45 -0700

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Mon, 07 Sep 2015 16:15:27 -0700

I used to read in The Inquirer about players from the Philadelphia Public League, but never saw those games. George brought to the Narberth League many of the best area high school players, from the Public and Catholic Leagues. You could consider this ...
Bucks County Courier Times (subscription)
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:22:30 -0700

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