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When did newspapers start covering high school sports?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BertoltBrecht, May 14, 2009.

  1. BertoltBrecht

    BertoltBrecht Member

    Sorry if this has been asked before. I have a feeling this phenomenon is less than 20 years old. Can anyone trace this back to its origin?
  2. Hell, no. I've done research back to the 1920s, '30s and before that had preps galore.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Easily back to the 20s and 30s

    (And, no, I was not covering until the 70s)
  4. gottawrite

    gottawrite Member

    My guess is that it started when high schools started playing football.
  5. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    I've seen old clippings of when my grandpa played high school basketball and that was 1928. If anything, they used to get covered in greater depth 40, 30 years ago, when papers had a lot more space. At my old place, it was an afternoon paper in the 1950s and '60s and they'd have 10-inch stories on 15, 20 games a night.
  6. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Most. Inaccurate. Guess. Ever?
  7. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    I have a feeling that Dustin Hoffman was in Star Wars. True or false?
  8. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    True. He was the soprano sax player in the cantina band.

    Little known fact.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Was there televised sports before ESPN?
  10. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Trust your instincts - you were right on. The first recorded coverage of high school sports by a newspaper was USA Today's coverage of the 1990 McDonald's All-America basketball game. Shawn Bradley won the MVP. Before that, no word was ever written about any high school athlete ever.

    You nailed it.
  11. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    In Chicago, it goes back at least as far as the 1890s.
  12. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Was the world black and white in the 50's?
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