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Monday, November 30, 2015
Chicago's First Football State Champions - AUSL's Wendell Phillips Wildcats
WENDELL PHILLIPS WILDCATS BECOME FIRST EVER CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL TO
CAPTURE STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A 51-7 WIN
AUSL's Wendell Phillips Academy Wildcats Finish Undefeated Season With History Making Performance
School Will Hold Celebratory Prep Rally on Wednesday, December 2, at 2:30 P.M.
CHICAGO – In the first 40 years that the
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) held statewide playoff football
competition, no team from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were crowned
champions. The Wendell Phillips Academy High School Wildcats broke
that trend with an overwhelming 51-7 victory in the class 4A finals
against an undefeated Belleville Althoff Catholic High School on Friday,
November 27, 2015.
“Before today, no Chicago Public Schools football team had ever won a
state title. Tonight, the Phillips Academy Wildcats ended that streak.
They have proven to be the true definition of perseverance and
determination. Tonight, we celebrate them not only as the pride of
Bronzeville, but all of Chicago. Congratulations to Coach Troy
McAllister and his team on not only a perfect season, but on securing a
spot in Illinois' sports history," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement released Friday night.
The team’s success is the culmination of a transformation of the school by the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). Since
the fall of 2010, Phillips has been managed by AUSL, a nonprofit CPS
school management organization that creates schools of excellence by
developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational
outcomes for students in what once were CPS' lowest performing schools.
On their most recent ACT, Phillips students scored higher than at any
point in the past 15 years and last year 100 percent of the senior class
applied and were accepted to college with more than $5 million in
scholarship offers. The football program was also transformed with only a
dozen students in the program in 2010 to now involving more than 90.
"This team went out on Friday night to make a statement, which was
excellence is achievable for anyone that devotes themselves to a goal. "
said Mike Koldyke, AUSL’s Founder and Chairman
Emeritus. "AUSL creates educational equity by asking students to show us
what they are capable of and giving them the tools to accomplish it.
The 2015 Phillips’ Wildcats are a prime example of what the young people
of Chicago can do when given the chance.”
Phillips dominated the 4A IHSA Football Championship, held at NIU’s
Husky Stadium in DeKalb Il., with an entire team effort. The team only
allowed one early touchdown and then went on to score 51
unanswered points led by quarterback Quayvon Skanes’ one passing and
four rushing touchdowns.
"All year I have felt that these student athletes knew they were a part
of something much larger than themselves and were playing to show the
world what this school and community represents," said Wendell Phillips
Head Football Coach Troy McAllister. "This win is a
product of the remarkable transformation of Wendell Phillips Academy and
was made possible by the support of our student body, dedicated
teachers and the entire city of Chicago."
The Wildcats were led by 19 seniors all of whom are on track to
graduate and several of them that are being recruited to play at the
collegiate level. The team has a number of players who are highly sought
after by colleges on its roster including Linebacker Amani Jones who has committed to the University of Iowa, Wide Receiver Quayvon Skanes who has committed to the University of Connecticut and Defensive End Amir Watts who is uncommitted but is being recruited by several D1 programs.
About The Academy for Urban School Leadership
AUSL is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates
schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and
transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing
AUSL was founded in 2001 and today manages 32 Chicago Public Schools
serving more than 18,000 students. Over 880 teachers have graduated from
the AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency™.