High school football teams in the District could vie for a true city championship as early as this fall, according to a proposal by statewide athletic director Clark Ray.
The proposal includes a four-team playoff of public charter schools, independent schools and private schools, with the winner to meet the champion of the Turkey Bowl, the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title game traditionally held on Thanksgiving Day.
The city-wide championship game is proposed for nine days later, on Dec. 1. The proposal would have to be approved by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) with the blessing of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and D.C. Public Schools, Ray said. Gray has been pushing to include the growing public charter schools in city-wide athletics next school year.
Students enrolled at public charter schools make up 41 percent of total D.C. public school enrollment.
“Everyone is interested in playing for a ‘state title,’ ” Ray said. “There is a lot of excitement, especially in the football community,” he added.