D.C. officials announced an idea Wednesday that has been years in the making: High school football teams across the city, from traditional public schools to public charter schools and private schools, will vie for a true city championship.
The format, set to begin this fall, will include 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 bracket opposite the DCIAA could include independent powers such as Friendship Collegiate, private schools such as St. John’s, Carroll and Gonzaga of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, St. Albans of the Interstate Athletic Conference, or Sidwell Friends and Maret of the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
The winner of the public charter school league, the Washington Charter School Athletic Association, if there is one next season, could be awarded an automatic bid into the four-team field. A power point system would determine which four teams would be selected.