The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has announced new sanctions against Dayton Public Schools, stemming from a fight between two DPS schools during a JV basketball game in January.
Dunbar’s Boys Basketball Team is ineligible for post-season play for the 2018-19 season, plus the school will be on probation until 2022. The sanctions also includes all DPS schools that will be on probation until 2020.
DPS was already on probation for a high school football scandal the year before-
- $10,000 fine issued to the Dayton Public School District
- three years probation for all Dayton Public School
- public reprimand
- the requirement that DPS athletic administrators attend required meetings with the OHSAA compliance staff.
- if further violations of the same nature occur while the district is on probation, the membership status of all member Dayton Public Schools could be pulled.
- If there are no further violations by the Dayton Public School District, one year of probation will be rescinded and $2,500 of the fine shall be refunded.
New cell phone video evidence was sent to the OHSAA recently that showed more details on t fight between Dunbar and Thurgood Marshall JV teams in January.
During that fight, players were viewed leaving the bench during the fight, they were assessed two-game suspensions. One player in question played in a varsity tournament game, but did not sit out the two-game suspension. That is when the OHSAA removed Dunbar from this year’s state basketball tournament, but won a court hearing and was allowed to play beating Bishop Fenwick to advance, before losing to Cincinnati Woodward in the next game.
DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli apologized to students, players and staff at Thurgood Marshall and Bishop Fenwick High Schools, saying the school system acted on the information it had at the time. Based on the new information, Lolli admits DPS would’ve made a different decision in terms of appealing the OHSAA’s initial removal of Dunbar from the state tournament.
In addition to other sanctions announced Thursday, DPS must also reimburse the OHSAA for the cost of the court proceeding in March.
Dr. Lolli says changes will take place in the near future in the athletic department.