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Athletics

Photo of a male student football player wearing a white and orange Coolidge High School helmet and jersey on the football field.

DCPS is committed to the development of the entire student, both academically and athletically. We encourage participation and help student-athletes develop according to their individual interests and abilities.

The Department of Athletics is committed to a sound interscholastic program (i.e., competitive sports). There are four key reasons for establishing a sound athletic program:

  • Reinforce the concept that interscholastic athletics is a vital, integral part of the total school educational program.
  • Reinforce standards of scholarship, sportsmanship, and amateurism.
  • Promote and develop educational leadership, physical fitness, athletic excellence and sports participation.
  • Initiate, stimulate and conduct interscholastic athletic programs for student-athletes.

About Us

The District of Columbia Public Schools Department of Athletics oversees all athletics for grades 4-12. DCPS students play within the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA). The office is responsible for verifying eligibility, scheduling of events, scheduling of transportation, and coordination of officials.

Additionally, our Director of Athletics serves as the Executive Director representing the District of Columbia as a member of the National Federation of High Schools. In this capacity responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the sanctioning of all high schools in the District of Columbia.

Mission

The DCIAA provides a wide variety of opportunities for students to participate in activities that:

  • promote growth and development;
  • teach social, recreational, and leadership skills;
  • develop the qualities of good citizenship and sportsmanship;
  • allow students to prosper in a strong educational environment.

Our Goals Are to Provide:

  • A comprehensive athletic program for student-athletes in grades 4-12
  • Appropriate game officials and security
  • Athletic health care services for all participating students and schools
  • Proper and safe athletic equipment and supplies for schools
  • Sport clinics for student-athletes and coaches to refine their skills and techniques
  • Safe transportation for all participants

Consent to Participate

Prior to participation in athletic programs, students (18 years of age or older) and the parents/guardians of minor student athletes are required to sign this: 

Contacts

Interim Director of Athletics
Mr. Reginald Ballard
(202) 729-3289
[email protected]

Associate Athletic Director
Mr. Chaz Green
(202) 671-2102
[email protected]

Compliance Coordinator
Mr. Michael Bryant
(202) 671-2104
[email protected]

Assistant Athletic Director
Ms. Shontee Bryant
(202) 729-3298
[email protected]

Assistant Athletic Director
Ms. Dionne Johnson
(202) 671-3026
[email protected]

Assistant Athletic Director
Mr. Dwayne Foster
(202) 729-3799
[email protected]

Athletics Coordinator
Mrs. Peggy Branch-McCaskill
(202) 729-3288
[email protected]

Lead Athletic Trainer
Ms. Jamila Watson
(202) 671-3008
[email protected]

Contact TTY: 
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