Private schools rise in athletic prowess

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 27, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Wealthy boosters have helped pave the way to increasing athletic success by private schools.

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wizard25May. 29, 13 1:01 PM

Let's look at hockey for example. Throw out Edina/and now EP, maybe an occasional Warroad and the tournaments are always won by Private schools who recruit hockey players to win. The sad thing is these players are being classroom taught by lesser quality teachers. What are these parents thinking??

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jpjc54May. 29, 13 8:47 AM

There is no benefit to attempting to create a divide between public and private education opportunities. Public or private people will support good schools that deliver exceptional results.

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Jsep20May. 28, 1310:54 PM

Typical Star Tribune manufacturing smoke where there is no fire. So you're telling me that kids who grow up in wealthy families have more opportunities for success? Wow... That is some top-notch, ground breaking journalism. How about writing something expressing gratitude that we live in a country with the standard of living to support organized sports in the first place?

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ctlenarzMay. 28, 13 3:03 PM

@ Patty Studsrud - Eden Prairie doesn't make it harder for small schools to succeed as they play with schools of similar size.

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peastman1May. 28, 1310:51 AM

The focus should be on education but if the goal is good sports teams then private schools and booster clubs are doing it the right way. They fund it themselves. Don't ask the taxpayers to fund extravagant scoreboards, stadiums, and ice time for the hockey team. In Chanhassen the tax payers pay for all of that.

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kzmannMay. 28, 13 9:37 AM

When in all of History has the poor had the same choices as the rich.It's just not the way it is.I don't think it can be changed.There's no way to make everyone equal financially.So, maybe a cap on what can be spent and that's it,any extra goes into a pot for the whole team.I don't know.If your looking for fair,something has to be done.

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shock4321May. 28, 13 8:05 AM

My children live and go to school in one of the western suburbs mentioned in the articles. We can barely afford to play sports because of the cost - donors or not. It would be over $700 for summer baseball and softball isn't much better. And that's just the participation fee, add to the traveling and tournaments, equipment (thank goodness for Play it Again Sports!) Plus many parents want to travel out of state for tournaments and games but we can not afford that. Even within our community its the haves and the have nots - and the haves are the ones pushing the agenda. I HATE that my kids can't play certain sports because of cost. But that's the world these coaches and parents have created - they love the elitist approach.

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jdlellis1May. 27, 1310:55 PM

ssptechdude, The MSHSL sponsors approximately 35 different programs in arts, athletics, academics as well as programs for those with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Focusing solely on one event appears to be a bit short sited.

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livefreeordMay. 27, 13 9:48 PM

sme6s - School vouchers? What in the world are you talking about? There's no such thing, at least in this state. Worse than that, you think that public education is a foundation of our democracy. Wrong in so many ways. 1st, we've a republic, not a democracy. There's a big difference. 2nd, public education is a foundation for socialism and communism. It is antithetical to a free market economy and free people. You seem to think that somehow successful private schools negatively impact public schools. If anything, I'd think that successful private schools would cause public schools to try to compete and improve. Why don't we encourage more success and discourage the failing public schools?

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ssptechdudeMay. 27, 13 9:43 PM

I look forward to the next creation of an all-Catholic athletic conference. I think that Cretin, Grace, St. Thomas, Holy Angels, Benilde should be playing football together.

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