Springarn Wins Last Home Game

Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:48 AM EDT
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Spingarn High School's storied basketball team played their last home game Thursday night.

Spingarn is one of 15 D.C. schools slated to close at the end of the school year because of low enrollment. But for decades, the Green Wave were known for their strong academics and athletics.

The school had impressive alumni including NBA greats Elgin Baylor, who played 13 seasons for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers, and Dave Bing, who played for the Detroit Pistons before serving as mayor of Detroit.

Other noteable alumni include Sherman Douglas, who played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers; and Willie Royster, who played catcher for the Baltimore Orioles in 1981.

The D.C. school district plans to close, consolidate or reform schools to save an estimated $20 million initially and about $8.5 million in each of the following years. The cuts, however, are not just to save money but to consolidate enrollment in higher-performing schools, the district has said.

Springarn did go out on top; they beat Luke C Moore High school, 72-60.

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