The Afro Check-In: The Football Flap Over St. Frances Academy
And now, it’s time for The Afro Check-In, a regular feature here on Midday where we sit down with our colleagues at The Afro-American Newspaper to talk about some of the important stories of the day.
St. Frances Academy is a high school in East Baltimore that over the past few years has become a football powerhouse. Ranked 4th in the country, they finished last season with a perfect 13-0 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship. They’re good. And now, most of the teams in the MIAA contend that they’re too good, and they’re refusing to play them next season.
The other Catholic and independent schools in the area frame their decision to take St. Frances off of their schedules as a safety issue. Others see it as an attempt to isolate the area’s only predominantly Black Catholic school.