The Boys of Dunbar: The Story of the Greatest High School Basketball Team by Alejandro DanoisThe inspiring true story of a high-school basketball team that overcame desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore to produce four NBA players and give hope to a neighborhood and a city, thanks to a remarkable coach who relentlessly pursued perfection.
As the crack epidemic swept across inner-city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Baltimore were crime ridden. For poor kids from the housing projects, the future looked bleak. But basketball could provide the quickest ticket out, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship and perhaps even play in the NBA.
Dunbar High School had one of the most successful basketball programs, not only in Baltimore but in the entire country, and in the early 1980s, the Dunbar Poets were arguably the best high school team of all time. Four starting players—Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis—would eventually play in the NBA, an unheard-of success rate. In The Boys of Dunbar, Alejandro Danois takes us through the 1981-1982 season with the Poets as the team conquered all its opponents. But more than that, he takes us into the lives of these kids, and especially of Coach Bob Wade, a former NFL player from the same neighborhood who knew that the basketball court, and the lessons his players would learn there, held the key to the future.
Drawing on interviews with Coach Wade, Muggsy Bogues, and others, The Boys of Dunbar is a remarkable testament to the power of dedication, inspiration, and teamwork. It is an ode to an extraordinary coach, a father figure who had lived the life of his players years before and who turned a dream into reality.
1985 McDonald's High School Basketball All-American Game
This can mainly be attributed to the Dunbar team, which is widely recognized as one of, if not, the best high basketball team ever. The year before, the Dunbar Poets, under the leadership of head coach Bob Wade, finished with a record, following their Baltimore City championship victory.
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Driving through East Baltimore, amid the despair of antiquated housing projects and the imposing dungeon like presence of the Maryland State Penitentiary, you may come across an unassuming building on the corner of Orleans and Caroline Streets. While the State Prison is often a grim reminder of the pitfalls and misfortunes to be had on the rough streets of Baltimore, the building that more resembles an industrial warehouse, than an institution of learning, has produced some of the greatest basketball players in the world.
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