The Capital of Basketball: A History of DC Area High School Hoops
by John McNamara
foreword by Gary Williams
afterword by Andrea Chamblee
with Andrea Chamblee and David Elfin
Georgetown University Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-62616-720-9 | Paper: 978-1-64712-147-1
Library of Congress Classification GV885.73.W18M36 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.32309753


The celebration of Washington D.C. basketball is long overdue. The D.C. metro area stands second to none in its contributions to the game. Countless figures who have had a significant impact on the sport over the years have roots in the region, including E.B. Henderson, the first African-American certified to teach public school physical education, and Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to take the court in an actual NBA game. The city's Spingarn High School produced two players – Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing – recognized among the NBA’s 50 greatest at the League’s 50th anniversary celebration. No other high school in the country can make that claim.These figures and many others are chronicled in this book, the first-ever comprehensive look at the great high school players, teams and coaches in the D.C. metropolitan area. Based on more than 150 interviews, The Capital of Basketball is first and foremost a book about basketball. But in discussing the trends and evolution of the game, McNamara also uncovers the turmoil in the lives of the players and area residents as they dealt with prejudice, educational inequities, politics, and the ways the area has changed through the years.

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