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February 6, 2009 6:00 AM

ESPN the High School


Do you remember the Pythagorean theorem? How about the Seventh Amendment? Now try this: Who won Super Bowl XXV? I assume the majority of those reading this have a better chance of answering the third question correctly than the first two. So imagine if your entire high school was geared toward sports.

From the Associated Press:

ESPN and the New York City Department of Education are teaming up to create a new high school focusing on the business side of sports. The Business of Sports School, or BOSS, will open in September with 81 ninth grade students.

The school plans to emphasize real world skills through mandatory internships at companies like ESPN The Magazine, ABC Sports, and VitaminWater.

The school is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's push to modernize outdated vocational or trade schools.


But before you try to find where to sign your kid up, there's some bad news. When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Darren Rovell of CNBC looked into the AP’s report and called a contact at ESPN who said, "Reports suggesting ESPN is launching a high school are overstated. ESPN the Magazine has made a non-financial commitment to help develop a curriculum, in addition to providing other volunteer-based support."

This hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming about the potential of ESPN High. Check out some of the classes they will be offering this year. You just better hope Tony Reali isn’t grading your test. His scoring system is pretty much completely random.

Classes begin with Stephen A. Smith teaching Public Speaking.

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