Who is number 1? We select the best high school programs in all sports.


The 2021-22 high school sports season meant more to student-athletes and coaches than usual. After the previous two campaigns were canceled or shortened due to the pandemic, this past school year has seen many teenagers fully explore their passions, get back to normal and, in some cases, compete for championships. .

To celebrate the first full year of competition in the DC area since 2018-19, The Washington Post collected data across all sports to determine the most successful sports programs. Evaluating championship wins and appearances, All-Met teams, rankings, records, competitive strength and more, The Post tracked the region’s best comprehensive sports program in five categories:

  • dc public school
  • Maryland Public School
  • virginia public school
  • Private school (boys)
  • Private school (girls)

DC Public School: Jackson-Reed

The Jackson-Reed Tigers, formerly known as the Wilsons, have long been the public program to beat in the nation’s capital. This past school year was no different; the Tenleytown school has won double-digit conference titles in the DC Interscholastic Athletic Association. Highlights included the softball team’s 100th straight victory in the DC Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game, with the men’s basketball program producing All-Met Player of the Year and Virginia Tech signee Darren Buchanan Jr. and the boys rowing team heading to the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England after scoring victories at the Stotesbury Cup and Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships.

Honorable mention: Bell, Dunbar, School Without Walls, Theodore Roosevelt

Maryland Public School: Severna Park

The Anne Arundel County Powerhouse has won state championships in men’s cross country, field hockey, boys’ indoor and outdoor track and field, and men’s lacrosse. The Falcons were state finalists in baseball, women’s lacrosse and softball. All of their titles have come in 4A or 3A, the highest ratings in Maryland, and capped dominant seasons. In cross country and indoor and outdoor track nationals, Severna Park beat the runner-up by double digits, including a 39-point differential in the 4A cross country final. In field hockey, the Falcons won their record 25th Maryland title by defeating their six playoff opponents 25-1. Severna Park also continued to make history in men’s lacrosse, securing its sixth straight state crown.

Honorable mention: Churchill, Glenelg, North, Poolesville

Virginia Public School: Madison

June 11 was the last day of the spring sports schedule in Virginia, and for the Madison Warhawks, it provided an exclamation point to an impressive school year. The men’s lacrosse and softball teams won Class 6 championships that day, adding more material to an overloaded trophy case. Junior Simone Bergeron also won the class 6 title in girls’ singles in the spring. In the winter, the girls’ basketball program finished a three-time state championship behind first-team All-Met twins Alayna and Grace Arnolie. Prior to any of these feats, the football team emerged from a crowded and talented group of homegrown contenders to finish second in Class 6.

Honorable mention: Battlefield, Langley, Riverside, Stone Bridge, Yorktown

Private school (girls): Sidwell Friends

Sidwell Friends progressed this school year from a consistently good sports program to one that deserved and received national attention. Much of that momentum came from the women’s basketball team, which spent much of the winter ranking among the top teams in the country. The Quakers lived up to that reputation at home and abroad, winning their conference and state titles before traveling to Florida to win the inaugural State Champions Invitational, capping a 30-0 campaign. Guard Kiki Rice, who will play at UCLA this winter, has earned All-Met Player of the Year honors and multiple National Player of the Year honors. Joining the basketball team with success was the girls’ soccer team, which Rice helped win a DC State Athletic Association title in the fall. The women’s tennis program also won the Independent Schools League.

Honorable Mention: Bishop Spalding, Bishop O’Connell, Georgetown Visitation, St. John’s

Private school (boys): St. John’s

Cadets have fought in nearly every sport in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference while winning five men’s championships in the top-tier league. The Northwest Washington school also added four titles in statewide tournaments. Highlights of those successes have been undefeated football and lacrosse teams. In the fall, the football team finished 11-0 while beating opponents in one of the most competitive leagues in the country by an average of 17 points. Four football players have earned first-team All-Met honors. In the spring, the lacrosse team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by multiple national polls after capping a 19-0 season with its second WCAC crown. This team generated three first-team All-Met players. The cadets also finished atop the local Post hockey rankings. They won the WCAC and Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League titles, and senior Andrew Kurowski was named All-Met Player of the Year. In cross country, St. John’s won the WCAC and DCSAA titles by at least 22 points. The cadets added DCSAA crowns in indoor and outdoor athletics led by Joshua Thompson, a Stanford football signee who received first-team All-Met honors in football, indoor track and outdoor track.

Honorable mention: Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga, Sidwell Friends, St. Albans

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