Schools from coast to coast highlight the SI ranking
1. PUNAHOU ( Honolulu) Enrollment: 1,732
The Buff 'n Blue won 16 state titles in sports ranging from boys' air riflery to girls' canoe paddling to wrestling to girls' water polo; 12 seniors received Division I athletic scholarships.
2. MATER DEI ( Santa Ana, Calif.) Enrollment: 2,300
At any other school the news that 19 seniors earned D-I scholarships would be the headline accomplishment. For the Monarchs, however, the junior class gets top billing. After leading the football team to the state quarterfinals, quarterback Matt Barkley, who will follow Mater Dei alumnus Matt Leinart's path to USC, became the first Gatorade Football Player of the Year who was not a senior. Forwards Travis and David Wear, twins who committed early to UNC, starred for the state hoops titlists.
3. TUPELO (Miss.) Enrollment: 1,867
While the Golden Wave won state championships in boys' bowling, swimming and golf, and boys' and girls' cross-country and tennis this year, baseball is still the school's dominant sport. Seniors Kyle Thornton, an Ole Miss signee with a 90-mph fastball, and Stanford-bound pitcher-outfielder Gardner Richey have Tupelo chasing a third state title.
4. Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) Enrollment: 3,279
Stanford-bound forward and Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year Nneka Ogwumike, who averaged 18.2 points, led the Bobcats to a 39--2 record and the girls' state title. Among other standouts are Michigan signee Sam McGuffie, a running back, and UCLA-bound Jennifer Lamb, the Region 5 girls' swimmer of the year.
5. Rockhurst ( Kansas City, Mo.) Enrollment: 1,055
Though best known for its 10 straight state tennis titles, the all-boys school this year won in football, soccer, swimming and golf. The lacrosse team is 16--8 and favored to win a third state crown, and a school-record 39 track and field athletes went to the Kansas Relays.
6. POLY ( Long Beach, Calif.) Enrollment: 4,700
If you think Poly is just a football power, think again. Yes, the Jackrabbits had 13 seniors sign D-I football letters of intent, but the girls' basketball team stood taller: 6'1" forward Jasmine Dixon, a Rutgers signee, topped off her Poly career with a third straight state title.
7. AMERICAN HERITAGE (Plantation, Fla.) Enrollment: 1,178
Loaded with 15 major-college scholarship athletes, the Patriots won state championships in girls' tennis, golf and softball, plus boys' soccer (for the second straight year) and a bunch of regional and district titles. Defender Shawn Barry, a member of the under-18 national soccer team, is a Virginia signee.
8. BISHOP GORMAN ( Las Vegas) Enrollment: 1,100
Six players were named all-state after the Gaels finished 13--0 and won their first Nevada football championship in 24 years. The boys' soccer team was tops in the state for the second straight year, but it was the baseball team and the girls' hoopsters who reigned supreme, both adding their third consecutive titles.
9. DON BOSCO (Ramsey, N.J.) Enrollment: 900
Talk about a crowded trophy case: The football team went 12--0 en route to its 10th state title; the cross-country team won the state championship; and the all-boys prep school racked up county titles in basketball, bowling, indoor track, soccer, swimming and wrestling. At week's end the baseball team (23--0) was ranked fifth in the nation by USA Today.