In 1955 Crispus Attucks High School was known as Indianapolis’s school for African American students. Their basketball team, the Tigers became the first all-black school in the nation to win a state title. They won another championship in 1956, and it was the first Indiana high school team to complete a season undefeated.
They didn’t do this without difficulty. In the face of unimaginable racism, coach Ray Crowe insisted that the team resist the urge to retaliate and focus all their energy on the court.
Watch this video to learn more about the Crispus Attucks Tigers, here.
In September, October and November, the Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “civility,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.