According to the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) , Manhattan High School did complete with other schools in the sport of boys basketball. It is probable that baseball
and track were offered as well. We are searching for the team mascot, uniform colors, season records, coach's names,
and individual accomplishments of the athletes and teams in Manhattan High School history.
We are certain the Manhattan High School boys competed in boys
basketball. Games were played in the Grange Hall
on Jessie Street. The basketball teams experienced hard luck on
the court, largely due to the school only being a 2-year one playing against much larger schools. That being noted, a dubious
record held is held by one of the teams.
According to the IHSA boys basketball
record books (http://www.ihsa.org/activity/bkb/records/ateam.htm, Manhattan High School played in a District Tournament game against Harvey Thornton on February 27, 1936. To say
the least, this was an incredible mismatch. Harvey Thornton was a school SEVERAL times larger than Manhattan. which
at that time may have only been a two or three-year high school. Harvey Thornton won the state champioinship in 1933
and finished second in 1934 and 1935! The outcome was never in doubt in this one with Harvey Thornton taking the contest 125
- 8. The game is considered one of the most lopsided contests in IHSA history, setting the following standards
that still exist today (the number at the beginning in parenthesis is what number the game is all-time in this category):
MOST POINTS IN A HALF - ONE TEAM
[15.] 77, Harvey (Thornton)
vs. Manhattan, Feb. 27, 1936 (district, 2nd half)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY
[11.] 117, Harvey (Thornton)
(125) vs. Manhattan (8), Feb. 27, 1936 (district)
We know this is a low-light in the school's
history. It is likely that Manhattan High School had some very proud moments in its short basketball history.
If you have any information to share regarding the Manhattan High School basketball program, please do not hesitate to contact
us via the means listed at the end of this page.
We would bet that many things were
offered at Manhattan High School. School dances, plays, clubs, and academics were all probably a very integral part of the
Manhattan High School experience.
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