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North Polars are state champs

For the second time in 2016, the North Community High Polars brought home a state championship trophy.

The North football team bested Rushford-Peterson 30-14 on Nov. 26 to win the Class 1A Prep Bowl.

This is the first Minneapolis Public Schools Prep Bowl win in nearly half a century, and the first Prep Bowl to be held in the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Last spring, the Polars earned victory in the Class A state basketball championship. The win gave North its sixth state basketball championship – and its first since 2003.  

North quarterback Ahzerik Rodgers runs in open field during the team’s Prep Bowl victory over Rushford-Peterson. ©2016 Steve Kotvis, f/go (www.f-go.us)

North quarterback Ahzerik Rodgers runs in open field during the team’s Prep Bowl victory over Rushford-Peterson. ©2016 Steve Kotvis, f/go (www.f-go.us)

The wins come as the school is making a major comeback after nearly being shuttered in 2010. Enrollment and graduation rates are at six-year highs; more than 70 percent of students graduated on time in 2015. Last year, 100 percent of North seniors participating in athletics graduated on time and with an average of a “B” GPA. In addition, the school now boasts two learning academies – the North Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (NSTEM) Academy and the Academy of Arts and Communications.

 

November 28, 2016
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