Washington HS boys basketball team honored by City of Houston for historic season

Two months after wrapping up an incredible history-making season, the Booker T. Washington High School boys basketball team was honored at Houston City Hall.

“I’m proud to be honoring such an outstanding school here in the city of Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

The Golden Eagles finished the season 29-8 and made it all the way to the final round of the 4A state tournament, becoming the first team in school history to compete in the UIL championship.

Technically, this was Washington’s third state tournament appearance. In 1946, the team competed in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL), as African American players were not allowed to compete in the UIL. In 1952, the team competed in its second state tournament against Wheatley High School.

“This is a great school to be a part of with its historical value, but most importantly, the students and the community in which we serve,” said Principal Dr. Carlos R. Phillips II.

To commemorate the honor, Turner and City Council Member Michael Kubosh presented to Phillips, Trustee Kathy Blueford-Daniels, Athletics Director Andre’ Walker, and the Washington High School boys basketball team with a proclamation officially making May 16, 2023, Booker T. Washington High School Boys Basketball Team Championship Day.

“It was a great season this year and I’m glad we’re here today,” said Head Coach Vincent Grayson, who was also selected as Houston Chronicle’s Co-Coach of the Year. “We came up a little short this season but, we’re going to try again next year.”

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