High School Basketball in Greater Dayton
by Fred Hess and Ron Brookey
Dayton's history of championship teams began when Stivers High School won a mythical Ohio High School State Championship in 1916.
Records of winners were not recognized by the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) until 1923, but the Stivers teams in prior years
were known to be included in many national tournaments held in Chicago.
After its 1924 team was recognized as State Class A Champions, the Stivers teams of 1928,1929 and 1930 were the only teams to win the
OHSAA State Championship three years in a row, a record that still stands.
Our area is well represented by High School State Championship basketball teams.
Boys - Roosevelt, Roth, Dunbar, Belmont, Alter, Chaminade, Chaminade-Julienne, Northridge, Jefferson and Beavercreek
Girls - Beavercreek, Chaminade-Julienne and Dunbar
State Champiionship categories have changed over the years as follows:
1923-1956 A, B
1957-1970 AA, A
1971-1987 AAA, AA, A
1988 to present I, II, III, IV