Imhotep Charter is, year-in and year-out, one of Philadelphia’s most successful high school basketball programs. Since joining the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) in 2004, the Panthers boast a 379-84 record. Over those 15 seasons, Imhotep has won eight Philadelphia Public League, five city and seven PIAA Class 4A state championships.
And at the helm since 2004 has been head coach Andre Noble, who has led Imhotep to 14 consecutive 20-win seasons, a Philadelphia high school record. In addition, Imhotep has had over 25 NCAA Division I signees during that time. Last season’s state championship team graduated Donta Scott (University of Maryland), Dahmir Bishop (Xavier University) and Chereef Knox (Saint Joseph’s University). Other former players now on college teams are Daron “Fatts” Russell (University of Rhode Island), David Beatty (LaSalle University) and Bernard Lightsey (Lincoln University).
Leading this year’s squad is senior forward Elijah Taylor, who has committed to the University of Notre Dame. At 6’ 8” and 215 pounds, Taylor brings size, strength and defense around the basket. Others to watch are 6’ 6” senior forward Kamrohn Roundtree and senior guard Sami Wylie. Both have improved and provide leadership for this edition of the Panthers. A young core led by sophomores Naji Reid, Ronny Raphael and Enai White will be depended on. Freshmen Rahmir Barno, Justin Edwards and Yahmir Satterfield will also play key roles.
In addition to the Gonzaga DC Classic, Imhotep will take part in the Scholastic Play by Play Classic on December 27 against Philadelphia rival Roman Catholic (a multiple-time Gonzaga DC Classic champion). In January 2020, Imotep travels to Bradenton, Fla. to take part in the IMG Classic and to Erie, Pa. to play in the Burger King Classic.
Imhotep Institute Charter High School is a public charter high school with an enrollment of more than 600 students located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1998 to offer an African-centered education that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, the school is named after the ancient Egyptian who was an expert in science, medicine and architecture. He was a late 27th century BC Egyptian chancellor to the pharaoh Djoser, probable architect of the Djoser's step pyramid, and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. Very little is known of Imhotep as a historical figure, but in the 3000 years following his death, he was gradually glorified and deified.
The school’s mission is to provide a standards-driven, high quality educational program for urban learners grounded in the Afrikan Principles of Ma’at and the Seven Principles of the Nguzo Saba. Imhotep aims to nurture lifelong learners who are valuable members of the world community.
High student academic achievement is the primary goal of Imhotep Institute, whose philosophy is that a rigorous, integrative, constructivist curriculum, combined with the historical and cultural richness of the African heritage, will result in well-rounded and productive citizens. Imhotep’s curriculum includes gender specific Rites of Passage courses where students are exposed to a progression of cultural competencies marked with culminating ceremonies. In addition to STEM, the school offers comprehensive science & technology and language arts programs, with extracurricular activities that include African drumming, cheerleading, mock trial, robotics, student council/government, tutoring, and yearbook experiences.
Notable alumni include National Football League stars, D. J. Moore, wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and David Williams, running back for the Denver Broncos.