The Dolphins had an impressive 23-8 season last year, falling short of their championship goal and losing in the Illinois state elite eight. Coach Tyrone Slaughter has a strong, young foundation, and will look to follow the standard set by six returning seniors, two of whom were starters last season. The team is led by one of the top players in the state, Antonio Munoz, a 6’6 junior forward/wing, and by Damajay Richardson, a 6’0 junior guard, and Sean Brown, a 6’0 senior guard. All are looking to return to the big stage this year and redeem themselves. Other contributors include Rykan Woo, a 6’1 sophomore guard, Cole Pruitt, a 6’4 senior guard, and Marquis Clark, a 6’2 sophomore guard.
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Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (Whitney Young) is a public four-year magnet high school located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Operated by Chicago Public Schools, Whitney Young has an enrollment of nearly 2,100 students and opened in September 1975 as the city’s first public magnet high school. Named after Whitney Moore Young Jr., a prominent civil rights leader, the school consistently rates among the top high schools in the state of Illinois. Admission is based on entrance exam performance, standardized test scores, and elementary school grades, and is open to all residents of Chicago. The school’s mission is to provide a college preparatory academic program that challenges all students to reach their maximum intellectual, social, and technological potential by creating an environment of excellence, responsibility, and diversity through professional development, structured learning experiences and parental support. The school also has an extensive program of extracurricular activities, including media and theater; math, chess, and debate teams which compete at both the state and national level, and groups which engage in an array of other academic subjects. Whitney young has 52 athletic teams in 12 different sports. The boys’ basketball team won the Illinois High School Association state championships in 1998, 2009, 2014, and 2017. The girls’ basketball team won the state championship in 2008, 2012, and 2014.