I had reported earlier this year that former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy was taking the head coaching job at Hale. He receives $6,000 a year for his work, just like all the other SPS coaches. Roy had wanted to coach at UW but chose to coach at Hale.
Coach Roy appears to have made his presence at Hale known to top high school boys basketball prospects and got one of the most highly-sought after high school players in the country, Michael Porter, Jr., from Missouri. Porter's brother, Jontay, is also playing on the team.
By August, four more top basketball prospects transferred to the school including a player who had been on Garfield's basketball team, one from Lakeside, one from Edmonds-Woodway, one from Blanchet and one from Yakima.
SPS does have open enrollment for high schools but that is based on capacity. And we all know about the current capacity issues. There are only two comprehensive high schools that aren't full and Hale isn't one of them.
Tracy Libros used to run the Enrollment office and she had in place a process about checking addresses. That usually occurred if the district itself had a suspicion about an address OR if it was reported to them. The district had this process because of issues of enrollment at JSIS and MacDonald because so many people wanted to get into the dual language program. Even further back, it was used because of people wanting to get into Ballard, Garfield and Roosevelt. At the time I asked Libros, she confirmed to me that the district did investigate complaints.
I'm checking on that process now. Interestingly, the Times' article had this to say:
"Everybody is concerned, you don't want bad rumors," said Roy, who was questioned most by principal Jill Hudson.Coach Roy apparently thought he would just be creating strategy and coaching and didn't realize:
" I don't control enrollment and the rumors aren't going to stop us from having a game on Monday."
"...being responsible for grade checks, parent meetings, ordering uniforms and scheduling transportation to games."The other Metro coaches are fairly sanguine about Roy. Seattle schools - Garfield, Rainer Beach, Ballard and Cleveland along with private school, O'Dea - have always been competitive teams.
I'm all for good teams but the players on those teams need to live within the boundaries of the school they represent.