Monday, October 31, 2011

Check out some local high school football: Cardozo's season is over soon

I've been talking with some friends about going to check out a football game at our neighborhood high school, Cardozo at 13th and Clifton. (Banneker doesn't have a team and Bell's season is over.) Might be a fun thing to do on Friday night.

The Clerks aren't having a great season, they're 1-7 with their only win coming 6-0 over KIPP College Prep. The last game of the season is this Friday the 4th, so it'll be your last chance to go before next year.

As for their nickname, I'm not really sure where it came from. I thought the school was named for Benjamin Cardozo, the Supreme Court Justice, so it would kind of make sense to be law clerk, but it's actually named for Francis L. Cardozo, the first African American to hold a statewide office in the US. I can't find anything on their website about it.

Has anybody been? Got any tips? It might be a fun way to spend Friday night and support some local kids. The band is pretty cool too.

And if you really want to get into the spirit, you can buy your own Cardozo gear here.

UPDATE: Here's what commenter jcm says about the "Clerks" name:
The original school founded by Francis Cardozo was a business prep school for segregated black students during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I'm not sure whether the business prep program still existed when they moved into the current building, which was originally whites-only Central High School, but that's why they're called the clerks.

2 comments:

jcm said...

The original school founded by Francis Cardozo was a business prep school for segregated black students during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I'm not sure whether the business prep program still existed when they moved into the current building, which was originally whites-only Central High School, but that's why they're called the clerks.

Andrew W said...

Thanks!! Awesome.