Crispus Attucks High School - We Grow Basketball Here Ep. 3 (Part 2)

In Part 2 of the Crispus Attucks High School episode in the We Grow Basketball Here video series, the story turns to the 2017 Crispus Attucks state champs, who were honored with a Monument Circle celebration, and what that represents for the generation who were denied that honor.

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Crispus Attucks High School - We Grow Basketball Here Ep. 3 (Part 2)

In Part 2 of the Crispus Attucks High School episode in the We Grow Basketball Here video series, the story turns to the 2017 Crispus Attucks state champs, who were honored with a Monument Circle celebration, and what that represents for the generation who were denied that honor.
Feb 9, 2020  |  12:16

Crispus Attucks High School - We Grow Basketball Here Ep. 3 (Part 1)

The history and legacy of the 1955 Crispus Attucks High School basketball team is the focus of our latest #WeGrowBasketballHere episode, in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth. The team's state championship holds a significant place in basketball history, but their accomplishments are also a story of resilience and hope.
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We Grow Basketball Here: Crispus Attucks

The third episode of the We Grow Basketball Here documentary series is a two-part episode exploring the rich basketball history and historical significance of Crispus Attucks High School.

Part 1, which premiered Thursday in celebration of Black History Month, tells of the history and legacy of the 1955 Crispus Attucks High School basketball team. The team's state championship holds a significant place in basketball history, but their accomplishments are also a story of resilience and hope.

On the hardwood, Crispus Attucks emerged as one of the top basketball programs in the state under head coach Ray Crowe, who took over the program in 1950. The Tigers put together strong seasons throughout the early 1950s before breaking through in 1955.

Led by future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, the 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers became the first team in the country to win a state championship with a roster composed entirely of black players.

"We were on a mission," Attucks guard Bill Hampton said. "We had a point to prove."

But after winning the state title, the Attucks team was denied the traditional honor of a parade around Indianapolis' Monument Circle.

"When you're not permitted to do that, it's one of those things where you may not walk around all the time with a chip on your shoulder, but you never forget it, either," Hampton said.

You can watch Part 1 of "Crispus Attucks" in the embedded video player above or on the Pacers Facebook page.

Part 2, which chronicles the 2017 Crispus Attucks team that won the state championship, premiered on Sunday.

Crispus Attucks fell on hard times, even closing for a period of time before being re-opened in 2006.

But under head coach Chris Hawkins, the Tigers basketball program eventually grew back to prominence, culminating in a magical run to a state championship in 2017.

When they won the state title, Robertson presented the team with their state championship medals.

"At the moment, I didn't really understand how big of a thing that is," Attucks guard Alex Cooley said. "But looking back on it, that's an honor."

This time, Crispus Attucks got to parade around Monument Circle, the honor that was denied from the 1955 team.

"It let them know that there had been a change," Hampton said. "We're not going to let the same thing happen again."

You can watch Part 2 of "Crispus Attucks" in the embedded video player above or on the Pacers Facebook page.

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