The 2020-2021 school year in Frederick County may be over, but Tuscarora High athletics has earned significant national recognition for an achievement deserving of a reaction similar to one following a game-winning basket in overtime.
The Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to a free and equitable society, has just presented the school with a national award for interscholastic sports. The honor specifically recognizes Tuscarora High’s commitment to innovation in school sports and physical education. The award comes with a $20,000 grant from a New York based orthopedic institution.
A voluminous report issued by Aspen Institute praises Tuscarora High’s plan of incorporating physical activity in the daily lives of all students. The report highlights the school’s overall concepts and commitment toward its physical education classes, intramural tournaments and unified sports as well as junior varsity and varsity team programs. The Aspen report also says Tuscarora High makes fitness fun, involving students in everything from table tennis (ping pong) to bocce ball.
The school won this national recognition in what Aspen classifies as a category of large, suburban schools. Tuscarora High opened in 2003 and has a current student population of just over 1,600.