Secondary Physical Education and Athletics

Athletics has been able to flourish due to a strong relationship and even stronger partnership among the student athletes, coaches, administration, parents, and the community. We all share the commonly held belief that the authentic experiences offered by athletic competition will be an extension of classroom learning. Moreover, it is important that our athletic program instill in student athletes a positive character that is displayed during times of adversity as well as during times of success.

Our goal is to motivate student athletes to have a strong commitment to academics. Coaches are encouraged to monitor academic grade reports and consider procedures for providing academic help for athletes facing academic challenges. The Academic Coaches Program is an excellent example of the athletic department’s commitment to support student athletes. We want our students to understand that successes in athletics and academics provide a basis for successful life-long experiences.

In addition to involving the entire community in athletics, The Omaha Public Schools is committed to using student athletics as an extension of the classroom and a venue to inspire learning. Student athletes have to learn to overcome adversity throughout the practices and contests of a given season. Learning how to overcome adversity is a significant learning process and will improve the student athlete’s academic success. Most research points to student athletes as having successful careers and academic success in college and beyond. Our vision for athletics includes the need to stress the learning process of the contest over the value of winning and losing.

OPS Basketball Standouts Honored by Omaha World-Herald by OPS News
State Champions! by OPS News
Congratulations to Benson High School Magnet's girls basketball team!  The team won the school's first-ever girls basketball state championship Saturday -- defeating Bellevue West 47-43.
Burke Swimming Coach Receives National Honor by OPS News
Congratulations to Burke Boys Swimming Coach Rich Hood
North High Magnet School Wins 2014 Class A State Championship by OPS News
Congratulations to North High Magnet School's varsity wrestling team, which won the Class A State Championship over the weekend.
Central High School Wins Basketball Tournament by OPS News

Congratulations to the Central HS boys basketball team! The Eagles just won the annual Metro Holiday Tournament -- extending their streak of consecutive tournament titles to three. (Only one other team in the history of this event has achieved the same feat.) Three of the final four teams in the tournament were from OPS, with Benson and South joining Central in the semifinal round.