Local officials associations were asked to nominate schools they service that have displayed this overall positive effort to teach, to expect, and to demand a positive atmosphere of sportsmanship at their particular contests. Member schools were also asked to nominate schools for special recognition for going the extra mile to do what's right.
DHS was chosen from those schools that had received no reported unsportsmanlike conduct during the previous school year. All total, 27 schools were selected to receive the A.F. Bridges Award at the divisional level. Three Class A, three Class AA, and three Class AAA schools in each grand division have been recognized for a total of nine schools in each division and 27 schools overall.
On Wednesday during the award ceremony, DHS Principal Jon Frye and head baseball coach Tom Mathis were in attendance and were presented a "JUST DO WHAT'S RIGHT!" recognition banner as one of the three finalists.
"In the last two or three years we've made an increased effort as a school administration to be involved and present at ballgames. We've tried to be visible and interact," said Jon Frye. "Our players and cheerleaders have done a good job of not responding when maybe other people don't act appropriately, and our parents have been on board too."
Frye said he was glad to know others saw that the school was doing the right thing by not having any unsportsmanlike penalties and that athletic events have run rather smooth.
"It's nice to know that our students are not into the taunting and name-calling. We don't need that here and it's unacceptable," added Frye. "When these kids go off to college you do college stuff, but at DHS we want to teach them the right way to act at games and such. Our kids understand that and they've done a good job of acting they way they're supposed to."