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DIAA Announces 2019-20 Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship Winners


Dover, DE (July 27, 2020) - Sixteen Delaware schools are being honored for sportsmanship this week by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA).  


The Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship award is presented annually to schools that have demonstrated a strong school community commitment to the educational nature of interscholastic athletics.   This year's award was based on the fall and winter sport seasonsspring sports were cancelled due to COVID-19.  The Board of Directors wanted to make sure that the students who worked hard during the year were honored.  The 2019 - 2020 Dale Farmer award goes to the following schools: 


Brandywine High School (4) 

Caesar Rodney High School (10) 

Cape Henlopen (4) 

Caravel Academy (12) 

Caravel Academy Middle School (2) 

Charter School of Wilmington (7) 

Conrad School of Science (11) 

Delaware Military Academy (1) 

McKean High School (11) 

Middletown High School (4) 

Mt. Pleasant High School (4) 

Newark Charter School (5) 

Sanford School (9) 

Sussex Tech High School (14) 

Tatnall School (6) 

William Penn High School (23) 


*The number listed beside each school denotes the total number of times the school has won the award 


 “These 16 schools truly project the philosophy of education-based athletics and demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship by their behavior and actions,” said DIAA Executive Director Donna Polk. “On behalf of DIAA and DIAA sportsmanship committee, I congratulate each of these schools for their dedication to the true spirit of sportsmanship.” 


Thirty-six (36) member schools have won the award at least once in its 23-year history. For award consideration, schools must submit a portfolio to DIAA. The DIAA sportsmanship committee reviews the school submissions against a set of standards. The process is demanding and involves the total school community. 


The Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship award is named in recognition and memory of Dale Farmer, the first executive director of DIAA and the 2016 recipient of the DIAA Lifetime Achievement Award. 


For more information, contact DIAA at 302-857-3365.