July 06, 2009

Whether it's school size or the depth of the regional talent pool, not all state champions are created equally.

After sifting through state tournament results for the 2008-09 school year, contacting athletic directors from top programs, examining all-around success rates as well as weighing the importance of producing star athletes and teams that excelled on the national level, SI.com has assembled a list of the top high school athletic program in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Best program in each state and the District of Columbia
State School Location
Alabama Leeds Leeds
Alaska Dimond Anchorage
Arizona Hamilton Chandler
Arkansas Fayetteville Fayetteville
California Archbishop Mitty San Jose
Colorado Regis Jesuit Aurora
Connecticut St. Joseph Trumbull
Delaware St. Marks Wilmington
Florida St. Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale
Georgia Collins Hill Suwanee
Hawaii Punahou Honolulu
Idaho Highland Pocatello
Illinois Central Hinsdale
Indiana Ben Davis Indianapolis
Iowa Ames Ames
Kansas St. Marys St. Marys
Kentucky St. Xavier Louisville
Louisiana John Curtis River Ridge
Maine Camden Hills Regional Camden Hills
Maryland DeMatha Hyattsville
Massachusetts South Newton
Michigan Muskegon Muskegon
Minnesota Eden Prairie Eden Prairie
Mississippi Sumrall Sumrall
Missouri Rockhurst Kansas City
Montana West Billings
Nebraska Millard West Omaha
Nevada Bishop Gorman Las Vegas
New Hampshire Salem Salem
New Jersey Don Bosco Prep Ramsey
New Mexico La Cueva Albuquerque
New York St. Anthony Huntington
North Carolina North Davidson Lexington
North Dakota Bismarck Bismarck
Ohio St. Ignatius Cleveland
Oklahoma Union Tulsa
Oregon Jesuit Portland
Pennsylvania Neumann-Goretti Philadelphia
Rhode Island Bishop Hendricken Warwick
South Carolina Bishop England Charleston
South Dakota Lincoln Sioux Falls
Tennessee Hillsboro Franklin
Texas The Woodlands The Woodlands
Utah Lone Peak Highland
Vermont Hartford White River Junction
Virginia George Mason Falls Church
Washington Skyline Sammamish
Washington, D.C. Gonzaga Washington
West Virginia Charleston Catholic Charleston
Wisconsin Arrowhead Hartland
Wyoming Southeast Yoder

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