A rivalry was rekindled after a six year drought between the Coolidge Broncos and Cardozo Clerks. The importance of the rivalry may not be known by any of the players playing but in the spirit of homecoming, alumni let it be known by filling the parking lot with tents, food and music. The teams were both in good spirit but heavy hearted due to two deaths in the last week at each, and in the game was named in their honor as both teams during the Coin Toss had shirts and jerseys for the students that had passed. The game originally was set for a 1 pm start time but didn’t not start until about 2pm because of the funeral and festivities. The Marines participated in the alumni tailgate and moment of silence.
Jones is a senior captain on the football team at Coolidge High School. Jones is the son of Marcel Jones & Tenesia Hawkinns. Jones also has one brother & three sisters who are very proud of him on this day.Jones is undecided on his choice of college but is “1005 positive that he will matriculate to a major college or university upon successful graduation from Coolidge”. Jones would like to take this time to thank the Great American Rivalry Series, BrainBox, Marine Corps for this distinguished recognition.
Two year varsity letterman on the football team with a 3.22. He is a member of the S.T.E.M. Program and is the first at Cardozo to become a Certified Autodesk Inventor User. Shannon plans on attending Syracuse or John Hopkins University pursuing Audio/Visual Engineering.
Thurston played outside linebacker and defensive end at Coolidge during the rivalry in 1971-73, winning two of those games under Coach Bob Headen. He was named All-Metropolitan in 1973 and played on the DC coach All-Star Team. After graduating Cardozo, he played at Langston University, graduated and moved back to DC where he coached for Cardozo and other surrounding schools. He recently has retired from 34 years of service with the Alexandria City Fire Department.
McClinton Brown Jr.
McClinton Brown, Jr. is from Indianapolis started teaching and coaching at McKinley Technology High School in 1970. He has won a city track and field championship at McKinley (1978) and coached girls’ basketball at Calvin Coolidge High School for 20 years winning the city league championship three times. He received his Certified Athletic Administrator and he was inducted into The District of Columbia Coaches Hall of Fame for Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Track and Field in 2006. He was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame for Girls’ Basketball in 2006. He served as Athletic Director at McKinley Tech H.S. for three years, Calvin Coolidge H.S. four years and Phelps ACE High School for four years. He is currently retired from teaching a member and Trustee at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ.