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The top high school athletic programs in America

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By Doug Huff

Here it is: the most selective ranking in all of sports. Of the more than 38,000 high schools in the U.S., fewer than one in a thousand made SI's list honoring schools with the nation's top athletic programs. Our criteria emphasized all-around excellence during the last 10 years and included state titles won and college athletes produced. Here are the the top schools from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

Since 2000, the Bucs have won 30 state Class 6A titles (including 38 during the last decade). Their nationally ranked football program has played in the last five Class 6A finals and won four state titles.
ALASKA: Service (Anchorage)
The school has won 14 boys' and girls' skiing titles and 44 state championships in 11 sports over the last decade.
ARIZONA: Mountain View (Mesa)
The Toros have won 21 state championships in 10 sports over the last decade, including four in football, four in boys' track, three in boys' basketball and three in girls' track.
ARKANSAS: Fayetteville
The girls' gymnastics team has won eight straight state titles. Overall the school has won a state-best 24 state championships since 1996.
CALIFORNIA: Poly (Long Beach)
The top-ranked Jackrabbits live up to their nickname with 14 state boys' and girls' track titles during the last decade. They've also sent four-dozen players to the NFL
COLORADO: Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village)
Dominant state tennis program (19 girls' and boys' titles during the last 10 years) has 50 titles in 15 sports.
CONNECTICUT: Daniel Hand (Madison)
Football, track and soccer are the most successful of the 10 sports programs that have won state titles during the last decade.
DELAWARE: St. Mark's (Wilmington)
Dominant soccer and girls' swimming programs are responsible for 18 of the school's 45 state crowns last decade.
The Cadets' 18-sport program traditionally is the most successful one in D.C. and produces numerous college-bound athletes.
FLORIDA: Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
No. 3-ranked national program's football stadium is named for alum Brian Piccolo. Twelve sports have won 49 state titles during the last decade, including 23 of 32 girls' titles in swimming, soccer and track.
GEORGIA: Parkview (Lilburn)
All-sports power has been the team to beat in Georgia over the last decade in football, baseball and soccer. Hometown Braves drafted Panther legend Jeff Francoeur at No. 1 in 2002.
HAWAII: Punahou (Honolulu)
The school has been dominant in in swimming, track, volleyball, tennis and soccer, with 70 state crowns over the past 10 years.
IDAHO: Bishop Kelly (Boise)
Tennis is the top sport at Bishop Kelly, which has won 24 state titles in 10 sports since 1996.
ILLINOIS: New Trier (Winnetka)
The Chicago-area school has won 23 state titles during the last decade and is dominant in tennis, golf, swimming, soccer and badminton.
The best program in the Hoosier State has won 36 state titles in nine sports over the last decade, including 18 in girls' swimming and girls' soccer.
IOWA: Iowa City
With 22 state titles sicne 1996 in track and cross-country this school runs away from its competition in the Hawkeye State.
KANSAS: Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission)
Kansas' top program boasts a dominant Class 5A girls basketball program. The school has 15 state crowns in the last 10 years.
KENTUCKY: St. Xavier (Louisville)
St. Xavier is the best in the Bluegrass State because of its 36 boys' titles in eight sports during the last decade. Swimming and tennis have won 18 crowns.
LOUISIANA: West Monroe
The Northern Louisiana school is best known for its football prowess the last decade but has also been a state champion, and contender, in several other sports, including softball and girls' basketball.
MAINE: Bangor
Maine's largest school is a power in boys basketball and swimming. Bangor has 20 state titles over the last decade.
MARYLAND: DeMatha (Hyattsville)
This all-boys Catholic school isn't eligible for state titles, but it has won 73 of 125 titles in 13 sports in the Washington D.C. metro conference. The Stags are best known for their nationally ranked basketball and football programs.
The Boxers are the state's largest school and have the Bay State's all-time winningest football program. They also boast the top boys track program and are a perennial contender in multiple sports.
MICHIGAN: Marquette
School has 165 overall state titles in its trophy case. Nine boys' swimming crowns are among the 37 championships it has won during the last decade.
The biggest power in Minnesota, they have won 91 state crowns since 1950, including 31 in the last 10 years.
No school comes close to Tupelo, which has won the state All-Sports Award 13 of the last 16 years.
MISSOURI: St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis)
The all-girls school has captured 18 state titles during the last decade in tennis, soccer, golf, volleyball and basketball.
MONTANA: Capital (Helena)
With 10 state soccer titles in its trophy case, Capital's 22 overall championships are Montana's best during the past decade.