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High school basketball: Star Spencer salutes its heritage, Dunjee Tigers

The Bobcats' boys basketball team donned gold jerseys with “Dunjee” across the front, a salute to the school that was folded into Star Spencer in the fall of 1972.
by Scott Wright Published: February 11, 2013

Segregation of schools was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1954, but Dunjee survived for nearly two more decades. But by 1972, the school board closed the deteriorating school as many of its students were being bussed to other schools, primarily Star Spencer.

Following Monday's game, the team posed for a photo with all of the Dunjee alumni who were able to attend the game. It was a special night all the way around, as Star Spencer honored a part of its heritage.

“It means a lot to show that we support everything that school had to go through when it was closed, and give back to the community,” said Star Spencer senior Keyon Prince, who scored 22 points Monday. “We got to meet the people who went there. They tell us stories from the school, so it's pretty neat.”

This was the fourth straight year that Star Spencer has honored the Dunjee Tigers, and coach Patrick Cudjoe sees the importance it has to the community around Spencer.

Cudjoe said holding the event during Black History Month added to its impact.

“During desegregation, they started sending all those students to Star Spencer, and those kids were forgotten about,” Cudjoe said. “They're adults now, grandparents and great-grandparents, and they deserve to be honored. It's fun for us to put on these gold uniforms and bring everybody out.

“Each year this gets bigger and bigger. They come and they show their Dunjee pride. It's a lot of fun for everybody.”