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OldSchoolLion

The Top 25 Large School Programs in the State

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In order to make this list, which is comprised of teams currently in 5A-8A, a team had to win 5 or more regional titles, win 32 or more playoff games, and appear in at least one state title game.   

 

St Thomas Aquinas-22 regional titles, 8 state runner-up titles, 10 state titles, 104 playoff wins

Lakeland-14 regional titles, 1 state runner-up titles, 7 state titles, 68 playoff wins

Manatee-15 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles, 5 state titles, 61 playoff wins  

Armwood-13 regional titles, 7 state runner-up titles, 2 state titles (1 vacated), 57 playoff wins

Northwestern-10 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles, 6 state titles, 54 playoff wins

Carol City-11 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles, 5 state titles, 50 playoff wins

Plant-10 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles, 4 state titles, 49 playoff wins

Miami Central-7 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 5 state titles, 41 playoff wins 

Southridge-9 regional titles, 4 state runner-up titles, 2 state titles, 1 co-champion state titles, 45 playoff wins

Osceola-10 regional titles, 4 state runner-up titles, 1 state title, 40 playoff wins

Lincoln-8 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles, 3 state titles, 45 playoff wins

Dillard-8 regional titles, 3 state runner-up titles, 2 state titles, 40 playoff wins

Southeast-7 regional titles, 3 state runner-up titles, 2 state titles, 39 playoff wins

Apopka-7 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 3 state titles, 38 playoff wins

Merritt Island-7 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 3 state titles, 45 playoff wins

Columbus-7 regional titles, 4 state runner-up titles, 33 playoff wins

Naples-9 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 2 state titles, 44 playoff wins

St Augustine-8 regional titles, 2 state runner-up titles, 1 state title, 39 playoff wins

Mainland-8 regional titles, 1 state title, 43 playoff wins

Vero Beach-7 regional titles, 1 state title, 39 playoff wins

Deerfield Beach-8 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 37 playoff wins

Dwyer-6 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 2 state titles, 38 playoff wins

Palm Bay-6 regional titles, 2 state titles, 36 playoff wins

Ely-6 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 1 state titles, 33 playoff wins

American Heritage Plantation-5 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 4 state titles, 34 playoff wins

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FYI-just missing the cut due to limited numbers of regional titles.  We tease Deerfield Beach, Vero and Columbia, but Jesuit is another program that has repeatedly bowed out in the earlier playoff rounds.

Tampa Jesuit-4 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 37 playoff wins

Columbia-3 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 35 playoff wins

 

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10 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

FYI-just missing the cut due to limited numbers of regional titles.  We tease Deerfield Beach, Vero and Columbia, but Jesuit is another program that has repeatedly bowed out in the earlier playoff rounds.

Tampa Jesuit-4 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 37 playoff wins

Columbia-3 regional titles, 1 state runner-up title, 35 playoff wins

 

Ok question what is counted as regional titles?

 

Is it making the finals or is it making final 4? Because if so Columbia list of regional titles is larger

 

64 (state runner up)

67 (state title)

69 (regional champ, lost in state semifinals)

97 (state runner up)

03 (regional champ, lost in state semifinals)

15 (regional champ, lost in state semifinals)

 

 

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Not trying to take anything away from your work but I want to make sure I'm on the same page when it comes to the Classification being used when defining something like "regional titles" when it isn't always been clearly defined because some have different definitions for that term

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7 hours ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Not trying to take anything away from your work but I want to make sure I'm on the same page when it comes to the Classification being used when defining something like "regional titles" when it isn't always been clearly defined because some have different definitions for that term

I used the year 1975 to start counting region titles.  That is when we started talking with some regularity about regions and region titles.  Prior to that, one heard of district titles and sectional titles(state semis). 

If we wanted to go back to the Stone Ages, Miami High and Coral Gables could make a strong case that they were one of the best 25 large programs in the state.   My version in the original post is really meant to be a more modern-day version of such a list.  As it is, it feels a bit funny listing a program like Merritt Island, whose heyday was so long ago.  

  

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9 hours ago, OldSchoolLion said:

I used the year 1975 to start counting region titles.  That is when we started talking with some regularity about regions and region titles.  Prior to that, one heard of district titles and sectional titles(state semis). 

If we wanted to go back to the Stone Ages, Miami High and Coral Gables could make a strong case that they were one of the best 25 large programs in the state.   My version in the original post is really meant to be a more modern-day version of such a list.  As it is, it feels a bit funny listing a program like Merritt Island, whose heyday was so long ago.  

  

sorta like Columbia.  heck even I wasn't born when Columbia was great in the 60's.  

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53 minutes ago, badbird said:

sorta like Columbia.  heck even I wasn't born when Columbia was great in the 60's.  

There's another reason why inclusion of 1960's results in a discussion of the "modern era" is problematic...segregation.  Even though things started officially changing in the late 1960's, there was a lag time of years where things still looked and felt very segregated, well into the 70's.  It's not like we snapped a finger and everything instantly changed.  Many "white" schools stayed "white" for a long time afterward.

Some teams of today, whose rosters are racially balanced, were completely white back then.  Privates schools were not leveraging their "advantages" anywhere close to the same extent that they do today.  It was just a different world.  Teams that won titles in the 60's and prior deserve credit for their accomplishments, but winning a title back then simply cannot be compared to winning titles today.  That's not to say those titles are any less noteworthy.  It's simply comparing apples to oranges.

There were huge changes to the game in the late 80's/early 90's.  One could argue that a discussion of the modern era should only include results over the past 25-30.years.   

 

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On 3/27/2019 at 12:30 PM, Muckcitypride1 said:

If Booker T Washington Which is 4a on your list, Why is Bolles or Glades Central not on there?

That ok we'll let our 6 State Titles speak volumes on this list lol!!

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22 minutes ago, muckboy561 said:

That ok we'll let our 6 State Titles speak volumes on this list lol!!

I' am working on a similar list for smaller schools (1A-4A).  As much as I love the Raiders, both Glades Day and Pahokee have brought home more region and state titles over the past 40 years. :blink: 

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