The Franklin Wonder Five, 1920. This Franklin High School team won three consecutive state championships, 1920, '21, and '22. Photo courtesy Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Hoosier Hysteria: Indiana High School Basketball
In the Hoosier state, basketball is Indiana's game.
There may be more basketball goals per capita than any other state.
In fact, one was erected in the driveway of the governor's
executive mansion. In Indiana, high school basketball is a passion.
The fruits of that passion are the thousands of first-rate high
school basketball players the state has developed since the
This legacy project chronicles the significant
events, teams and monuments in Indiana high school basketball with
videos: from the Indiana High School Athletic Association of the
1954 Boys Basketball Final, the 1999 Boys and Girls Tournaments of
Champions Finals; the 1989 Girls Basketball State Championships,
and others; and also a movie video, Indiana's Game, about the
state's high school basketball; and the book Broc: the Littlest
Champion, at five feet seven who played for the Evansville Bosse
Bulldogs, "who out dribbled, out maneuvered, and outsmarted nearly
all competition." The legacy is also documented with materials
submitted by individual high schools throughout Indiana which
include narratives, newspaper clippings, photographs, letters
written by Hoosier basketball fans recalling their memories of
Indiana high school basketball; and photographs and memorabilia
submitted by the Indiana Basketball of Fame.
Originally submitted by: Richard G. Lugar, Senator.
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.