August 31, 2018 – News Release
Actions Taken to Protect Students and Allow Dimond High School Football Team to Resume Season
ANCHORAGE, AK – The Anchorage School District investigation following reports of misconduct during a Dimond High School football team trip to Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, August 16-17 revealed that inappropriate conduct occurred.
Based on the ongoing investigation, ASD took the following immediate actions:
- Students known to have been involved in misconduct received discipline in accordance with ASD policy.
- Three coaches, including the head coach, have been released from their positions.
- Dimond High football program resumed with scheduled practices in line with ASAA regulations and games at East High School (“C” team on Wed., Sept. 5; JV and Varsity on Sat., Sept. 8). Additional oversight supervision will report to every practice and game for the remainder of the season.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop said, “Student safety is always ASD’s top priority, and conducting a comprehensive investigation requires patience from students, families, and staff. Though the investigation is continuing, I am pleased to see DHS football players get back on the field today, and continue with the regular season next week.”
The Anchorage Police Department Investigation is ongoing.
Players will have an hour-long conditioning workout on Friday, August 31, to maintain the ASAA practice eligibility. Following practice, Mr. Louis Wilson from Grand Canyon University will meet with parents and players to discuss the importance of coming together as a team and helping each other during adverse situations.
ASD has scheduled mandatory training on Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Hazing for all DHS coaches, Principal Tina Johnson-Harris, and Activity Assistant Principal, James Hancock.
Dimond High School coaching staff will also participate in a two-day customized program, Coaching Greatness, September 6-7. These sessions are designed to foster behaviors that maximize high performance of teams, both on and off the field, and to create a healthy climate and culture. DHS students will be included in a portion of the training.