The Equality High School athletes definitely competed in boys' basketball and boys' track. It is thought they also
competed in baseball for boys. The girls may have competed in basketball, softball, volleyball, and track. There is,
however, no mention of the Equality girls athletic success on the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org
The Equality boys only had four seasons of winning IHSA hardware in their history. However, one of those seasons
would prove to be magical for the townspeople of Equality. The Equality High School boys basketball team of 1933-34
finished in 3rd place in the Illinois State Basketball Tournament. This was accomplished in the old one-class
basketball system in Illinois. The teams that Equality played in the final 16 are listed below. Note the size of
the towns compared to Equality. What another near incredible accomplishment by a small school that probably
99% of the Illinois High School basketball fans do not know about. Great Job Equality boys of 1934!!!!
1930-31 District Champions
1933-34 36- 2 Team Placed Third In IHSA State Tournament! Coach Dolph Stanley
Tournament Final Scores / Opponents
Equality 21 -
33 - Chicago Marshall 17
20 - Harvey Thornton 30
38 - Moline 26
1963-64 District Champions
1965-66 District Champions
1986-87 Final Season
Coach Chuck Doty
Boys Track is the only other sport listed on the IHSA web site for the Equality athletes. One athlete, Bob Pitchers,
took full advantage of his "big chance" at the Illinois State Track Meet. Bob Pitchers was the Illinois
State Champion in the 1 Mile Run in 1953!!
1952-53 Bob Pitchers 1 Mile Run
STATE CHAMPION !!
*Dolph Stanley - Coached Equality to their only state appearance in 1933-34 and went on to coach with
continued successes at Mt. Pulaski, Taylorville, Rockford Auburn, Rockford Boylan, and Rockford Keith Country Day. His career
record in over 50 years of coaching is 705-313! He was the only coach in IHSA
history to bring five different teams to the State tournament:
Equality, 1934; Mt. Pulaski, 1936; Taylorville, 1940 & 1944; Rockford Auburn, 1962-63-64-68; and Rockford
MORE ON COACH DOLPH STANLEY:
**Coach Stanley's 705 wins places him ELEVENTH All-Time for most wins in IHSA history. Coach
Stanley may have been Illinois' all-time leader when he retired as he has been surpassed by several coaches in recent years.
**Coach Stanley, as stated above, is the ONLY coach to lead five different schools to the IHSA State
**Coach Stanley is the ONLY coach to lead three different schools to the Final Four of the State Tourney.
Need Your Help
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in general. Girls' athletics and the better records and successes of the boys teams are not even touched upon. And
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