The Bridgeport Bulldogs had some great athletes and athletic accomplishments in their time. Boys baseball, basketball,
and track all had top finishes in IHSA history. School fight song, team records, and coach's names are all items we
are interested in sharing.
The Bridgeport Bulldogs were a team to be reckoned with for many years. The basketball program won a total
of three District titles (all when District tournaments were the real first round). They also won four Regioinal
titles. The Bulldog's best year was during the 1959-60 season. That year Bridgeport High nearly shocked
the state by making it all the way to the State Championship game in the original one-class tournament. Coach
Ray Estes charges had an overall record of 33 - 2, losing the championship game to Chicago Marshall, a
team probably ten times their size!
Unfortunately this is all of the information we currently have on Bridgeport High's basketball program. Team
records and coach's names of other great Bulldog teams are needed.
1921-22 District Champions
1933-34 District Champions
1935-36 Regional Champions
1959-60 33 - 2 Team Finished SECOND in IHSA Tournament Coach
Beat Greenville 85 - 73
Elite 8 Winners
Ottawa 61 - 55
Final Four Finalist
West Frankfort 74 - 60
State Championship Game
Lost to Chicago Marshall 79 - 55
1960-61 Regional Champions
1961-62 Regional Champions
*The Bulldogs were a regular participant in the annual Shelbyville High School Tournament. There best result
and information on one of the best players ever at Bridgeport are listed below.
1962 - 2nd place
Most Pts. Game Steve Cunningham 44 (Tied for 1st),
Most FG Game Steve Cunningham 17, 1962
Most Pts. Tourney (three games) Steve Cunningham
Cunningham would go on to become the varsity girls basketball coach at Bridgeport (Red Hill).