School: Lower Merion High School (Ardmore, Pa.)
Name of Section: Dawg Pound
Known for: Kobe Bryant went to Lower Merion and won the state championship in ’96. The following year the Dawg Pound was created. They are also generally known for an outstanding basketball program with seven state championships on record.
In their words: “We have the most enthusiastic and supportive fan section in PA. We’re not afraid to take long drives, wear ridiculous costumes, or scream until there is nothing left in their throats. The Dawg Pound is truly my favorite part about Lower Merion and I couldn’t be more proud of how incredible we have been so far this season.”
– Senior Spirit Head, Ari Wilen
“The Dawg Pound is a one of a kind fan section. It provides entertainment outside the world of our historically fantastic basketball program and it gives all students a reason to support the basketball team. It makes the games even more meaningful for the players and it is trule a vital part of our Lower Merion community. The fact that our team was able to trump all odds and become the best team in the state just fueled this amazing Dawg Pound and provided some of the greatest sports entertainment we, as fans, may ever see.”
– Senior Dawg Pound Member, Brett Katz
“The Dawg Pound is like adding an extra player on the court for us. They’re loud and enthusiastic and it really gets us going and rattles the other team. We’re really thankful for their support.”
– Junior Basketball Player, Jule Brown
Fun Facts about The Dawg Pound and Lower Merion Basketball:
– They order hundreds of customized shirts each year with names and numbers on the back of each one. These are the “Dawg Pound” shirts. Students get very creative with the names they choose to put on the back. Nicknames and inside jokes with friends are common to put on the back.
– The “spirit” for each game is different. Sometimes they will hold a blackout, sometimes they will wear their dawg pound shirts, or come up with any other theme you could possibly think of.
– The Dawg Pound is pretty exclusively for basketball, although there are sometimes large turnouts and selective football and soccer games.
– They travel everywhere. They made it to the state championship two years in a row, in 2012 and 2013, and brought up to 10 fan buses to places like Penn State, Hershey, Reading, Williamsport, and Wingate, PA.
– The gym is called the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium and a dedication ceremony unveiling the gym took place in December 2010.
– A fun tradition they have is when the National Anthem is playing, they begin singing along at “o say does that star spangled”.
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