Haverford School was honored tonight on the ASB GlassCourt at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Haverford won the 2017 National High School Championship. The tournament is the largest squash event in the world; last season’s version included 1,500 players on 105 boys teams and seventy-six girls teams.
In 2016 Haverford lost a heartbreaker in the finals, a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Brunswick School. This year, under new coach Asad Khan, the Fords avenged that loss with a 5-2 victory over Brunswick, snapping Brunswick’s forty-one match win streak.
By clinching the title, Haverford confirmed its status as arguably the greatest high school squash program in U.S. history. The Haverford, PA boys school started a squash team in 1912. For two unprecedented periods—the early 1950s to the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s to the early 1990s—the Maroon & Gold went undefeated in high school play, only losing to collegiate teams. Dozens of future national champions and squash leaders emerged from Lancaster Avenue.
However, because there was no official national high school championship, Haverford could only claim an unofficial, mythic title. In 2003 a Haverford squash parent, Melinda Justi, almost single-handedly launched a national championship. It was poetic justice that the Justi Cup, named after Melinda, finally came home to Haverford.