Does athletic success come at the expense of academic Success? Academic Article uri icon


  • Claims are often made about the impact of high school athletics on academic achievement without reference to empirical research on the issue. In this paper we empirically examine the relationship between the extent to which high schools have winning sports teams, offer a variety of sports options, and facilitate student participation in athletics on schools' overall student achievement and attainment. We find that high school athletics do not appear to detract from academic success. In fact, based on the data we examined from Ohio high schools, an emphasis on athletic success and participation is associated with higher scores on standardized tests and higher graduation rates.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bowen, D. H., & Greene, J. P.

complete list of authors

  • Bowen, DH||Greene, JP

publication date

  • January 2012