Ocean City High State Championship Recalled

Ocean City High State Championship Recalled
This week 70 years ago, the Ocean City High School team pictured above one the school’s one and only state basketball championship. Ocean City High School has housed in what is now City Hall for much of the first half of the 20th century before Stephen Decatur High School opened. Photo courtesy of the Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum

OCEAN CITY- Seventy years ago this week, the Ocean City High School boys’ varsity basketball team won it one and only state championship.

Ocean City High School for decades existed in what is now City Hall through the first half of the 20th century. On March 22, 1952, the Ocean City High School team won the state Class C championship at the University of Maryland in College Park.

It was quite an accomplishment for the Ocean City High School team. Ocean City High School was one of the smallest high schools in the state in terms of enrollment. The team had reached the state championship games two times prior in 1948 and 1951.

After finishing with a 16-2 regular season record in 1952, the Ocean City team advance through the state Class C playoffs. On March 21, 1952, Ocean City beat Barton High from Alleghany County, 70-60, in the state semifinals to reach the championship game. The following day on March 22, 1952, Ocean City beat New Windsor of Carroll County, 70-55, in the title game to claim the Maryland Class C championship.

City Hall served as both an elementary school and the high school for 38 years. Two years after Ocean City High School’s basketball team won the state championship in 1952, the student body merged with Berlin’s Buckingham High School to move into the brand-new Stephen Decatur High School.

Players on the 1952 state championship team included Burt Raughley, Art Herbst, Gary Hurley, Robert Mumford, George Hurley, Ray Shockley, Ron Bassett, Jim Shockley, Bill Brown, Forrest Bradford, Paul Brown, Ben Lewis, Lionel Massey, and Dick Hall. The team was coached by Richard DeHart and managed by John Russell.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.