I can remember driving to work a few years back, and being tailgated down Lincoln St. by an old pickup truck. The driver was a Shadle Park basketball player who lived up by Comstock Park. Every day he headed down Lincoln and basically passed Lewis and Clark on his way to the North Side school.
Attending Shadle where he could play basketball for head coach Darcy Weisner, was a decision the player and his family had made. At the time it seemed weird to me, driving that far for high school when there was an excellent academic school only a few blocks down the hill.
Such behavior, I felt then, was symptomatic of a deeper problem in high school sports: The idea the grass was greener on the other side.
Basically I figured kids who transfer for athletic reasons were not facing up to reality. If they were good enough to play, they would be able to play at the school in their neighborhood.
Then I had two boys go through high school.