Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Heights High Student-Athletes Improve Collective GPAs

Jan. 9, 2017 ( -- The district recently shared the average GPA for its winter and fall sports teams. The number are high, as you'll see below, and a big part of the school's success with student athletes can be traced to its new Athletic Director Dwight Hollins.

Hollins is a Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools' alumni and a former basketball player with Xavier University and was briefly signed to a contract by the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He was also the poster-child for student-athletes that were solely focused on the athlete portion of their title.

"I did not have the strongest GPA in high school," Hollins said. "I was told I was not good enough to play basketball at the next level. I used that as my motivation to prove people wrong."

Before attending Xavier, Hollins spent two years at Hilbert, a junior college near Buffalo, New York. He says it was at that school that he learned the system he is now mimicking at Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools.

"It was there that the kinds of things that I’m doing now were done for me," he says. "The individuals there put me in a system of support."

What does a system of support mean? The answer is fourfold, really. Hollins says that there needs to be active participation from students, teachers, parents, and coaches.

Read the complete article on Cleveland Heights Patch

The overall athletic department GPA average is 3.10. The GPA per team follows below:

  • Cheerleaders - 3.24
  • Cross Country - 3.41
  • Football - 2.53
  • Golf - 3.24
  • Boys Soccer - 3.30
  • Girls Soccer - 3.86
  • Girls Tennis - 3.75
  • Volleyball - 2.88
  • Boys Basketball - 2.83
  • Girls Basketball - 3.41
  • Bowling - 2.89
  • Ice Hockey - 3.38
  • Swimming - 3.88
  • Wrestling - 2.42

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