In December 2012 the School District of Philadelphia announced the closing of over 30 public schools, later reduced to 23. Among them was Germantown High School in the Northwest section of the city. A year before its centennial it was announced that the storied high school would be merged with its arch neighborhood and football rival, Martin Luther King High.
In November 2011 fists flew among players of both teams after King upset Germantown in the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
Now, they would have to play together and put aside their differences. Led by Head Coach Edward Dunn -- a 27-year-old math teacher laid off a few weeks after the school year ended, the Cougars had high hopes for the season with three of the city's best players -- linemen Dontae Angus(who will play as a Florida Gator next year), Wide Receiver Delane Hart and Quarterback Joseph Walker, the team looked to overcome what many thought would be an impossible merger.
Despite being laid off a few months after taking the job the former Germantown High assistant coach remained committed to leading the team to its first winning season in years. Even if that meant coaching as a volunteer. Dunn hoped the team could lead by example and show the rest of the student body that the rivalries were in the past. That they would be better than everyone had predicted. That it was possible to overcome the negativity and sometimes exaggerated history of violence between two schools.
In an article by New York Times sports reporter, Jeré Longman, Dunn said, "We need to be the catalyst. If we can make it work with patience and understanding, everybody should be able to make it work."