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Wilson High School booted from Turkey Bowl

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Woodrow Wilson Senior High School's football team has been barred from the city's annual Turkey Bowl for having on the team a student who wasn't a resident of the District.

A D.C. Public Schools investigation found that an ineligible Wilson student was playing on the football team and after reviewing tapes of game, school administrators and coaches determined the student had played in two games. Wilson was forced to forfeit both games, making them ineligible for the playoffs.

Dunbar High School will instead play Anacostia High School in Thursday's game.

"While DCPS regrets any confusion or frustration this may cause, it is important to ensure the integrity and fairness of the game," spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz said in a statement Sunday.

D.C. school officials have cracked down on residency fraud to curb instances of taxpayer dollars funding the education of students who live outside the District. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education said earlier this year they were investigating 276 cases of non-resident students enrolled in DC Public Schools and charter schools.

Wilson is located in Tenleytown.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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