Findlay Prep

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Findlay Prep Pilots
Sport Basketball
Founded 2006 by Cliff Findlay
Based in Henderson, Nevada
Head coach Paul Washington
Championships 3 (2009, 2010, 2012)

Findlay Prep is a high school basketball program sponsored by the Henderson International School. Despite closing its high school in 2010 due to the local economic downturn,[1] the Findlay Prep players take high school classes at Henderson International. Created in 2006 by businessman Cliff Findlay, its dozen students comprise Henderson International's only high school students.[2] The Pilots have won the National High School Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Findlay Prep is a member of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, they travel across the United States to play games against similar programs. The current head coach is Paul Washington, who took the job in August 2016.[3] Findlay Prep was founded in 2006, with Scott Beeten as head coach. Although the high school of Henderson International closed in 2010, the school continues to support a high school basketball program.[4]

The Pilots have won three National High School Invitational tournaments with former alumni named McDonald's All-Americans and playing in the NBA including Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson. The program is run similarly to an NBA team, with the team - scouted beforehand - barnstorming the country to play in invitational tournaments. Due to its perceived overemphasis on basketball, critics have slammed it as a basketball factory that gives students hope of a pro career instead of education, school officials refute these allegations arguing their students' "100% qualification rate" with the NCAA, Findlay Prep was branded as "non-scholastic" by the same organisation in 2013 but later affiliated themselves with the NIAA.[2][5][6]

Notable players and alumni[edit]