Sports were an integral and important part
of school activities
While the 'Engineers' did not always find success on the field, there was never a lack of enthusiastic participants for the school sports. And occasionally there were outstanding performances from the track, football, and basketball teams. Here is a brief overview of the school's sports history.
With high school enrollment only 36 the first year and with many students that had never played football or basketball, the first-year athletic program was far less than successful. While the football field and locker room were usable, the football schedule began with very limited practice and the results were not good. Basketball practice was held in the Corps Test Lab building without the benefit of a basket and the season had a dismal start with games played at other schools. The number of boys available to play football and basketball was so limited that seventh and eighth grade boys were allowed to play with the high school team. However, by the early 50’s, the athletic teams had rapidly advanced and won the conference football title in 1952 and the conference basketball title in 1953. The 1952-53 basketball team was ranked fifth in the state in early South Dakota Associated Press poles and was expected to go to the State Class B tournament … unfortunately, that did not happen. The 1967/68 basketball team won the District tournament and advanced to the Reginal tournament.