Taft High School continually provides a broad and varied program of interscholastic athletics that will meet the needs and interests of our skilled student athletes. The administration and coaching staff are primarily concerned with assisting students in acquiring the educational benefits and values inherent in a fine athletic program.
Participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right. This carries responsibility to the team, school, student body, community, and of course the athletes themselves. The athlete must realize that they are student-athletes, not athletic-students; we therefore stress academics first and sports second. While we motivate students towards winning and hard work, this must be done within the parameters of sportsmanship and fair play.
Athletic participation is an integral part of a well-rounded learning experience. Through athletics the student-athlete learns teamwork, self-discipline, time management, commitment and problem solving. These are just some ways athletics can provide the potential for our student-athletes to become better people and citizens.
—Mark Madden, Athletic Director