By Lynn Journal staff, Cary Shuman
A NEW ERA BEGINS…The leaders of the new KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate high school football team, from left, assistant coach Melvin Lark Jr., assistant coach Joseph Jacobi, head coach James Rabbitt, director of athletics and assistant coach Anthony Grimaldi, and assistant coach Dan O’Connor.
The city of Lynn now has five high school football programs.
KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School, a charter school located on High Rock Street, will field a varsity football team for the first time this fall and compete in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Small Division.
KIPP joins Lynn Classical, Lynn English, Lynn Tech, and St. Mary’s in the varsity football arena. KIPP will play a conference game against Tech this season.
KIPP’s varsity football program coincides with the school becoming a member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). However, KIPP’s ten other varsity sports teams will continue to participate in the Massachusetts Charter School League (MCSL).
KIPP Director of Athletics Anthony Grimaldi said the consensus was that the CAC would be the best fit for its new football program.
“We talked with several people and they said it was a good league for us to join and it’s a local league so we figured we’d be a perfect fit for it,” said Grimaldi.