Dupree selected to National High School Football Hall of Fame
Former Philadelphia High School standout Marcus Dupree has been selected to be enshrined into the National High School Football Hall of Fame 2023 Class, it was announced.
"I'm so humbled..Mama I made it!!!!!!!..God is Good" Dupree posted on his Facebook page Monday.
Dupree released a letter that said: “Good morning Mr. Dupree, the board of directors of the National High School Football Hall of Fame, that's based in the city of Canton, Ohio, has selected you to be enshrined into the 2023 Class on Sunday, July 30th.
“We would like for you to provide us with your email to send you more information and your official letter of enshrinement. The 2023 National High School Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will kick off the week of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony."
One of the most highly sought-after college football recruits in 1982, Dupree landed at Oklahoma, where he was named Football News Freshman of the Year, second-team All-American and Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year.
Dupree left in the middle of his sophomore season and briefly attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He played spring football for the Golden Eagles and finished college at the university.
Dupree joined the United States Football League the following season and signed with the New Orleans Breakers in 1984. He played for the Breakers for two seasons before a knee injury forced him to leave the game.
Dupree returned to professional football in 1990, playing in 15 games over two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams before being waived prior to the 1992 season.
As a freshman in 1978, he scored five touchdowns as wide receiver and seven more as a kickoff and punt returner, including a 75-yard kickoff return touchdown on his first play in high school.
As a sophomore in 1979, he was switched to running back and rushed for 1,850 yards, and scored 28 touchdowns. He also played on Philadelphia High's basketball team, which finished the year with a 33–4 record and reached the semifinals of the Mississippi state basketball tournament and played first base and catcher for the baseball team, hitting for a .481 average, according to a Wikipedia entry.
As a junior in 1980, he rushed for 2,550 yards and scored 34 touchdowns (25 rushing, 9 by kick return).
As a senior in 1981, he rushed for 2,955 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. He finished his high school career with 7,355 rushing yards with an 8.3-yards-per-carry average.
Dupree scored 87 touchdowns total during his playing time in high school, breaking the national high school record (set by Herschel Walker) by one.