Bryce Harper, the local baseball phenom, Sports Illustrated cover boy and national debate topic, will soon earn his GED and move on from the halls of Las Vegas High.
- Beyond the Weekly
- Las Vegas ‘prodigy’ makes Sports Illustrated cover (Las Vegas Sun, 6/2/09)
- It’s a swing of beauty (Las Vegas Sun, 2/7/09)
- Talent sky-high, feet on ground (Las Vegas Sun, 5/7/09)
So-called experts have said the 16-year-old’s decision to forego his final two years of high school to enroll in college—and gain eligibility for the 2010 MLB draft—makes a mockery of the educational system. Truth be told, the Clark County School District makes a mockery of itself with its 64 percent graduation rate.
Harper is going to gain career experience playing with a wood bat at the College of Southern Nevada. And he’ll be in college classes. Hopefully the education includes how to hit a slider and how to manage millions of dollars.