DPS administrators put on leave as fallout continues after massive brawl involving Dunbar

DPS administrators put on leave as fallout continues after massive brawl involving Dunbar (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - More fallout at Dayton Public Schools after a massive brawl, almost getting Dunbar kicked out of the state playoffs.

Athletic Director Mark Baker and Dunbar Principal Crystal Phillips are on leave pending an investigation.

“I think they could have done more to prevent it from happening in the first place,” Vintage Barbershop owner Gino Baccus said.

Baccus’s customers are local kids, he hates to see them trapped in the middle of one controversy after another.

“The adults are running the programs, they're the ones that implement the rules so they should be held accountable,” Baccus said.

DPS is now taking action. On March 1, they sent letters to Baker and Phillips, placing both on administrative leave.

Baker has had a tumultuous run as Athletic Director.

In 2016, Dunbar football players were told to lose to avoid reporting an ineligible player, resulting in an OHSAA probation and $10,000 fine.

A FOX 45 investigation revealed a memo saying coaches and principals claim Baker made the call.

Baker got a verbal warning, but also a contract extension.

“A lot of us can already see and tell what's going on at DPS that's not kosher so to speak,” Baccus said.

Baccus wants to see changes in leadership and a renewed focus in what matters most.

“Sports is nothing when it comes to education and education should be top at all costs,” Baccus said.

FOX 45 asked DPS to go on camera about the decision regarding Baker and Phillips. They refused, saying they can't discuss personnel matters.

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