Isaiah Harris plays football and basketball as well as runs track (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Isaiah Harris is a multisport athlete at Washington Prep. He is a wide receiver, wing, and sprinter with plans of also playing baseball. Harris likes football because of how different it is from track and basketball,

“Football, it’s a family,” Harris said. “I want to be a part of that family.”

This past football season, Harris helped the Generals to a 6-4 overall record and a 4-1 Metro league record. The Generals also kept four opponents from scoring, including their last in-season home game where they defeated University Pathways Public Service Academy 31-0.

His efforts helped the Generals reach the Division II playoffs. This past season marked Harris’s second year playing varsity. A major lesson that he learned during his first season was to have patience.

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After football season was over, Harris competed on the basketball team. With his contributions, the Generals boys’ basketball team had a 13-13 overall record and a 6-3 Coliseum record. Harris noted how certain skills he learned in basketball.

“The skills I learned in basketball, they help a lot,” Harris said. “Help me be more explosive, hit work, just a lot.”

While competing on the hardwood and on the gridiron, Harris has been excelling as a student with a 4.0 GPA. He is taking AP U.S. History and two honors classes: English and Physics.

“I’m hoping to be valedictorian when I’m a senior,” Harris said.

Out of the classes he’s taking, Harris enjoys Physics because of his teacher. During the spring semester, he began attending an architecture program at USC.

“My sister did it last year,” Harris said. “She said it was cool, she learned a lot.”

Harris’ father and grandfather encouraged him to pursue architecture.

In track and field, Harris competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, high jump and long jump. One of Harris’ proudest moments is winning the 100m event. He loves to compete, even when challenges arise. Participating in jump events has helped him with basketball.

“They help a lot,” Harris said. “I’m under six feet and I can dunk.”

Outside of academics and athletics, Harris helps out at his church by handing out programs and water to members. His future goal is to graduate from a four-year university and be financially stable.