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W. D. Mohammed High’s Caliphs Varsity boys have been steadily climbing to their #1 ranking in Class A all season and are hungry for a State Championship title. Although it has been a remarkable journey, the Caliphs have experienced this unique come back years ago with the varsity girls team. For a small school tucked away in East Atlanta, the story is rare. S. Thomas Coleman chronicles their long road under the tutelage of Coach Farad Abdur Rahman in his AJC Class A blog, Prep Zone.

It’s déjà vu all over again for W.D. Mohammed boys head coach Farad Abdur-Rahman.

For the second time in his career he has taken a team at the tiny, Muslim-based school in East Atlanta and taken it from worst to first. Seven years ago it was the girls’ team. Now, he has done the same with the boys’ squad as the Caliphs enter region tournament play this week as the Region 5 regular season champions and the top-ranked team in Class A (No. 2 in the private school power rankings).

To take one team – boys or girls – to the top of the rankings more than once in a career is a great accomplishment. To do it with the boys and girls teams at the same school might be unprecedented.

Read the full AJC post here.