Men’s Basketball Alumnus Arne Duncan ’87 Receives NABC Court of Honor Award

Photo by Gil Talbot.
Photo by Gil Talbot.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former United States Secretary of Education and Harvard basketball alumnus Arne Duncan '87 is one of two select individuals to earn Court of Honor Awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Foundation, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

Per the NABC, the Court of Honor Award is presented to individuals who have roots in college basketball, values those roots, and have gone on to distinguish themselves in their profession, exhibiting the highest standards of leadership. Duncan joins John W. Rogers, Jr., a Princeton alumnus, as part of the ninth group to receive the award.

Duncan was a four-year letterwinner and senior captain with the men's basketball program, where he was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-Ivy League honorable mention selection in 1987. He also went on to be inducted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Duncan is one of 34 players in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

Since his tenure at Harvard, Duncan served as the superintendent of Chicago public schools from 2001-09, and as the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education from 2009-15. He also played basketball professionally from 1987-91  in Australia after his graduation.

Duncan will receive the award on Wednesday, June 20 at the ninth Court of Honor gala in New York City. Additional information, including how to purchase tickets for the 2018 NABC Foundation Court of Honor Gala honoring Duncan and Rogers, is available at