| Prince of Tennis - Rival School Higa
|Found in 1966, Higa currently has a student body of 545 (372 boys, 173 girls).
|For the past 26 years, no team from Okinawa has made it past the Kyuushuu Tournament, but the run of misfortune finally ended this year with the surge of a new powerhouse, Higa. Under the leadership of Kite Eishirou, Higa dominated its regional tournament, dethroning Shishigaku, last year's National semifinalist. The Higa players are experts in Okinawan martial arts, which is incorporated into their tennis. Their trademark technique is the Shukuchihou, developed by martial artists to sneak up on the enemies. By running without kicking the ground and using the Earth's gravity, the martial artists use faster steps instead of letting their steps fall naturally. Thus, it would seem to be just one step. In Higa's case, during the initial movements, the position of the player's head would appear to remain completely unchanged, creating a false impression that they can reach the net from the service line in an instant. Considered to be the dark horse at the Nationals, Higa overwhelmed Rokkaku in the first round with the Shukuchihou, but came up short against the freshly-crowned Kantou Champion Seishun Gakuen. Higa's 8 regulars were assembled during a day of "Survival of the Fittest" training on the beach. Contrary to their martial arts background, the Higa players are very violent and do not practice self-restraint or honor. On several occasions, under orders from Kite or advisor Saotome Harumi, Higa players attempted to injure their opponent's advisor.
|Advisor: Saotome Harumi
Captain: Kite Eishirou
Vice Captain: Kai Yuujirou
Treasurer: Chinen Hiroshi
|SCHOOL POPULARITY POLL
|9th (369 Votes)