Some of Einstein players gather in the the football office after school before heading to a football class started by Howell and his coaching staff.
Story & Reporting by Diane Roberts
KENSINGTON, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Win or lose, many schools are defined by their sports programs.
Einstein High School has overcome a losing tradition and the not-so-affectionate nickname, "Crimestein."
"We have new teachers, new administrators ... They've really changed things around to get that Crimestein thing out of here," said junior running back Khalil Wilson.
Instrumental in the change, Jermaine Howell, Einstein's head football coach for the last to years.
The Titans went 6-4 last year, their best record in 12 years. Coach Howell says instilling a winning attitude starts with relationships.
"They're shaping their life and their character," said Howell. "College is mandatory in our house and when I say our house, I mean Einstein."
Howell teaches the importance of strong bodies and strong minds. He's proud 18 former players have gone on to college over the last two years.
Senior quarterback Sean Loftus hopes to be next.
"[I'm] looking at Susquehanna University -- to play football there and get an education degree -- I want to teach. Coach Howell has had a big impact on that. I see what he's done in my life and I want to do that in other people's lives," said Loftus.
"He brings that type of energy that makes you want to do better for yourself and for the people around you and for your school."
Coach Howell hopes the desire to do better continues spreading throughout the school.