After coming off 3 straight losing seasons for the first time in school history, the 1960 Portsmouth Trojans brought the basketball program back to prominence with an 18-5 season, winning a district title. The Trojans secured their first opening Greater Ohio League win in 4 years with a 64-40 triumph over Hamilton Taft. Portsmouth finished a very respectable 6-4 in the GOL, with a sweep of Middletown 68-58 and 62-52, and Hamilton Taft. The sweep of Middletown was particularly sweet in that the Middies had beaten the Trojans 9 straight times. PHS clobbered Ashland KY 83-42, and handed the Ironton Tigers a 70-58 defeat.

Portsmouth vanquished Minford in the sectional opener, then buried Portsmouth East 92-36 for the sectional championship. The Marietta Tigers fell to the Trojans in the first round of the district tournament, and the Trojans won the district title with a win over the Chillicothe Cavaliers. Canton Timken (also named the Trojans) dealt PHS a heartbreaking 54-52 loss in the regional semifinals, but overall the 1960 team restored the winning ways of Trojan basketball.