Schools With 100 Years Of Football

Some of these schools may already have had a 100-year celebration, but here are the ones that we have with first football scores in our files that are from 1920 season.

Atascadero
The Greyhounds were at their best when Larry Welsh was coaching them between 1979 and 1996, including 14-0 seasons in 1982 and 1995.

Atascadero cheerleaders and players celebrate after a game in 2014. Photo: Cody Locker/AHSHilltopnews.com.


Canoga Park
There was a fun tweet just this week celebrating the Hunters’ 100 years. We have them at 10-1-1 in 1968 and 11-0-1 in 1981. They won the CIF L.A. City Section D2 title last season, then lost to South (Torrance) in SoCal D6AA regionals.

Chowchilla
The school was known as the Redskins until just a few years ago. Their first winning season we have was 7-1-1 in 1926.

Corning
The Cardinals were State Team of the Year for their division in 1988. They also were unbeaten three years earlier.

Grossmont (La Mesa)
We have the team getting to 7-1 in 1925 with an unbeaten season in 1927 (8-0-3). The Foothillers also were 9-0 in back-to-back seasons (1933, 1934).

Huntington Park
We don’t see that Canoga Park and Huntington Park are scheduled to play in upcoming 2021 winter season, but that’s a game that should be played. The Spartans won an L.A. City Section title in 2017, then lost to Vincent Memorial of Calexico in CIF D6-A SoCal regional final.

Patterson
This school has really grown in the last 10 to 15 years. The school community was rocked just a few weeks ago when two senior girls, Kaya Durazo and Ayana Guardado, were killed in a car accident in Tracy along with former Edison of Stockton standout Trey Breckenridge and former McNair player Donald Edwards.

Roseville
Alma mater of New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi and many others had its 100-year anniversary during 2019-20 school year. We don’t have any scores for the Tigers for 1919, but have them from 1920.

Sonora
The Wildcats are known for their unique and beautiful Dunlavy Stadium. They have trended toward being a smaller school in recent years due to declining enrollments.

Note: We have just one score well before 1920 for Willows, but that’s the only one and it could be a mistake. The Honkers don’t show up in the files more consistently until 1920 and were 9-0-1 by 1922.


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3 Comments

  1. Ron Nystrom
    Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    The first season for Turlock High football was 1920. My source is the book From the Fields – A History of Prep Football in Turlock California by Richard Paolinelli.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      I am aware of that book and it’s probably correct, but our files have three scores listed for 1908. Maybe that was some sort of town team and not representing high school. I’ll look at the actual card files and see what they show. They aren’t with me, though, so it’ll take awhile. Thanks.

  2. Ron Nystrom
    Posted October 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. I enjoy this site and appreciate your hard work.

    The book mentioned is of course primarily of interest to Turlock fans but it is very comprehensive (through last season in an updated version) and gives a good picture of the evolution of high school football in this area over the last 100 years. At over 360 pages not counting stats it’s long slog for anyone not totally invested but I enjoy history and getting the background on stories my Dad told me. You mention Stockton High in the article on closed schools; for many years in order to pair up the largest high schools the league stretched from Turlock to Woodland, with Turlock, Modesto, Stockton, Lodi, Sacramento, Grant, McClatchy, and Woodland. Turlock had some great teams but their record against Stockton was 9-24-1. I played basketball for Turlock in the late 60’s and when we played against Franklin we played at Stockton Jr. High, which used to be Stockton High, in this bandbox gym that was barely large enough to hold a court. But I do remember the Tarzan painting in the center court.

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