PASADENA, Calif. (January 6, 2022) – The public can now nominate candidates for consideration to the inaugural California High School Football Hall of Fame class to be enshrined at the Rose Bowl Stadium upon project completion in late-2022.
Nominations, and criteria, can be viewed at www.CAhighschoolfootballHOF.com and must be submitted by January 30, 2022 for consideration by the committee.
The project was announced last month as the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation secured two major pledges to establish the California High School Football Hall of Fame. The pledges on the project are funded by prominent philanthropists and business leaders in the Los Angeles area, Brian Panish and Mickey Segal.
The Hall will be located at the Rose Bowl Stadium with plans to open in 2022. The opening will include the induction of the inaugural class during the venue’s centennial year in late-2022 upon completion of the project space. With the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and National Football Foundation (NFF) playing a role, along with Cal-Hi Sports in conjunction with the Rose Bowl Stadium, a selection committee has been formed representing Southern and Northern California to begin consideration of the inaugural class. It is anticipated that the inaugural class will be announced in Summer 2022.
A full California High School Football Hall of Fame website is currently in development and will launch in early 2022.
Note from Cal-Hi Sports: There is a 10-year wait period for anyone being considered, so folks submitting a nomination should keep that in mind. Class of 2011 would be okay, Class of 2012 would not. We’re actually pretty sure no one from after 2010 is going in yet, but those players technically would be eligible. Also, those on the committee (including Cal-Hi Sports) are not going to need nominations or info on those very obvious people who are going to go in with the first class (such as a certain QB from Granada Hills or a certain LB from Oceanside or a certain head coach from Concord). The biggest help is going to be getting high school accomplishments and high school career details on players prior to 1975. That’s when the bulk of the info collected by Cal-Hi Sports really got going. All of our material is going to be available and presented to all of those voting on the committee. Knowing and finding out where someone went to high school who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or College Football Hall of Fame is easy. Finding out what they did as players in high school is often not (especially for those who played in high school before 1975).