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Bill Russell & the Greatest of All-Time in every CIF sport

With the death on Sunday at age 88 of NBA icon Bill Russell, the tributes to him include being called perhaps the greatest team sports champion of all-time since he was part of 11 NBA titles for the Boston Celtics. Russell played as a high schooler at McClymonds of Oakland (where one of his teammates […]

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Eleven from CA on NBA 75th Team

The highlight of the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend two weeks ago was the celebration of the all-time best players throughout the 75 years of the league. The NBA named and honored the players, but they weren’t ranked in any particular order. There were 11 from California high schools who were presented. Here’s our ranking of […]

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State’s All-Time 100 Greatest Athletes (Men)

After Tom Brady of Serra High (San Mateo) earned a seventh Super Bowl title last week, we were inspired to write up our own rankings of the all-time greatest 100 athletes from California high schools. Based on CIF sanctioned sports only, we have Brady at No. 3 behind only Jackie Robinson and Bill Russell. McClymonds...

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Two MVPs Who Were Calif Teammates

All high schools can boast of a legendary athlete, the one who made it all the way to the big leagues in their chosen sport. Every so often, however, a school produces that player who ascends to the elite level of superstardom, to be ranked among the best of the best. McClymonds High School of […]

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NBA Finals Alums: Dominguez on Top

No other high school in California can claim it has had four alums play in the NBA Finals than Dominguez of Compton and one of those also has been MVP. We’ve gone through the rosters of every NBA Finals squad since 1950 so we can now add another archive list to our site to match […]


Boys BB: CA’s All-Time Best Honor Roll

In addition to state records in various sports, we have also maintained alumni lists of those from California high schools who’ve collected major awards and honors for college and the pros. For boys basketball, we have Hall of Fame members, U.S. Olympic Team members, first and second team All-NBA players, college players of the year […]

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State’s Top 25 NBA Player Rankings

After conclusion of the 2019 NBA playoffs, we present our picks of the top 25 players from California high schools. This list had to be revised quite a bit from the first time we did it after Kahwi Leonard of M.L. King (Riverside) led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title. Kahwi of course also […]


Dynamic Duos: Best in State History

Lisa Leslie & Tina Thompson (both from Morningside of Inglewood) making the WNBA all-time top 20 team two weeks ago inspired us to come up with a list of the top 10 duos who are from the same high school at generally the same time.


Yanks, Celtics, Pats On One State List

After reading about the accomplishments of Yogi Berra when he died recently, we were inspired to look up a list of the greatest pro sports champions from California high schools (presented by It’s a list that also includes many New York Yankees, but there’s one from a California high school who won even more […]

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California’s NBA All-Star Alumni

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, who scored 37 points to lead Santa Margarita to a CIF D3 state title, is the 50th player from a California high school who has been selected to an NBA all-star team. In honor of that total, we have decided to start a new NBA All-Star Alumni list […]

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