CIF-San Diego Section History

Moments of the Decade, 1960-2010

Top 50 Players, 1960-2010

Suspension of Play Section Wide

 

CIF-San Diego Section Timeline

1898-99:  First football game between two schools in San Diego, San Diego won at Escondido 6-0.

1960-61:  San Diego Section breaks off from the Southern Section with 32 schools. 

1974-75:  Title IX opens sports to girls.

1987-88:  Moves from class 3A, 2A, 1A to divisions I, II, III, IV, V.

1993-94:  Playoff divisions moved to enrollment based divisions, not based on leagues.

2000-01:  Last of the Imperial Valley area schools join the section from the Southern section.

2012-13:  New transfer rule allows transfers if player sits out 30 days.

2012-13:  Changes the design of the section trophies; at least the 3rd design since 1960-61.

2013-14:  Playoff divisions based on team strength, not school enrollment, pilot program in Spring 2013.  Also, an open division for the top 8 teams is established.

 

Approximate history of the San Diego Section office location:

1960:  San Diego school district on Norman Street.

1972:  Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.

1984:  Trailers located near Grossmont High.

1986:  San Diego County Office of Education on Linda Vista Road

2012:  Hall of Champions in Balboa Park

2017:  Mission Valley office on Camino del Rio North.

 

CIF-San Diego Section Commissioners

1960-76:  Don Clarkson

1976-96:  Kendall Webb

1996-01:  Jan Jessop

2001-11:  Dennis Ackerman

2011-current:      Jerry Schneipp

 

CIF-San Diego Section Inaugural Seasons by Sport (section began in 1960-61)

1960-61:  Football 

1960-61:  Boys’ Cross Country  

1960-61:  Boys’ Basketball

1960-61:  Wrestling

1960-61:  Baseball 

1960-61:  Boys’ Tennis

1960-61:  Boys’ Track & Field 

1960-61:  Boys’ Gymnastics (discontinued in 1975-76)

1960-61:  Boys’ Swimming

1960-61:  Boys’ Golf

1967-68:  Boys’ Water Polo

1971-72:  Boys’ Soccer

1973-74:  Girls’ Gymnastics (Title IX opens sports to girls)

1973-74:  Girls’ Track & Field (Title IX opens sports to girls)

1973-74:  Girls’ Swimming (Title IX opens sports to girls)

1974-75:  Girls’ Volleyball

1974-75:  Girls’ Tennis

1974-75:  Girls’ Basketball

1974-75:  Field Hockey (winter season)

1974-75:  Softball

1977-78:  Girls’ Cross Country

1981-82:  Girls’ Soccer (spring season)

1983-84:  Girls’ Soccer moves from the spring to the winter season

1983-84:  Girls’ Basketball moves from the spring to the winter season 

1983-84:  Field Hockey moves from the winter to the fall season

1987-88:  Boys’ Volleyball

1987-88:  Badminton (no official play from 2000-01 to 2005-06)

1996-97:  Girls’ Water Polo

2000-01:  Girls’ Golf

2001-02:  Boys’ Lacrosse

2001-02:  Girls’ Lacrosse

2012-13:  Girls' Wrestling

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CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) History

CIF Southern Section, A Brief History

1890’s:  First leagues created to play football and baseball in the Los Angeles area.  Some players didn’t even attend the schools.

1904:  Track & Field sponsored by the High School Athletic Association of Southern California.

1913:  The Southern Section was created informally by school principals in the Los Angeles area primarily to organize track & field.  The first name was the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Council (SCIAC).  The SCIAC encompassed the current Los Angeles City and San Diego Sections.  There were five leagues and 30 teams in the SCIAC and there were four CIF sections across the state.  Prior to the creation of the Southern Section adult coaches played on high school teams so in 1913 the original maximum age limit to participate was 21 years old.

1914:   SCIAC changes name to “The Southern Section of the CIF”.  CIF State is founded on June 1st.

1915:   The first state track & field championship in Fresno.

1935:   Los Angeles City Section breaks off from the Southern Section.

1960:   San Diego Section breaks off from the Southern Section.

2000:   Imperial County area schools breaks off from the Southern Section to join the San Diego Section.

Source:  History of the CIF, Southern Section;  Dr. John S. Dahlem

 

CIF State, A Brief History

1914:  CIF State is founded on June 1st.

1917:  CIF became a statewide organization.

1995: Jack Hayes becomes new state commissioner and changes his title to executive director to change the culture of the CIF from a rule-imposing organization to a more service oriented organization with more of the power and control at the section level.

2009:  State office moves from Alameda to Sacramento.

2014:  The All-Century Team, the top players from the first 100 years of CIF is named after the public voting is completed.

 

Establishment of CIF Sections

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Map #, Year, Section, origin of establishment

n/a   1914  State CIF, established by school principles

# 9:  1914  Southern, charter member of the CIF

# 7:  1914  Central, charter member of the CIF

# 1:  1914  Northern, charter member of the CIF

# 2:  1914  North Coast (Bay), charter member of the CIF

# 8:  1935  Los Angeles City, broke from the Southern section

# 5:  1940  Oakland, broke from the North Coast section

# 3:  1944  Sac-Joaquin, broke from the Northern section

# 4:  1945  San Francisco, was named the Academic Athletic Association (AAA)

# 10:  1960  San Diego, broke from the Southern section

# 6:  1965  Central Coast, broke from the North Coast section

 

CIF-San Diego Section History

State CIF Chief Executive Officers

1914-15:  E.W. Barnhart

1915-37:  C.L. Biedenbach

1937-55:  A.B. Ingham

1955-80:  William Russell

1980-95:  Thomas E. Byrnes

1995-01:  Jack J. Hayes

2001-12:  Marie M. Ishida

2012-current    :  Roger Blake

 
Early construction stage of Del Norte, total cost was $ 110 million, football stadium in the lower left corner.

Early construction stage of Del Norte, total cost was $ 110 million, football stadium in the lower left corner.

Year, High School, Cost, School District (not adjusted for inflation)

1922  Grossmont, $ 123,000, Grossmont Unified School District

1957  Crawford, $ 2.3 million, San Diego Unified School District

1974  Valhalla, $ 6.5 million, Grossmont Unified High School District

1990  Rancho Bernardo, $ 37 million, Poway Unified School District

2003  Otay Ranch, $ 63 million, Sweetwater Union High School District

2009  Del Norte, $ 110 million, Poway Unified School District