Michael Jordan '81, Laney High (Wilmington, NC) scored a then game-high record 30 points but was not the MVP.  Photo was taken years after the game.  Photo credit:  McDonald's

Michael Jordan '81, Laney High (Wilmington, NC) scored a then game-high record 30 points but was not the MVP.  Photo was taken years after the game.  Photo credit:  McDonald's

Game Origin

In 1977, McDonald's® selected the best high school boys basketball players in the country and named them to the first McDonald's All American® High School Team.  The Team competed in the Capital Classic Game (started in 1974) against the best players in the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area. 

Then, in 1978, just one year later, McDonald's launched its own all-star high school game -- the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game®, featuring an East and a West team of the best high school boys players in the country. 

It was the first national high school basketball all-star game.

The Inaugural Game was played in 1978 before a crowd of more than 13,000 at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. 

Source: mcdonaldsallamerican.com

Read more about the origin here.

 

Game Firsts

1977Boys’ team (vs. Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area)

1978Boys’ game (at Philadelphia's The Spectrum)

1987Slam dunk competition

19893-Point shootout

1996Sportsmanship award

1997Player of the Year award

2002Girls’ game

2002Team ball competition

2008    Nationally televised selection show (ESPNU) 

2009Jam Fest aired live

2009    Skills competition

 

San Diego McDonald's All American Boys

Michael Pitts '79, Sweetwater (National City, CA) 

Jelani McCoy '95, St. Augustine (San Diego, CA)

Chase Budinger '06, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)

T.J. Leaf '16, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, CA)

 

San Diego McDonald's All-American Girls

Charde Houston '04, San Diego (CA) 

Candice Wiggins '04, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, CA) 

Kelsey Plum '13, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, CA) 

DiJonai Carrington, Horizon (San Diego, CA)

 

Game Results

Boys Games:  East leads 20-19

Girls Games:  West leads 10-5

Boys & Girls Games:  West leads 29-25

LeBron James '03 scored a game-high 27 points and was the MVP.  Photo credit:  McDonald's

LeBron James '03 scored a game-high 27 points and was the MVP.  Photo credit:  McDonald's

Best of the Slam Dunk Contest, 1992-2006

Best of the Slam Dunk Contest, 1994-2010

Year  Boys Game

1978  West 94-86

1979  East 106-105

1980  West 135-111

1981  East 96-95

1982  West 103-84

1983  West 115-113

1984  West 131-106

1985  East 128-98

1986  East 104-101

1987  East 118-110

1988  East 105-99

1989  West 112-103

1990  East 115-104

1991  West 108-106

1992  West 100-85

1993  East 105-95

1994  East 112-110

1995  West 126-115

1996  East 120-105

1997  East 94-81

1998  East 128-112

1999  West 141-128

2000  West 146-120

2001  West 131-125

2002  East 138-107

2003  East 122-107

2004  East 126-96

2005  East 115-110

2006  West 112-94

2007  West 114-112

2008  East 107-102      

2009  East 113-110

2010  West 107-104

2011  East 111-96

2012  West 106-102

2013  West 110-99

2014  West 105-102

2015  East 111-91

2016  West 114-107

 

Year Girls Game

1978  no game

1979  no game

1980  no game

1981  no game

1982  no game

1983  no game

1984  no game

1985  no game

1986  no game

1987  no game

1988  no game

1989  no game

1990  no game

1991  no game

1992  no game

1993  no game

1994  no game

1995  no game

1996  no game

1997  no game

1988  no game

1999  no game

2000  no game

2001  no game

2002  West 94-85

2003  West 92-72

2004  East 91-66

2005  West 80-64

2006  West 80-76

2007  East 105-76

2008  West 80-64 

2009  West 69-68

2010  West 84-75

2011  East 78-66

2012  East 79-78

2013  West 92-64

2014  West 80-78

2015  East 89-87

2016  West 97-88

City (Location)

Philadelphia, PA (Spectrum)

Charlotte, NC (Coliseum)

Oakland, CA (Coliseum Arena)

Wichita, KS (Henry Levitt Arena)

Chicago, IL (Rosemont Horizon)

Atlanta, GA (Omni) 

Los Angeles, CA (Pauley Pavilion)             

Dallas, TX (Moody Coliseum)

Detroit, MI (Joe Louis Arena)

Philadelphia, PA (Spectrum)

Albuquerque, NM (The Pit)

Kansas City, MO (Kemper Arena)

Indianapolis, IN (Market Square Arena)

Springfield, MA (Civic Center)

Atlanta, GA (Memorial Coliseum)

Memphis, TN (Mid-South Coliseum)

New York, NY (St. John's Alumni Hall)

St. Louis, MO (Kiel Center)

Pittsburgh, PA (Civic Arena)

Colorado Springs, CO (Clune Arena)

Norfolk, VA (Scope Arena)

Ames, IA (Hilton Coliseum)

Boston, MA (Fleet Center)

Durham, NC (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)

Cleveland, OH (Gund Arena)

Oklahoma City, OK (Ford Center)

South Bend, IN (Joyce Center)

San Diego, CA (Cox Arena)

Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)

Milwaukee, WI (Bradley Center)

Miami, FL (BankUnited Center)

Columbus, OH (Value City Arena)

Chicago, IL (United Center)

Chicago, IL (United Center)

Chicago, IL (United Center)

Chicago, IL (United Center)

Chicago, IL (United Center)

Chicago, IL (United Center)

Attendance

13,063

11,666

8,429

10,006

15,836

14,996

10,214

9,007

15,527

10,156

12,815

9,419

12,033

8,246

7,589

10,225

6,008

16,201

13,411

5,197

10,500

10,993

18,624

9,314

16,505

18,728

14,402

7,660

11,900

11,632

10,914

5,981

9,210

20,019

16,308

15,818

17,116

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