California's Top Athletic Program, Long Beach Poly?

 Long Beach Poly is considered by some the state's top athletic program of the past century.  The California Coaches Association officially gave Poly the title "School of the Century", see the mural on the photo below.

Long Beach Poly is considered by some the state's top athletic program of the past century.  The California Coaches Association officially gave Poly the title "School of the Century", see the mural on the photo below.

 Long Beach Poly is also known as the "The Beach" & "Poly"

Long Beach Poly is also known as the "The Beach" & "Poly"

  "School of the Century", California Coaches Assocation

 "School of the Century", California Coaches Assocation

 Gwynn Field is the baseball field at Long Beach Poly.  Tony Gwynn, Poly class of 1977 was more highly recruited for basketball than baseball.

Gwynn Field is the baseball field at Long Beach Poly.  Tony Gwynn, Poly class of 1977 was more highly recruited for basketball than baseball.

Nation's Top 25 Programs, 1995-2005

Sports Illustrated:  Best Prep Athletic Programs in the Nation

Consideration:  all-round excellence from 1995-2005, state titles and college athletes produced

California schools are at a clear disadvantage because many sports in California do not have state playoffs/championships unlike other states.

There are no San Diego high schools on the list but Torrey Pines and Cathedral Catholic would be the front runners along with La Costa Canyon and Poway.

  1. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA)
  2. DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  4. Punahou (Honolulu, HI)
  5. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)
  6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
  7. Parkview (Linburn, GA)
  8. Edina (MN)
  9. Bolles (Jacksonville, FL)
  10.   Carmel (IN)
  11.   De La Salle (Concord, CA)
  12.   New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
  13.   Parkersburg (West, VA)
  14.   San Xavier (Louisville, KY)
  15.   Marist (Atlanta, GA)
  16.   Highland Park (Dallas, TX)
  17.   Hoover (AL)
  18.   Saint Ignatius (Cleveland, OH)
  19.   Fayetteville (AK)
  20.   West Monroe (LA)
  21.   Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN)
  22.   La Cueva (Albuquerqua, NM)
  23.   Baylor (Chattanooga, TN)
  24.   Duncanville (TX)
  25.   Mountain View (Mesa, AZ)