Tom Casacky wrote:
In 1955, Centennial's 29 points came from Ken Dennis (1st 100, 2nd 220), Ken Thompson (1st 120HH), Paul Lowe (1st 180LH), Charles Dumas (1st HJ), John Blaylock (5th LJ) and the 880 Relay - Scott, Blaylock, Lowe, Dennis- which finished 2nd. Centennial had other entrants in the HH, LH and HJ who did not score. This was a good team.
Preston Griffin won the state 100 and 220 in 1957 at Berkeley (9.6, 21.3) but was injured on his first long jump and did not place. His injury also knocked out Centennial's 880 relay team. A projected 3rd in the LJ and a win in the relay still would not have been good enough to beat Berkeley HS for the team title. Griffin did compete effectively in 1959: He ran a 9.5 (legal) at the West Coast Relays.
Ulis Williams and Reynaldo Brown both attended Compton HS."
Reply: Thanks Tom it's obvious your knowledge of the '55 and '57 events is vast and mine is only half vast (pun intended). I had forgotten that the Cal State H.S. Championships rotated in those days: North, South, Central. i.e.: '54 Cal Berkeley, '55 L.A. Coliseum, '56 Chico State, '57 Cal Berkeley, '58 (Cerritos CC or Long Beach CC?), '59 Bakersfield JC, '60 Stanford - Palo Alto , '61 East L.A. JC, etc. I got to all of these except '54 (I was too young to drive) and '57 (My high school graduation day). With that background I should have had better recollection of the details.
Lastly what year did Williams and Brown graduate from Compton?
My recollection was Williams in '61 and Brown in '63.