Several earlier threads talked about the John Muir of Pasadena, and Centennial of Compton powerhouse track squads with Muir's dating back to the 30's. In addition to all the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers at Muir they also had nationally ranked vaulter Mel Hein, Jr. and shot man John Boelter (a distant cousin of mine).
Other longtime powerhouses include Long Beach Poly and Berkeley. I lived in Northern California from 1967 to 1972 and I remember that two schools near T&F News were also powerhouses then. Los Altos and Palo Alto were very strong especially in the middle and long distances. I don't seem to hear too much about them lately. Have they fallen on hard times? Garry, can you help me on this one?
The old Southern League in LA City used to have real sprint powerhouses in the 50's and 60's. When Jefferson, Fremont, Manual Arts, Dorsey, Los Angeles and Washington met in their league champioship they usually eliminated several 9.7 or better 100yd dashmen from advancing to the City Finals because of the depth of sprinting talent. I believe that was part of the reason the L.A. City championship relay was a 8 man X 220yd relay instead of the standard 4 X 220yd relay run in the State Championship. I think some of these schools have in recent times had the same demograhic changes that have reduced other sprint powers like Compton, Centennial of Compton and LA Jordan to also rans.