High School Sports

City and Southern Sections continue legacy of excellence

High school sports has been a popular fixture in Southern California for more than 100 years. In California, competitions are held under the jurisdiction of the California Interscholastic Federation, chartered in 1915.

In the Los Angeles area, the CIF has two "sections," the Los Angeles City Section (essentially schools which are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District) and the Southern Section, which is virtually every other school in the southern part of the state excepting the San Diego Section schools.

Championships are held in the league, section (City and Southern) level and in a few sports on the State level: basketball, cross country, track & field, girls' volleyball and wrestling and regional championships (northern and southern) in golf and tennis.

Quick Facts

  • One of the most spectacular L.A.-area prep events of all was held on December 14, 1956 when the "Touchdown Twins" faced off in front of 41,383 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Randy Meadows of Downey and Mickey Flynn of Anaheim both led 12-0-0 teams in a battle that ended in a 13-13 tie and was ranked as the no. 71 moment in Los Angeles sports history.