Clovis High School Leads the State in the Production of Collegiate Level All-Americans by Al Fontes

285 – Fred Bohna – UCLA/Clovis HS (C) NCAA Champion

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Al Fontes – Editor

The state of California has had a long history of producing top level wrestlers at both the high school and international levels. More recently, the Golden State has had several high school programs ranked in the top 10 to 20 in the country among the nation’s elite schools. They include Buchanan, Clovis, Poway, Gilroy, Clovis North, and St. John Bosco. A question I have had for some time and often discuss in detail among friends in my wrestling circle, “which California high school program has produced the most All-Americans at the collegiate level?” Without much thought, a majority of the California wrestling community cite the likes of Clovis, Bakersfield, and Calvary Chapel. Well, it’s not difficult to surmise that they are correct. Not one to speculate for long, I spent many hours researching approximately seventy years of college wrestling results at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, National Junior College (aka, JUCO), and NWCA (Club programs) to finally answer this question.

Breaking down the final statistical results into several categories, the following is from data going back to the 1951 NCAA Division I National Championships up to the more recent championships in 2019. To date, the overall number of collegiate level All-Americans that competed for a high school in California (All divisions) is 985, with the highest number being produced at the Division II level (323 or 33%).

To no surprise, Clovis High School in the Central Valley has produced the largest number of individual college level All-Americans at 18, followed by Bakersfield (12), and tied at 8 each,  Calvary Chapel (S) and Poway (SD). In addition, Clovis also leads the pack with individuals producing an overall count of 27 medals, followed by Bakersfield (25), and Calvary Chapel at 14.

Breaking down the stats even further, the CIF Section with the highest production of All-Americans is the Southern Section. To date, the Southern Section has produced 192 All-Americans (290 total medals), followed by the Sac-Joaquin at 114 (160 total medals), Central at 99 (111 total medals), Central Coast at 64 (103 total medals), and North Coast at 58 (97 total medals) rounding out the top 5. The top school per each of the ten CIF Sections is in order from highest to lowest, which include Clovis (Central – 27), Calvary Chapel (Southern – 14), Poway (San Diego – 13), Grace Davis (Sac-Joaquin – 13), Gilroy (CCS -9), Las Lomas (NCS – 9), Chico (Northern – 6), Winters (Northern – 6), San Fernando (LA City – 5), Oakland Tech (Oakland City – 5), and Balboa, Washington, and Lowell each tied at 2 in the San Francisco City Section.

The final statistic I was interested, which city in California has produced the largest number of All-Americans? To date, the city of Bakersfield leads the state with 30 individual All-Americans (54 total medals), followed by Clovis (24 individual/36 total), Santa Ana (17 individual/26 total), San Jose (14 individual/24 total), and Torrance (12 individual/20 total) rounding out the top 5.

Below are the entire lists of each statistic compiled.

College All-Americans by California High School 1951 – 2019

NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO, NCWA

TOTAL MEDAL COUNT PER COLLEGIATE DIVISION

NCAA Division I: 287

NCAA Division II: 324

NCAA Division III: 42

NAIA: 222

NCWA (Club programs): 56

JUCO: 55

TOTAL: 986

TOP 5 HIGH SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA – TOTAL MEDALS (All Collegiate Divisions)

Clovis (CS): 27

Bakersfield (CS): 25

Calvary Chapel (S): 14

Poway (SD)/Grace Davis (SJ): 13 (tie)

Escalon (SJ): 12

TOTAL INDIVIDUAL COLLEGIATE LEVEL ALL-AMERICANS PER CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL (Top 5)

Clovis (CS): 18

Bakersfield (CS): 12

Poway (SD) / Calvary Chapel (S): 8 (tie)

Vista (SD): 7

TOTAL COLLEGIATE LEVEL ALL-AMERICANS PER CIF SECTION

Southern (S): Individual All-Americans (192) / Total Medals (290)

Sac-Joaquin (SJ): Individual All-Americans (114) / Total Medals (160)

Central (CS): Individual All-Americans (99)/ Total Medals (111)

Central Coast (CC): Individual All-Americans (64)/ Total Medals (103)

North Coast (NC): Individual All-Americans (58) / Total Medals (97)

San Diego (SD): Individual All-Americans (50) / Total Medals (56)

Northern (N): Individual All-Americans (23) / Total Medals (41)

Oakland City (O): Individual All-Americans (6) / Total Medals (9)

San Francisco City (SF): Individual All-Americans (6) / Total Medals (7)

Los Angeles City (LA): 4 Individual All-Americans (4) / Total Medals (6)

TOP HIGH SCHOOL PER CIF SECTION – TOTAL MEDALS (All Collegiate Divisions)

Central (CS): Clovis – 27

Central Coast (CC): Gilroy – 9

Southern (S): Calvary Chapel – 14

San Diego (SD): Poway – 13

Sac-Joaquin (SJ): Grace Davis – 13

North Coast (NC): Las Lomas – 9

Northern (N): Chico/Winters – 6

Los Angeles (LA): San Fernando – 5

Oakland City (O): Oakland Tech – 5

San Francisco City (SF): Balboa/Washington/Lowell – 2 (tie)

TOP 10 CITIES IN CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield (CS): Individual All-Americans (30) / Total Medals (54)

Clovis (CS): Individual All-Americans (24) / Total Medals (36)

Santa Ana (S): Individual All-Americans (17) / Total Medals (26)

San Jose (CC): Individual All-Americans (14) / Total All-Americans (24)

Torrance (S): Individual All-Americans (12) / Total All-Americans (20)

Fresno (CS): Individual All-Americans (10) / Total Medals (14)

San Francisco (SF): Individual All-Americans (10) / Total Medals (11)

Elk Grove (SJ): Individual All-Americans (9) / Total Medals (12)

Modesto (SJ): Individual All-Americans (9) / Total Medals (16)

Vista (SD): Individual All-Americans (9) / Total Medals (10)

OTHER CITIES

Poway (SD): Individual All-Americans (8) / Total Medals (13)

Vacaville (SJ): Individual All-Americans (8) / Total Medals (11)

Vallejo (SJ): Individual All-Americans (7) / Total Medals (10)

Escalon (SJ): Individual All-Americans (6) / Total Medals (12)

Temecula (S): Individual All-Americans (6) / Total Medals (10)

El Cajon (SD)/Gilroy (CC)/Oakland (O): Individual All-Americans (6) / Total Medals (9)

Sacramento (SJ): Individual All-Americans (6) / Total Medals (8)