East LA Classic

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2007 Halftime show

The East LA Classic, or East Los Angeles Classic ('The Classic') is the homecoming football game for both James A. Garfield High School and Theodore Roosevelt High School. It is known as the East L.A. classic, because the two schools were among the first schools to be established in the East Los Angeles area. The Classic is one of the most highly acclaimed and attended high-school football games west of the Mississippi and has taken place since 1925, the year of Garfield's establishment (with the exception of a span from 1939 to 1948 due to the Great Depression and World War II). As of the 2009 game, along with 6 ties, Roosevelt leads Garfield in the wins column with 40 wins to Garfield's 34.[1]

The Classic brings out alumni from all parts of the world, usually fielding crowds in excess of 25,000 per game[2] and has been held at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East Los Angeles College, in Monterey Park, California, for much of its existence. The event was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a few years before returning to its original location at Weingart Stadium.

On Feb. 12, 2011, the rivalry held its first alumni game with Garfield defeating Roosevelt, 19-12.

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