Camden High School (San Jose, California)

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Camden High School was an American high school located in the U.S. state of California. It was the second school built in the Campbell Union High School District and the first of several to close. Originally located at the corner of Camden Avenue and Union Avenue in San Jose, much of its campus has now been sold and converted into a shopping center. Behind the center, some of the original buildings and the swimming pool remain as the Camden Community Center. Camden Park is the remains of the eastern half of the original athletic fields.[1]

The school closed in 1980 in the wake of Proposition 13.

Athletic program[edit]

Camden High was well known for outstanding track programs. Bob Woods (head coach) and Tim Rostage (sprint coach) build a program that featured Bob Paulin (1976 CCS Champion and 1977 Jr. College XC State Champion), Rex White (24-foot long jumper), Mark Stewart (9.6 100 yard), Kevin Harding (6 ft. 7 inch high jumper), Steve Ruddy (46 ft triple jumper), Doug Searle (pole volter-San Diego State 17-6 School Recorder holder), Ron McKee (CCS Champion-Shot -60 ft plus). Three time 880 Women's CIF California State Meet Champion Ann Reagan[1] ran a 2:04 800 meters as a Sophomore. Also to be noted was the 1968 Cross County team which won three league championships that year in the varsity, sophomore, and freshman divisions. The Junior varsity team placed third in their division. Scott Blake on the varsity team was voted to the second team All Northern California cross country team, Keith Kruse and Tim Tolbert, also on the varsity team were voted honorable mention. But the Highlight of the season was the freshman team which posted an undefeated record of 23-0. They won every invitational entered and posted the best time in the nation in the National Postal Meet, which rated them the number one freshman team in the country for 1968.

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25.