Crenshaw High School
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|Crenshaw High School|
|5010 11th Ave Crenshaw
Los Angeles, California 90043
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Principal||L. Remon Corley
|Number of students||6789|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Coliseum League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
The school first opened in 1968 and currently enrolls around 1,400 students.
Crenshaw High School opened on January 1968. The school drew students from several affluent neighborhoods, including Baldwin Hills and View Park-Windsor Hills, as well as a few other neighborhoods. The school's student body began with students from wealthier communities. Most of the students who attended Crenshaw High lived in or near this neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Crenshaw's biggest rival is Susan Miller Dorsey High School. Several areas, including the wealthy unincorporated Los Angeles County community of View Park-Windsor Hills, are zoned to Crenshaw; some sections of View Park-Windsor Hills are jointly zoned to Crenshaw and Westchester High School. On August 15, 2005, Crenshaw High School lost its accreditation due to administrative fraud. The accreditation was restored on February 1, 2006.
The school is renowned for its outstanding Men's basketball program, coached for over thirty years by Legendary Head Coach Willie E. West Jr., who retired in 2007 and was succeeded by Ed Waters. The Crenshaw Cougars have won numerous L.A. City and California State basketball titles. Crenshaw also won the International High School Basketball Tournament in Ahus, Skane County, Sweden in the 1985 basketball season. Crenshaw was featured in the 1991 movie Boyz n the Hood, film television series Moesha, and in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. It is also featured in the 2006 film Bring It On: All or Nothing. In 2001, the book "And Still We Rise," written by Miles Corwin, chronicled the lives of twelve seniors in the Crenshaw High Gifted & Talented Magnet program in their quest to obtain an education—amidst formidable obstacles. The book received the PEN USA West for Creative Nonfiction Award and much critical praise. In 2004 Kirk Douglas and the Amateur Athletic Foundation (AAF) donated to Willie E. West Pavillion exterior and interior lights to Crenshaw High School. The Crenshaw High School Varsity Football team won its first "Championship Division" Los Angeles City championship in 2005 defeating Woodland Hills Taft High School, However, a "AAA" Championship was won in 1992, defeating Chatsworth High School. Both Championship titles were under the leadership of Head Coach Robert Garrett.
The first principal of Crenshaw High School was Mr. Robert Case who opened the high school on January 1968. Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Sidney V. Thompson was the school's second principal. Ms. Jewell Boutte was principal in 1988 when she was awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award for innovations she brought to the school.
Ms. Carrie Allen, formerly an administrator for the Pasadena Unified School District in Pasadena, California became principal in 2009. Ms. Allen was replaced in the summer of 2011 by Dr. Sylvia Rousseau. Dr. Rousseau was formerly the principal at Santa Monica High School and the Superintendent of a Local District in LAUSD. She has also served on the faculty at USC's Rossier School of Education. In 2013 Mr. L. R Corley became principal, and is currently in that role today.
The Crenshaw High football team, City Section champion, had played in the state championship bowl game on Saturday night, December 19, 2009, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. They ended the season 14-1. The Crenshaw Football team went on to and win back to back championships, under the leadership of Head Coach Robert Garrett<Los Angeles Times>.
Under the leadership of Coach Willie West, the Crenshaw High Men's Basketball team won a world basketball championship in the 1985 basketball season. Some world basketball highlights include high scoring games with the team scoring 191 points vs. Ireland's high school basketball team and Crenshaw scoring 197 points vs. Cyprus High School of Magna, Utah. Throughout the school history the Crenshaw's men's basketball team has participated in The Les Schwab Invitational, a national tournament played in the state of Oregon along with tournaments all over the United States, even including the state of Alaska. Concord's De La Salle High School defeated Crenshaw's football team 28-14 to win the state title.
Crenshaw has 5 Division titles in football: 1992 AAA champs 2005 Div 1 champs 2009 Div 1 champs 2009 State Runners-up 2010 Div 1 champs 2013 Div 1 champs
Many standout athletes for Crenshaw in basketball, baseball and football have gone on to have success in college and Professional careers, with Crenshaw high being often serving as a pipeline to division 1 colleges such as UCLA, USC, Duke, Florida and Oregon, among other colleges.
The Los Angeles Unified School District website, the current (2015-2016) demography of the school is 76% African American, 22% Hispanic, 1% White, and 0.9% Asian with a total of 1,466 students, a drop since 2008 with 2,085 students.
- Chris Brown - late Major League Baseball All-Star third baseman with the San Francisco Giants.
- James T. Butts, Jr.- Inglewood Mayor, was first black and youngest Santa Monica Police Department police Chief
- Darwin Cook -Former NBA point guard selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1980 NBA Draft. Played with the New Jersey Nets, Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets & San Antonio Spurs
- D-Roc the Executioner - guitarist
- Larry Elder - Radio personality
- Solomon Elimimian - gridiron football player
- Tremaine Fowlkes- retired CAL; 2004 NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons
- Ernie C - guitarist
- Akbar Gbaja-Biamila - Former NFL football player and now broadcaster for CBS College Sports Network
- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - Former Green Bay Packers football player and the Packers record holder for all-time sacks.
- Johnny Gray - American Record Holder in the 800 Meter, 1992 Olympic bronze medalist; 4-time Olympian; 1987, 1999 Pan Am Games champion; 7-time U.S. Outdoor national champion; 3-time Olympic Trials champion.
- Ice-T - musician and actor for NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- Kris Johnson - former professional basketball player, son of Marques Johnson
- Marques Johnson - former basketball player, University of California, Los Angeles, LA Clippers, broadcaster, actor in White Men Can't Jump
- Left Brain - (Vyron Turner) musician
- Charles Lockett - NFL player
- Jim Looney - NFL, San Francisco 49ers
- Mike G - (Michael Anthony Griffin II) American Rapper and DJ, Odd Future
- Brandon Mebane - NFL, Seattle Seahawks
- Kevin Ollie - former University of Connecticut and NBA Minnesota Timberwolves player. Current head coach of the University of Connecticut, who won the 2014 NCAA National Championship.
- Brian Price - UCLA football player, Pac-10 Pat Tillman defensive player of the year, 2009
- Trayvon Robinson - Major League Baseball Player, Baltimore Orioles Orginization, currently with Norfolk Tides.
- Robin Russell - drummer, member of New Birth/Nite-Liters (band)
- Schoolboy Q - musician, member of Top Dawg Entertainment
- Pamela L. Spratlen - U.S. diplomat; Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan (2011–2014) and Uzbekistan (as of 2015)
- Misty Stone - former American pornographic actress and nude model.
- Darryl Strawberry - First overall Draft pick in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets. Named National League Rookie of the Year in 1983. Eight time All-Star who won four World Series rings. Hit 335 major league career home runs with the Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees.
- De'Anthony Thomas - wide receiver/kick returner for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Wendell Tyler - former Football player for UCLA, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers
- Ellis Valentine - Major League Baseball right fielder remembered for having one of the all-time great throwing arms. The first professional athlete ever signed out of Crenshaw when the Montreal Expos selected him in the second round of the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft.
- Donald Vega - Nicaraguan-born jazz pianist.
- Lee Webb - Former NFL player
- John Williams - former Louisiana State University and NBA basketball player
- Marcus Williams - Former NBA
- Michael Williams - former gridiron football player
- Victor Ray Wilson - drummer
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- Crenshaw High School profile provided by schooltree.org