Crenshaw High School

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Crenshaw High School
Crenshaw Cougers.jpg
5010 11th Avenue


United States
School typePublic
MottoEvery Cougar. College Bound!
Established1968; 53 years ago (1968)
School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
DeanMario Quijada
PrincipalDonald Moorer
Enrollment678 (2019–20)[1]
AthleticsFootball, Baseball, Softball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Track and Field
Athletics conferenceColiseum League
CIF Los Angeles City Section

Crenshaw High School is a four-year public secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, located on 11th Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

The school first opened in 1968 and currently enrolls around 750 students.

History and background[edit]

Crenshaw High School opened in January 1968. The school drew students from several neighborhoods, including Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park, Crenshaw, 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. The total school enrollment at Crenshaw high school, as of the spring of 2020 is less than 700 students.

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.[citation needed] The accreditation was restored on February 1, 2006.


The first principal of Crenshaw High School was Robert Case, who opened the high school in January 1968. Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Sidney V. Thompson was the school's second principal. Jewell Boutte was principal in 1988 when she was awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award for innovations she brought to the school.

Carrie Allen, formerly an administrator for the Pasadena Unified School District in Pasadena, California became principal in 2009. Allen was replaced in summer 2011 by Sylvia Rousseau. 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 L. R Corley became principal and served as principal until June 2018. Peter Benefiel became the new principal in 2018 and served until June 2021. In June of 2021, Donald Moorer became the new principal of Crenshaw High School.


Crenshaw High's rival is Susan Miller Dorsey High School.


The school's football team played in the state championship bowl game on December 19, 2009, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Concord's De La Salle High School defeated Crenshaw's football team 28-14 to win the state title.[2] 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. In 2017, Crenshaw returned to the state championship, hosting Placer High School and winning 46-43.

In 2004, film star Kirk Douglas and the Amateur Athletic Foundation (AAF) donated stadium lights for the school's football stadium. The Crenshaw High School Varsity Football team won its first "Championship Division" Los Angeles City championship in 2005, defeating Woodland Hills Taft High School. A "AAA" Championship was won in 1992, defeating Chatsworth High School.

Crenshaw has won six State 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
2017 State champs


The Boys Basketball team has won numerous L.A. City and California State basketball titles. Crenshaw also won the International High School Basketball Tournament in Ahus, Skåne County, Sweden in the 1985 basketball season, highlighted by 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 boys basketball team has participated in The Les Schwab Invitational, a national tournament played in the state of Oregon along with tournaments throughout the United States, including the state of Alaska.

The team was coached for more than thirty years by Willie E. West Jr., who retired in 2007 and was succeeded by Ed Waters. The gymnasium where the team plays is named the Willie E. West Jr. Pavilion.

College recruits[edit]

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 NCAA Division I colleges such as University of Kentucky, UCLA, USC, Duke, Florida and Oregon amongst other colleges.

Notable alumni[edit]

James T. Butts, Jr.
Larry Elder
Pamela L. Spratlen

Film locations[edit]

Crenshaw was featured in the family television series Moesha. It also used its gym for the 2006 film Bring It On: All or Nothing starring Hayden Panettiere and Solange Knowles and Love and Basketball. 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. It was also featured in the 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Julio Moran (July 11, 1991). "Officer From Inglewood Is Named Chief : Police: The former deputy chief will be the youngest and first black to head the city's 175-member force". LA Times. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
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  13. ^ Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Announced Archived December 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,, December 7, 2009
  14. ^ "Cougar's Path 1972 "Pam Spratten" (sic) (Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles)". Generations Network. 1972. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan: Who is Pamela Spratlen?". AllGov. October 19, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  16. ^ "Cougar's Path 1980 "Darryl Strawberry" (Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles)". Generations Network. 1980. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "De'Anthony Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  18. ^ Guess in 10 Seconds | SCHOOLBOY Q x JAY ROCK Guess Kendrick Lamar, Lil Uzi Vert and 18 More, retrieved September 20, 2021
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  20. ^ "This Valentine is a Heart of Gold... and a Pillar of Character". Baseball Against Drugs.
  21. ^ [1]|Title= Eric Yarber Crenshaw High Alumni

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Coordinates: 33°59′49″N 118°19′44″W / 33.99694°N 118.32889°W / 33.99694; -118.32889