Crenshaw High School

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Crenshaw High School
Crenshaw Cougers.jpg
5010 11th Ave Crenshaw
Los Angeles, California 90043
Type Public
Established 1968; 49 years ago (1968)
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal L. Remon Corley
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,466
Number of students 6789
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics conference Coliseum League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
Mascot Cougars

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

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.[1] The book received the PEN USA West for Creative Nonfiction Award[1] 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.[2]

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,[3] 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.

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  2. ^ Ron Guild, Crenshaw, De La Salle make their own history, Los Angeles Wave, December 16, 2009
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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. 
  5. ^ a b c d Marrow, Tracy; Century, Douglas (2011). "Freedom of Speech". Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood. Random House. pp. 127–140. ISBN 978-0-345-52328-0. 
  6. ^ Craig, Mark (May 12, 2012). "New Vikings linebacker Elimimian hits hard, no matter his size". Archived from the original on November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Goldstein, Patrick. "The Hard Cold Rap of Ice-T." Los Angeles Times. April 24, 1988. Calendar Desk 89.
  8. ^ Ice-T Biography. allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  9. ^ Bonsignore, Vincent (December 23, 1998). "SON SHINING; JOHNSON FOLLOWS HUGE FOOTSTEPS OF DAD, BROTHER". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved May 8, 2012. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Johnson Bio
  11. ^ "Kevin Ollie #12 Guard." National Basketball Association. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  12. ^ Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Announced Archived December 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.,, December 7, 2009
  13. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan: Who is Pamela Spratlen?". AllGov. October 19, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ "De'Anthony Thomas". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  15. ^ Jeff Pearlman (March 26, 2001). "Launchpad". Sports Illustrated. 
  16. ^ "This Valentine is a Heart of Gold... and a Pillar of Character". Baseball Against Drugs. 

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