High School Football National Championship

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The High School Football National Championship is a national championship honor awarded to the best high school football team(s) in the United States of America based on rankings from such sources as USA Today[1] and the National Prep Poll. There have also been some efforts over the years at organizing a single-game playoff for the national championship.

Background[edit]

The oldest of the rating systems, the National Sports News Service, was begun by Art Johlfs—who originally started naming champions in 1927 as a 21 year old high school coach and official,[2] but did so much more formally starting in 1959[3] after enlarging his network of supporting hobbyists.[2] Johlfs himself managed these rankings through the 1978 season. He turned the poll over to Barrett Conley "Barry" Sollenberger, starting in 1979 (Sollenberger had previously maintained a poll for Joe Namath's National Prep Sports magazine in 1976, before it was discontinued the following year). The NSNS poll then remained under Sollenberger's management through 1999 (along the way he also retroactively picked back as far as 1910,[2] although at least one source has the NSNS making a 1904 pick as well[4]: xv ). It was then merged into Doug Huff's year-old, competing Fox FAB 50 poll starting in 2000,[2] which in turn continued on through 2014.[5] An early compilation listing of NSNS champions[6] does not necessarily match a more recent listing.[7]: 44–45  It is not immediately clear if these discrepancies are due to poor record-keeping, or if Sollenberger or Huff adjusted the list of champions over the years as new information came to light—or if they simply just disagreed with Johlfs' picks. Johlfs, for his part, described how he arrived at choosing a champion: he accepted input from Minnesota college and professional coaches, reviewed game statistics, films,[8] and press clippings,[9] and considered the school's total enrollment.[10] Johlfs said that his picks initially tended to be midwestern schools but shifted southward, because southern schools tended to play more games and were also allowed to compete in playoffs.[3] He was also known to keep a champion as the top-ranked team indefinitely in subsequent seasons' rankings as long as another team had not beaten them yet;[3] this ended up allowing multiple teams to repeat as champions, drawing some criticism to Johlfs.[9] Sollenberger, on the other hand, primarily determined champions by attending prominent games in person, while also consulting college football coaching staffs. He further acknowledged factoring in teams' past histories and their success in the larger population centers of the day when considering teams for his poll—usually including three teams from California and two teams each from Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas in his rankings.[11] Notably, Florida had a relatively sizable number of repeat champions in Johlfs' rating system but saw a significant drop in its number of champions under Sollenberger.

Informal intersectional games deemed as "national championship games" by the two participating schools were also, on occasion, sometimes played. Sometimes a dominant team in one state would defeat a dominant team in a neighboring state after the regular season and then would self-claim the national championship. However, sometimes such a game could not be scheduled, like in 1936 after Washington of Massillon, Ohio, refused to withhold its black players in a proposed game with segregated Central of Knoxville, Tennessee. Central subsequently proclaimed itself national champion that year.[12] On December 31, 1938, duPont Manual of Louisville, Kentucky, and New Britain of Connecticut played in an actual national championship game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a formal, third-party sponsor, the Louisiana Sports Association–and, by extension, the Sugar Bowl Committee, which held a series of sporting events leading up to the Sugar Bowl game itself. Manual won, 28–20.[13] The following year, on December 30, the game featured Pine Bluff of Arkansas, which defeated Baton Rouge by a score of 26–0.[13] This series of games proved difficult to organize, due to some states' prohibition of postseason play; Pine Bluff, for example, had to receive a special waiver from its state's high school sports association to participate in the game.[14] Even some schools that were eligible for postseason games like Massillon were unable to play in the contest, since their association only allowed postseason games through the month of November.[15] Also in 1939, the National Sports Council, chaired by columnist Grantland Rice, staged a national championship game Christmas night in the Miami Orange Bowl, won by Garfield of New Jersey, 16-13, over Miami of Florida; unlike the LSA Game, it featured two undefeated and untied teams from different sections of the country.[16] After World War II the National Federation of State High School Associations also began discouraging intersectional postseason games.[11]

Team and coaching superlatives[edit]

Concord, California De La Salle won 12 total national championships from 1994 to 2015, including 6 in a row from 1998 to 2003.

The first 10 of De La Salle's titles were coached by Bob Ladouceur, including all of those acquired during the 6-year streak. Todd Dodge (Southlake, Texas Carroll from 2004 to 2006 and Austin, Texas Westlake in 2020) is the only head coach to lead 2 different schools to national championships. Tony Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nevada Bishop Gorman in 2014) and Kenny Sanchez (Bishop Gorman in 2015 and 2016) are the only brothers[17] to lead a school to a national championship.

At 63 years, McKinley (Canton, Ohio) holds the record for longest span between first title (1934) and most recent (1997). Bruce Rollinson of Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) holds the largest span for a coach with 27 years between first title (1994) and most recent (2021) with 4 additional outright or shared titles during that span (1996, 2017, 2018, 2020). Rollinson's 6 titles are also the most of currently active coaches.

Selectors[edit]

Selector Year(s)
National championship game (NCG)* 1897, 1902–1904, 1906, 1908, 1910–1916, 1919–1920, 1922–1927, 1929, 1932–1933, 1937
Simon Lyons (SL) 1900, 1902–1903, 1906, 1908–1909, 1916, 1924, 1937, 1975–1976, 1978
Tim Hudak (TH) 1902–1904, 1906, 1908–1909, 1916, 1919, 1937
National Sports News Service (NSNS)** 1904, 1910–1916, 1918–1943, 1946–1999, 2014
Boston Evening Transcript (BET) 1912
National High School Football Coaches (NHSFC) 1932
Louisiana Sports Association (LSA) 1938–1939
National Sports Council Health Bowl (NSCHB) 1939
Imperial Sports Syndicate (ISS) 1962
Florida–Alabama State Team of the Year (FASTOTY) 1969
Art Judge's SWEET 33 (AJS33) 1976
National Prep Sports Network (NPSN)
Barry Sollenberger (BS)
1976
1978
USA Today Super 25 (USATS25) 1982–present[18]
World Features Syndicate National Prep Poll (WFSNPP)
PrepNation National Prep Poll (PNNPP)
1987–2014
2015–2019
USA High School Football (USAHSF)
USA High School Football Private Schools (USAHSFPrS)†
USA High School Football Public Schools (USAHSFPuS)†
1995–2012
2013
2013[19]
Dick Butkus Football Network (DBFN) 1998–2001[20]
Tony Poll (TP) 1998–2006[21]
American Football Monthly (AFM)
American Football Monthly Private Schools (AFMPrS)‡
American Football Monthly Public Schools (AFMPuS)‡
1999–2004
2005
2005
Fox FAB 50 (FF50)**
StudentSports FAB 50 (SSF50)
Rivals FAB 50 (RF50)
ESPN RISE FAB 50 (ESPNRF50)
ESPN HS FAB 50 (ESPNHSF50)
Powerade FAB 50 (PF50)
FAB 50 (F50)
1999–2000
2001–2005
2006
2007–2010
2011
2012[22]
2013–2014[23]
CalPreps (CP) 2003–present[24]
CalPreps Freeman Computer Rankings (CPFCR) 2004–2010
MaxPreps Xcellent 25 (MPX25) 2006–present[25]
ESPN HIGH Elite 25 (ESPNHE25)
Blue Star Media Go-To 25 (BSMGT25)
Blue Star Media Elite 25 (BSME25)
2007
2012–2013
2014–present
Rivals High 100 (RH100) 2008–2012[26]
MaxPreps Small Schools (MPSS) 2010–2016, 2018–present
Massey Ratings (MR) 2010–present
Sports Illustrated (SI) 2011–2012[27]
MaxPreps Medium Schools (MPMS) 2012–2013
Prep Force (PF) 2012–2019
High School Football America Top 25 (HSFAT25)
High School Football America National Top 50 (HSFANT50)
High School Football America National Top 100 (HSFANT100)
2012–2014
2015–2016
2017–present
High School Football America Medium Schools Top 25 (HSFAMST25) 2015, 2018–2019
High School Football America Small Schools Top 25 (HSFASST25) 2015, 2018–2019
SBLive/Sports Illustrated Power 25 (SBLP25) 2020–present
Catholic Athletes for Christ/Global Football (CAC) 2017-present

Notes: *—it is not immediately clear if these games were only scheduled between the two competing teams and base their authority on general acclamation, or if any or all of these games had an independent third party formally sponsor it to increase legitimacy; **—National Sports News Service rankings were merged into the Fox FAB 50 rankings, beginning in 2000; †—USA High School Football rankings were split into public and private school divisions, beginning in 2013; ‡—American Football Monthly rankings were split into public and private school divisions, beginning in 2005

National champions by year[edit]

Year Champion(s) Record(s) Coach(es) Selector(s) Note
1897 Madison (WI) 8–0 NCG[4]
1898 (no champion)
1899 (no champion)
1900 Moline (IL) SL[4]: 369 
1901 (no champion)
1902 Chicago (IL) Hyde Park 5–0 Eckie Eckersall NCG,[28] SL, TH[4]: 369  Eckersall served as player-coach
1903 Chicago (IL) Lincoln Park 7–0–1 Charlie Daly NCG,[28] SL, TH[4]: 369 
Al Johnson
1904 Detroit (MI) Central NCG, NSNS, TH[4]: 369  not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
1905 (no champion)
1906 Seattle (WA) Broadway NCG, SL, TH[4]: 369 
1907 (no champion)
1908 Chicago (IL) Englewood NCG, SL, TH[4]: 369 
1909 Chicago (IL) Englewood SL, TH[4]: 369 
1910 Oak Park (IL) 10–2 Bob Zuppke NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
1911 Oak Park (IL) 10–0 Bob Zuppke NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
1912 Oak Park (IL) 10–0 Bob Zuppke NCG, NSNS
Fostoria (OH) 8–0 Lawrence Boles BET, NCG
1913 Oak Park (IL) 10–1 Glenn Thistlewaite NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
1914 Everett (MA) 13–0 Cleo O'Donnell NCG, NSNS
1915 Detroit (MI) Central 11–0–1 Edbert Buss NCG, NSNS
Everett (MA) 11–0–1 Cleo O'Donnell NCG, NSNS
1916 San Diego (CA) 12–0 Nibs Price NSNS
Toledo (OH) Scott NCG, SL, TH[4]: 369 
1917 (no champion)
1918 Harrisburg (PA) Tech 9–0 Paul Smith NSNS
1919 Harrisburg (PA) Tech 12–0 Paul Smith NCG, NSNS
Everett (WA) Enoch Bagshaw NCG, TH[4]: 369 
Toledo (OH) Scott NCG, TH[4]: 369 
1920 Everett (WA) 9–0–1 Enoch Bagshaw NCG, NSNS
Oak Park (IL) 9–0–1 Glenn Thistlewaite NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
1921 Jacksonville (FL) Duval 8–0 Wiley Wright[29] NSNS
1922 Toledo (OH) Scott 9–0 William Neill NCG, NSNS
1923 Toledo (OH) Scott 10–0 William Neill NCG, NSNS
East Cleveland (OH) Shaw 9–1 John Snavely NCG, NSNS
1924 Toledo (OH) Waite 10–0 Joe Collins NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
Cedar Rapids (IA) Washington SL[4]: 369 
1925 Pine Bluff (AR) 16–0 Foy Hammons NCG, NSNS
1926 Tuscaloosa (AL) 9–0 Paul Burnum NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
1927 Waco (TX) 14–0 Paul Tyson NCG, NSNS
1928 Medford (OR) 9–0 Prink Callison NSNS
1929 Tuscaloosa (AL) 9–0 Paul Burnum NCG,[4]: 369  NSNS
1930 Phoenix (AZ) Union 13–0 Robby Robinson NSNS
1931 Ashland (KY) 10–0 Paul Jenkins NSNS
1932 Toledo (OH) Waite 12–0 Don McCallister NCG,[4]: 370  NSNS
New Rochelle (NY) 9–0 Bill McKenna NHSFC
1933 Oklahoma City (OK) Capitol Hill 12–0 Jim Lookabaugh NCG,[4]: 370  NSNS
1934 Canton (OH) McKinley 11–0 Jim Aiken NSNS
1935 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Paul Brown NSNS
1936 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Paul Brown NSNS
1937 Chicago (IL) Austin 10–0 William Heiland NSNS
Evansville (IN) Memorial NCG, SL, TH[4]: 370 
1938 Louisville (KY) duPont Manual 10–0 Ray Baer LSA,[13] NSNS
1939 Garfield (NJ) 10–0 Art Argauer NSCHB[16]
Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Paul Brown NSNS
Pine Bluff (AR) 11–0–1 Allen Dunaway LSA[30][13]
1940 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Paul Brown NSNS
1941 Chicago (IL) Leo 11–0 Whitey Cronin NSNS
1942 Miami (FL) 9–0 Lyles Alley NSNS
1943 Miami (FL) 9–0 Tom Moore NSNS
1944 (no champion)
1945 (no champion)
1946 Little Rock (AR) Central 14–0 Raymond Burnett NSNS
1947 East Chicago (IN) Roosevelt 9–0 Pete Rucinski[31] NSNS
Lynn (MA) Classical 11–1 Bill Joyce[32] NSNS
1948 Waco (TX) 14–0 Carl Price NSNS
1949 Wichita Falls (TX) 14–0 Joe Golding NSNS
1950 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Chuck Mather NSNS
1951 Weymouth (MA) 9–0 Harry Arlanson NSNS
1952 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Chuck Mather NSNS
1953 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Chuck Mather NSNS
1954 Vallejo (CA) 9–0 Bob Patterson NSNS
1955 San Diego (CA) 12–0 Duane Maley NSNS
1956 Abilene (TX) 14–0 Chuck Moser NSNS
1957 Little Rock (AR) Central 12–0 Wilson Matthews NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Portland (OR) Jefferson 11–0 Thomas DeSylvia NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Downey (CA) NSNS[6] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
1958 Portland (OR) Jefferson 12–0 Thomas DeSylvia NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Oak Ridge (TN) 10–0 Jack Armstrong[33] NSNS[6] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
Wichita Falls (TX) NSNS[6] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
1959 Massillon (OH) Washington 10–0 Leo Strang NSNS
1960 Lawrence (KS) 9–0 Al Woolard NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Miami (FL) 8–0–1 Ottis Mooney[34] NSNS[35][6] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
1961 Massillon (OH) Washington 11–0 Leo Strang NSNS
1962 Valdosta (GA) 12–0 Wright Bazemore NSNS
Miami (FL) 9–0 Ottis Mooney ISS[36]
San Francisco (CA) St. Ignatius Prep ISS[36]
1963 Chicago (IL) St. Rita 9–0 Edward Buckley NSNS
1964 Coral Gables (FL) 12–0 Nick Kotys NSNS
1965 Miami (FL) 12–0 Robert Carlton NSNS
1966 Pico Rivera (CA) El Rancho 13–0 Ernest Johnson NSNS
1967 Austin (TX) Reagan 14–0 Travis Raven NSNS
Coral Gables (FL) 13–0 Nick Kotys NSNS
1968 Austin (TX) Reagan 15–0 Travis Raven NSNS
Coral Gables (FL) 12–1[3] Nick Kotys NSNS[6] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
1969 Bogalusa (LA) 14–0 Lewis Murray[37] NSNS[6] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
Pasadena (CA) Blair 13–0 Pete Yoder NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Coral Gables (FL) 10–0 Nick Kotys NSNS[38]
Valdosta (GA) 12–0–1 Wright Bazemore FASTOTY, NSNS[38] not listed in recent sources as NSNS champion*
1970 Austin (TX) Reagan 14–1 Travis Raven NSNS
1971 Valdosta (GA) 13–0 Wright Bazemore NSNS
1972 Odessa (TX) Permian 14–0 Gil Bartosh NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Bristol Tennessee 13–0 John Cropp[39] NSNS
1973 Tyler (TX) John Tyler 15–0 Corky Nelson NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Chattanooga (TN) Baylor 13–0 Red Etter[40] NSNS
1974 Thomasville (GA) 12–1 Jim Hughes NSNS
1975 Los Angeles (CA) Loyola 13–0 Marty Shaughnessy NSNS, SL[4]: 371 
Rancho Cordova (CA) Cordova 12–0 Dewey Guerra NSNS not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
1976 Warner Robins (GA) 13–0[41] Robert Davis NSNS, SL[4]: 371  not listed in older sources as NSNS champion*
Cincinnati (OH) Moeller 12–0 Gerry Faust AJS33,[42] NPSN,[43] NSNS
1977 Cincinnati (OH) Moeller 12–0 Gerry Faust NSNS
1978 Annandale (VA) 14–0 Bob Hardage NSNS https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NSNS_1978_HS_Football_Ranking.jpg
1979 Cincinnati (OH) Moeller 12–0 Gerry Faust NSNS
1980 Cincinnati (OH) Moeller 13–0 Gerry Faust NSNS
1981 Warner Robins (GA) 15–0 Robert Davis NSNS
1982 Cincinnati (OH) Moeller 13–0 Steve Klonne[44] NSNS, USATS25[45]
1983 Berwick (PA) Area 13–0 George Curry NSNS, USATS25[46]
1984 Valdosta (GA) 15–0 Nick Hyder NSNS, USATS25[47]
1985 East St. Louis (IL) 14–0 Bob Shannon NSNS, USATS25[48]
1986 Valdosta (GA) 15–0 Nick Hyder NSNS, USATS25[49]
1987 Plano (TX) 16–0 Gerald Brence NSNS
Fontana (CA) 14–0 Dick Bruich WFSNPP[50]
Pittsburgh (PA) North Hills 13–0 Jack McCurry USATS25[51]
1988 Pensacola (FL) Pine Forest 14–0 Carl Madison NSNS, USATS25[52]
Prichard (AL) Vigor 13–0 Harold Clark WFSNPP[53]
1989 Odessa (TX) Permian 16–0 Gary Gaines NSNS, WFSNPP[54]
Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius 13–0 Chuck Kyle USATS25[55]
1990 Houston (TX) Aldine 15–0 Bill Smith WFSNPP[56]
Lawton (OK) Eisenhower 14–0 Tim Reynolds USATS25[57]
Ruston (LA) 14–0 Chick Childress[58] NSNS
1991 LaGrange (GA) 15–0[59] Gary Guthrie USATS25[60]
Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis 14–0 Dick Dullaghan NSNS, WFSNPP[61]
1992 Berwick (PA) Area 15–0[62] George Curry USATS25[63]
Valdosta (GA) 14–0 Nick Hyder NSNS, WFSNPP[64]
1993 Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius 14–0 Chuck Kyle NSNS, USATS25,[65] WFSNPP[66]
1994 Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 14–0 Bruce Rollinson USATS25[67]
Concord (CA) De La Salle 13–0 Bob Ladouceur NSNS, WFSNPP[68]
1995 Berwick (PA) Area 15–0 George Curry USAHSF, USATS25[69]
Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius 14–0 Chuck Kyle NSNS, WFSNPP[70]
1996 Hampton (VA) 14–0 Mike Smith NSNS, USAHSF, WFSNPP[71]
Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 14–0 Bruce Rollinson USATS25[72]
1997 Doylestown (PA) Central Bucks West 15–0 USAHSF
Canton (OH) McKinley 14–0 Thom McDaniels USATS25[73]
Hampton (VA) 13–0 Mike Smith NSNS, WFSNPP[74]
1998 West Monroe (LA) 15–0 DBFN, TP
Concord (CA) De La Salle 12–0 Bob Ladouceur NSNS, USAHSF, USATS25,[75] WFSNPP[76]
1999 Midland (TX) Lee 15–0 John Parchman DBFN, USATS25[77]
Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian 15–0 Dennis Dunn AFM,[78] FF50, TP, USAHSF, WFSNPP[79]
Concord (CA) De La Salle 12–0 Bob Ladouceur NSNS
2000 West Monroe (LA) 15–0 TP
Erie (PA) Cathedral Prep 14–0[19] USAHSF
Long Beach (CA) Poly 14–0 DBFN
Concord (CA) De La Salle 13–0 Bob Ladouceur AFM,[80] FF50, NSNS, USATS25,[81] WFSNPP[82]
2001 Jenks (OK) 13–0[19] USAHSF
Concord (CA) De La Salle 12–0 Bob Ladouceur AFM,[83] DBFN, SSF50, TP, USATS25,[84] WFSNPP[85]
2002 Lilburn (GA) Parkview 15–0[19] USAHSF
Concord (CA) De La Salle 13–0 Bob Ladouceur AFM,[citation needed] SSF50, TP, USATS25,[86] WFSNPP[87]
2003 Concord (CA) De La Salle 13–0 Bob Ladouceur AFM,[88] SSF50, TP, USAHSF, USATS25,[77] WFSNPP[89]
Thousand Oaks (CA) Westlake CP[90]
2004 Southlake (TX) Carroll 16–0 Todd Dodge AFM,[91] SSF50, TP, USATS25,[92] WFSNPP[93]
Charlotte (NC) Independence 15–0[19] USAHSF
Cincinnati (OH) Colerain 15–0 Kerry Coombs CP,[94] CPFCR
2005 Southlake (TX) Carroll 16–0 Todd Dodge AFMPuS,[95] CP,[96] CPFCR, TP, WFSNPP[97] Both overall and public school champion
Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier 15–0[19] AFMPrS,[95] USAHSF Both overall and private school champion
Lakeland (FL) 15–0 Bill Castle SSF50, USATS25[98]
2006 Southlake (TX) Carroll 16–0 Todd Dodge CP,[99] CPFCR, MPX25, TP, USAHSF, USATS25[100]
Lakeland (FL) 15–0 Bill Castle RF50, WFSNPP[101]
2007 Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier 15–0 Steve Specht CP,[102] CPFCR, ESPNRF50, WFSNPP[103]
Miami (FL) Northwestern 15–0 Billy Rolle ESPNHE25,[104] USATS25[105]
Concord (CA) De La Salle 13–0 Bob Ladouceur MPX25, USAHSF
2008 Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 15–0 George Smith CPFCR, ESPNRF50, MPX25, RH100, USAHSF, USATS25,[106] WFSNPP[107]
Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius CP[108]
2009 Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep 12–0 Greg Toal CPFCR, ESPNRF50, MPX25,[109] RH100, USAHSF, USATS25,[110] WFSNPP[111]
Abilene (TX) CP[112]
2010 Batesville (MS) South Panola 15–0 Lance Pogue MPX25,[113] RH100, USATS25[114]
Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 15–0 George Smith ESPNRF50, WFSNPP[115]
Lakewood (OH) St. Edward 15–0[19] CP,[116] USAHSF
Concord (CA) De La Salle 14–0 Bob Ladouceur CPFCR
Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep 12–0 MR[117]
2011 Calhoun (GA) 15–0 MPSS[118] Small school champion only
Louisville (KY) Trinity 14–0 RH100, SI
Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep 11–0 Greg Toal CP,[119] ESPNHSF50, MR,[120] MPX25,[121] USAHSF, USATS25,[122] WFSNPP[123]
2012 Katy (TX) 16–0 Gary Joseph F50
Concord (CA) De La Salle 15–0 Bob Ladouceur BSMGT25,[124] PF50
Bellevue (WA) 14–0 MPMS,[125] SI Both overall and medium school champion
River Ridge (LA) John Curtis Christian 14–0 J. T. Curtis HSFAT25,[126] MPX25,[127] PF,[128] RH100, USAHSF, USATS25,[129] WFSNPP[130]
Allen (TX) 15–1 CP,[131] HSFAT25,[126] MR[132]
Davie (FL) University Roger Harriott MPSS[133] Small school champion only
2013 Allen (TX) 16–0 Tom Westerberg BSMGT25,[134] HSFAT25[126]
Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco 15–0 Jason Negro CP,[135] MR,[136] USAHSFPrS Both overall and private school champion
Maria Stein (OH) Marion Local 15–0 MPSS[137] Small school champion only
Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington 14–0 Ice Harris F50, MPMS,[138] MPX25,[139] PF,[140] USATS25,[141] WFSNPP[142] Both overall and medium school champion
Hoover (AL) Josh Niblet[19] USAHSFPuS Public school champion only
2014 Allen (TX) 16–0 Tom Westerberg BSME25,[134] HSFAT25,[126] MPX25,[143] NSNS
Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman 15–0 Tony Sanchez USATS25,[144] WFSNPP[145]
Concord (CA) De La Salle 14–0 Justin Alumbaugh CP,[146] MR[147]
Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian MPSS[148] Small school champion only
2015 Katy (TX) 16–0 Gary Joseph MR,[149] MPX25,[150] PNNPP
Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman 15–0 Kenny Sanchez BSME25,[134] USATS25[151]
Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County 15–0 Rush Propst HSFANT50,[126] PF[152]
Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian 14–0 HSFASST25,[153] MPSS[148] Small school champion only
Sammamish (WA) Eastside Catholic 13-0 HSFAMST25[154] Medium school champion only
Concord (CA) De La Salle CP[155]
2016 Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman 15–0 Kenny Sanchez BSME25,[156] CP,[157] HSFANT50,[126] MR,[158] MPX25,[159] PF,[160] PNNPP, USATS25[161]
Munhall (PA) Steel Valley 15–0 MPSS[148] Small school champion only
2017 Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 15–0 Bruce Rollinson BSME25,[162] CAC,[163] CP,[164] HSFANT100,[126] MR,[165] MPX25,[166] PNNPP, USATS25[167]
2018 Catawissa (PA) Southern Columbia Area 16–0 HSFASST25[168] Small school champion only
Houston (TX) North Shore 16–0 Jon Kay MPX25,[169] MR,[170] PF,[171] PNNPP
Alcoa (TN) 15–0 Gary Rankin HSFAMST25[172] Medium school champion only
Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 13–2 Bruce Rollinson BSME25,[173] CAC,[174] CP,[175] HSFANT100,[126] PF,[176] USATS25[177]
Hollywood (FL) Chaminade–Madonna Prep 12–2 MPSS[178] Small school champion only
2019 Catawissa (PA) Southern Columbia Area 16–0 HSFASST25[179] Small school champion only
Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco 13–1 Jason Negro BSME25,[180] CAC,[181] CP,[182] HSFANT100,[126] MPX25,[183] MR,[184] PF,[185] PNNPP,[183] USATS25[183]
Cedar Hill (TX) Trinity Christian 13–1 MPSS[186] Small school champion only
Miami (FL) Northwestern 13–2 HSFAMST25[187] Medium school champion only
2020 Austin (TX) Westlake 14–0 Todd Dodge BSME25[188]
Catawissa (PA) Southern Columbia Area 12–0 Jim Roth MPSS[189] Small school champion only
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy 8–0 Bobby Acosta HSFANT100,[190] MPX25,[191] SBLP25,[192] USATS25[191]
Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 5–0 Bruce Rollinson CP,[193] MR[194]
2021 Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 12–0 Bruce Rollinson BSME25,[195] CAC,[196] CP,[197] HSFANT100,[198] MR,[199] MPX25,[200] SBLP25,[201] USATS25[202]
China Spring (TX) 16-0 Brain Bell MPSS[203] Small school champion only

Note: all information between 1904 and 2000 is derived from the National High School Football Record Book (2001),[7] unless otherwise specified; *—listings from an earlier source[6] do not necessarily match listings from a more recent source[7]—it is not immediately clear if this was due to poor record-keeping or if past champions were later reevaluated by the National Sports News Service and revised accordingly

National championships by school[edit]

City State School Championship(s) Year(s)
Concord CA De La Salle 12 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
Massillon OH Washington 9 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1961
Santa Ana CA Mater Dei 6 1994, 1996, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
Valdosta GA Valdosta 6 1962, 1969, 1971, 1984, 1986, 1992
Miami FL Miami 5 1942, 1943, 1960, 1962, 1965
Cincinnati OH Moeller 5 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982
Oak Park IL Oak Park 5 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1920
Cleveland OH St. Ignatius 4 1989, 1993, 1995, 2008
Coral Gables FL Coral Gables 4 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969
Toledo OH Scott 4 1916, 1919, 1922, 1923
Allen TX Allen 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Austin TX Reagan 3 1967, 1968, 1970
Berwick PA Berwick Area 3 1983, 1992, 1995
Catawissa PA Southern Columbia Area 3 2018, 2019, 2020
Las Vegas NV Bishop Gorman 3 2014, 2015, 2016
Ramsey NJ Don Bosco Prep 3 2009, 2010, 2011
Southlake TX Carroll 3 2004, 2005, 2006
Fort Lauderdale FL St. Thomas Aquinas 2 2008, 2010
Abilene TX Abilene 2 1956, 2009
Bellflower CA St. John Bosco 2 2013, 2019
Canton OH McKinley 2 1934, 1997
Chicago IL Englewood 2 1908, 1909
Cincinnati OH St. Xavier 2 2005, 2007
Detroit MI Central 2 1904, 1915
Everett MA Everett 2 1914, 1915
Everett WA Everett 2 1919, 1920
Hampton VA Hampton 2 1996, 1997
Harrisburg PA Harrisburg Tech 2 1918, 1919
Jacksonville FL Trinity Christian 2 2014, 2015
Katy TX Katy 2 2012, 2015
Lakeland FL Lakeland 2 2005, 2006
Little Rock AR Little Rock Central 2 1946, 1957
Miami FL Miami Northwestern 2 2007, 2019
Odessa TX Permian 2 1972, 1989
Pine Bluff AR Pine Bluff 2 1925, 1939
Portland OR Jefferson 2 1957, 1958
San Diego CA San Diego 2 1916, 1955
Toledo OH Waite 2 1924, 1932
Tuscaloosa AL Tuscaloosa 2 1926, 1929
Waco TX Waco 2 1927, 1948
Warner Robins GA Warner Robins 2 1976, 1981
West Monroe LA West Monroe 2 1998, 2000
Wichita Falls TX Wichita Falls 2 1949, 1958
Alcoa TN Alcoa 1 2018
Annandale VA Annandale 1 1978
Ashland KY Ashland 1 1931
Austin TX Westlake 1 2020
Batesville MS South Panola 1 2010
Bellevue WA Bellevue 1 2012
Bogalusa LA Bogalusa 1 1969
Bradenton FL IMG Academy 1 2020
Bristol TN Tennessee 1 1972
Calhoun GA Calhoun 1 2011
Cedar Hill TX Trinity Christian 1 2019
Cedar Rapids IA Washington 1 1924
Charlotte NC Independence 1 2004
Chattanooga TN Baylor 1 1973
Chicago IL Austin 1 1937
Chicago IL Hyde Park 1 1902
Chicago IL Leo 1 1941
Chicago IL Lincoln Park 1 1903
Chicago IL St. Rita 1 1963
China Spring TX China Spring 1 2021
Cincinnati OH Colerain 1 2004
Davie FL University 1 2012
Downey CA Downey 1 1957
Doylestown PA Central Bucks West 1 1997
East Chicago IN Roosevelt 1 1947
East Cleveland OH Shaw 1 1923
East St. Louis IL East St. Louis 1 1985
Erie PA Cathedral Prep 1 2000
Evansville IN Memorial 1 1937
Fontana CA Fontana 1 1987
Fostoria OH Fostoria 1 1912
Hollywood FL Chaminade–Madonna Prep 1 2018
Hoover AL Hoover 1 2013
Houston TX Aldine 1 1990
Houston TX North Shore 1 2018
Houston TX Stratford 1 1978
Indianapolis IN Ben Davis 1 1991
Jacksonville FL Duval 1 1921
Jenks OK Jenks 1 2001
LaGrange GA LaGrange 1 1991
Lakewood OH St. Edward 1 2010
Lawrence KS Lawrence 1 1960
Lawton OK Eisenhower 1 1990
Lilburn GA Parkview 1 2002
Long Beach CA Long Beach Poly 1 2000
Los Angeles CA Loyola 1 1975
Louisville KY duPont Manual 1 1938
Louisville KY Trinity 1 2011
Lynn MA Lynn Classical 1 1947
Madison WI Madison 1 1897
Maria Stein OH Marion Local 1 2013
Medford OR Medford 1 1928
Miami FL Booker T. Washington 1 2013
Midland TX Lee 1 1999
Moline IL Moline 1 1900
Moultrie GA Colquitt County 1 2015
Munhall PA Steel Valley 1 2016
New Rochelle NY New Rochelle 1 1932
Oak Ridge TN Oak Ridge 1 1958
Oklahoma City OK Capitol Hill 1 1933
Pasadena CA Blair 1 1969
Pensacola FL Pine Forest 1 1988
Phoenix AZ Union 1 1930
Pico Rivera CA El Rancho 1 1966
Pittsburgh PA North Hills 1 1987
Plano TX Plano 1 1987
Prichard AL Vigor 1 1988
Rancho Cordova CA Cordova 1 1975
River Ridge LA John Curtis Christian 1 2012
Ruston LA Ruston 1 1990
Sammamish WA Eastside Catholic 1 2015
San Francisco CA St. Ignatius Prep 1 1962
Santa Fe Springs CA St. Paul 1 1978
Seattle WA Broadway 1 1906
Shreveport LA Evangel Christian 1 1999
Thomasville GA Thomasville 1 1974
Thousand Oaks CA Westlake 1 2003
Tyler TX John Tyler 1 1973
Vallejo CA Vallejo 1 1954
Weymouth MA Weymouth 1 1951

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