Welcome to Bay Area Sports Stars, also known as BASS. BASS is a comprehensive Who's Who of more than 35,000 outstanding Prep Athletes, Coaches and Other Important Sports Figures in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries from more than 315 High Schools in the Nine Counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area. These Counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco. Also listed are other notable Celebrities & Alumni. BASS is the work of many contributors but was created by Chris Rogers with most research done by John E. Spalding. BASS came about as an outgrowth of an original idea to list all the Major Leagues baseball players who prepped in the Bay Area. One thing led to another and we slowly started adding more and more info. John and I have been interested in Bay Area prep history for many years, so this was a natural evolution. John, who has authored several books and articles on Bay Area sports and topics such as the old California League, Kezar Stadium and the PCL has also provided histories for the CCS, NCS and AAA. BASS is a living work and is updated as new athletes are discovered, current athletes are added and new schools come onboard. Many schools are now creating Hall of Fames and as such we hope this site will be of help to them. It has always amazed us that many schools have no idea as to the great athletes they have produced and how much wrong info there is about where athletes come from. We strive for accuracy, everything must be verifiable, so this becomes difficult as we start in the 1890s with little info available for us. Sorting through old newspapers, microfilm, books, oral histories, the Internet, yearbooks and personal collections is tedious research. But, it is extremely rewarding when you find something new! How many know that Bay Area schools have spawned athletes that have won titles in figure skating, dog sledding, auto racing, boxing , fencing, water skiing and more? We have also felt that the more eyes that see BASS info, the more complete it will become. We know of no other effort to do this in the Bay Area. We welcome new researchers to join us. Feel free to contact us with any verifiable information at email@example.com.
High School Athletes have been competing against one another in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area since the late 19th Century. Football was governed in 1891 by the Amateur Athletic Association. Other games and meets were arranged in a haphazard way until 1894, when competition around the Bay was provided by the Academic Athletic League.
The AAL provided structured competition for boys in football, baseball, swimming, tennis and track & field. Basketball was added in the early 20th Century. A few schools offered less formal interscholastic competition for girls in baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Teams represented schools, but were not under the direct control of principals, superintendents or elected school officials. There were frequent disagreements over eligibility, rules and finances.
In 1912, James E. Rogers of San Francisco's Lowell High School spoke for many saying the AAL "has become a mere shadow of the guiding spirit of high school athletics it represented a few years ago. Athletics should be recognized as part of school duties," he added, "and the Board of Education should oversee physical instruction and appoint someone to run the program".
Other educators agreed and in July, 1913 a California Teachers Association committee recommended school officials adopt policies to control interscholastic athletics, which effectively meant boys' sports. After a series of meetings, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) was formed in March, 1914. Its main purpose was to put the direction of interscholastic athletics in the hands of educators.
The CIF was divided into four geographical sections which mirrored those of the California Teachers Association. One of the sections was the Bay Section - later renamed the North Coast Section (NCS) -- which stretched from the Oregon border in the north to King City in the south and included Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties, which is the geographical area covered by BASS.
The NCS was established in September, 1914. Of the 70 high schools invited to join, only 15 responded initially. Some needed more time to meet and discuss the new organization. Original NCS members included Alameda, Antioch, Berkeley, Cloverdale, Fremont (Oakl), Healdsburg, Los Gatos, Oakland, Oakland Technical and Richmond High Schools. Scores of other schools became members within the next few years.
San Francisco officials chose to keep their schools out of the CIF, forming the San Francisco Athletic League (SFAL) instead. The league was renamed the Academic Athletic Association (AAA) in 1925 and did not affiliate with the CIF until 1945, when the San Francisco Section was created.
Although several Oakland schools were CIF members in the first few years after the organization formed, they dropped out in 1919 when the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) was created.
Like the San Francisco school officials, OAL leaders initially declined to join the CIF. The OAL became the CIF's Oakland Section in 1940. Two years later in 1942, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Section (SSJS) was organized. It included Solano County schools.
Because of the number of high schools had grown so large as a result of post-World War II population booms, the North Coast Section was divided in 1965, creating a new Central Coast Section (CCS) with jurisdiction over schools in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.
Schools in all five sections belong to leagues that sponsor competition in up to 16 sports for boys and girls -- who became full fledged partners in the prep sports world when Federal Title IX legislation was passed in 1972.
Many athletes compete for post season championships. In addition, state wide titles are awarded by the CIF in track & field (starting in 1915 for boys and 1974 for girls), boys wrestling (1973), girls volleyball (1978), basketball (1981), cross country (1988), girls golf (2003) and boys golf (2004).
The state basketball tournament, which began in 1981, grew out a highly successful Bay Area event known as the "Tournament of Champions." The TOC matched winners of several Northern California leagues beginning in 1947 at Cal's Harmon Gym and moved to the Oakland Coliseum Arena in 1967.
The CIF conducted state championships in football from 1915 to 1927 and San Mateo High won in 1926. In 2006, the CIF brought back state championships in football with champs crowned for several divisions (Open, D1, D2, D3,D4). Schools winning titles include De La Salle (2007, 2009, 2010) and Palo Alto Highs (2010). State basketball tourneys were held from 1916 to 1928. Bay Area Champs were Fremont (Oakl-1917), Berkeley (1924) and St. Ignatius (San Francisco - 1926).