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Poly is the flagship high school of the Long Beach Unified School District and the most populous high school in California.  It enrolls  approximately 5000 students annually.  Poly has long been distinguished in both academics and athletics.  The PACE magnet and CIC magnet programs boast more total University of California admissions than any other high school in California.  Poly has received numerous prizes for its music program, including multiple (6) Grammy Awards. In 2005, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Poly the "Sports School of the Century" , which applauds the baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, and other sports programs. LB Poly has also sent more players to the NFL than any other high school in the nation.

International Ambassadors 
International Ambassadors have been a tradition of Long Beach Poly since 1976. They replaced the traditional Homecoming King and Queen as a result of racial tensions during the 70's. They serve as representatives of Poly's diversity and do all they can to improve and promote the school.

Poly Firsts 
Poly was the first high school in Long Beach (1895)
California's first high school interscholastic athletics league (1899)
California's first high school student council (1910)
California's first high school PTA (1910)
California's first high school graduation using caps and gowns (1921)
Long Beach's first school to have two principals.

Notable alumni
Major League Baseball:   Tony Gwynn Jr., Milton Bradley, Oscar Brown, Ollie Brown, brothers Chris andTony Gwynn, (Tony 2007 Hall of Fame inductee); James McDonald, Randy Moffitt, Chase Utley, Charlie Williams (Major League Umpire)
NBA Basketball:  Tyus Edney, Mack Calvin, Monique Oliver
Football:  Marques Anderson; Dee Andrews; Darnell Bing; Kevin Brown; Mark Carrier; Antoine Cason; Larry Croom; Hershel Dennis; Kareem Kelly; Hershel Dennis; Tony Hill; DeSean Jackson; Winston Justice; Marcedes Lewis; Earl R. McCullouch;  Willie McGinest; Lazarri Middleton; Ronald Moore; Robert Moore; Stephone Paige; Samie Parker; Marquez Pope; Ken-Yon Rambo; Darrell Rideaux; Leonard Russell; Don Sasa; Hercules Satele; Jeff Smith; Omar Stoutmire; Pago Togagau; Gene Washington; Carl Weathers, also actor; Manuel Wright;
Tennis:  Billie Jean (Moffit) King, Vania King
Track and Field:  Andrea Anderson, John Rambo, Earl Thomson, Shalonda Solomon, Coach: Ron Allice, currently USC Track & Field coach
Other Sports:  Terry Kennedy, professional skateboarder; Samantha Larson, mountaineer; Tom 'Mongoose' McEwen, auto racer; Gary Gabelich, 12 year holder of land speed record at 623 MPH; Nationally ranked badminton Nicholas Jinadsa and Samantha Jinadasa; Water Polo, Rodney Van; Dr. Orion Murry won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics
Alice Estes Davis, Disney Legend in Costume Design; Actor and Academy award winner John Wayne (before transferring to Glendale High); Opera singer Marilyn Horne; Actress Barbara Britton; Spanish Banda singer Jenni Rivera; Spanish singer Lupillo Rivera; Julieta Venegas, Mexican-American regional singer; Vietnamese singer Linda Chou; Actress Cameron Diaz; Rapper Snoop Dogg; Actor Percy Daggs III; Actor Carl Weathers; Writer Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; Actor and Academy award winner Van Heflin; Musician Spike Jones; Actress Laraine Day; Singer Jo Stafford; Suzanna Pavadee Vicheinrut, Miss Thailand 1995 and Mrs. World 2004; Musician Bradley Nowell of Sublime; musicians Harold Brown, Charles Millers and Reggie Benson;