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 Poly's Historical timeline

Classes begin in the fall at the Methodist Tabernacle Chapel, northeast corner of Third Street and Locust Avenue, Principal was Walter S. Bailey and teacher Hattie Mason teach English, math, history, Latin, Greek and German to 28 students.
On June 18, Mr. Ernest Shaul receives his diploma as the first graduate of the LB schools and the sole member of the class of 1897. Classes moved to Chautauqua Hall at Fourth Street and Pine Avenue as work begins on the new Long Beach High School at Eighth Street at American Avenue (now Long Beach Blvd.)
Long Beach High School dedicated on May 20 as a mission-style building with a red tile roof, 4 classrooms and an assembly hall.
The LB High School Athletic Association is formed.  A semi-pro baseball team donates uniforms to Poly which changed the school colors to match the uniforms - from red and white to green and gold.
Courtney A. Teel graduates, the first student to go through every grade in the Long Beach schools.
The first LB High School 'Caerulea' is published.
Football and basketball come to Poly
California's first Student Government is formed
David 'Daddy' Brucham becomes principal, a title he would hold until 1941. The girl's basketball team wins the first of three consecutive state championships.
Debate begins on a site for a new 'polytechnic' high school with a curriculum patterned after the L.A. schools.
The corner of 16th street and Atlantic is chosen as the school's new, larger and permanent site.
L.B. Poly opens with 31 teachers and 850 students. California's first PTA is formed this year.
The California Interscholastic Federation forms, as does a girl's athletic league.
1917 - 1918
In 1917 JROTC was introduced. 1917-1918 an influenza epidemic and World War 1 interrupt school life and sports. Inspired by the rabbits that roam the athletic field, the track team members decide to call themselves the Jackrabbits.  On December 27, the old high school burns down. It last served as an elementary school. 22 Poly students gave their lives in World War I.
David Burcham Field, the Poly Athletic field, is dedicated on January 18.
This school year's enrollment reached 3,750. During most of the 1920's, Poly was the largest school west of the Mississippi.
Woodrow Wilson High opened in eastern Long Beach and quickly becomes Poly's chief rival.
Poly captured 5 CIF titles in one year, football, basketball, cross country, swimming and water polo.
A new auditorium was built at a cost of $200,000.
March 10, a 6.3 earthquake hits the area and the school's towering dome at the entrance collapses. Many buildings were ruined and the science building was burned to the ground. School reopens the following week in 47 tents on Burcham Field. "Tent City" remained for three years. Bricks from Poly High were sold as souvenirs after the earthquake.  The proceeds paid for a memorial flagpole that now stands in the center of the campus.
1935- 1937
1935: A new science building is constructed and the Poly auditorium is remodeled. Architect Hugh Davies authors the school motto "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve. 1936: A new administration building opens.  1937: 1,006 students graduate - this class of 1937 is the first to graduate over 1,000 students.
1941 - 1944
Principal "Daddy" Burcham retires as the U.S. enters World War II. Poly students grow Victory Gardens, join bond and scrap drives. Some 4,000 Poly students and staff enlisted to fight in the war.  77 died. Many fought before they graduated. Many returned to finish their studies and receive their diplomas. The Hutch opens on Willow and Pine - many off campus dances and activities were held after school. Because of WW II, many students missed out on senior activities. Ditch Day on Catalina Island was closed for War Defense and even their Senior Prom. Many male teacher were drafted into the armed forces and were replaced by female teachers. Senior girls had a class called MWP, Mobilization of Women Power, and they were assigned a very daring book (about sex) that was wrapped in brown paper.
Poly celebrates its 50th anniversary. "The Spirit of Poly," a bomber plane built by Douglas Aircraft Co. was financed with war bonds sold by Poly students, flies over the campus. It reinforced the spirit and patriotism of the students.
The old wooden bleachers at Burcham Field burned down. The new Veterans stadium becomes Poly's home field. Poly is, at this point, the best-known institution in the nation through its leadership in sports and academics. The gyms and student store are built.
1953 - 1954
1953: The library is built at a cost of $500,000. 1954: Basketball wins its fifth consecutive CIF title.
Principal Neil W. Phillips coins the phrase "Home of Scholars and Champions" as a second school motto.
Our 'great' class graduates
1965:Poly has won 60 CIF titles.  1966: A record number of  candidates (117), run for office for Student Commission as the bylaws are changed.  1969: On May 27, about 100 white and African-American students fight on campus in response to a racist leaflet. This terrible day leaves 24 students injured.
1971 - 1978
1971:Homecoming King and Queen titles are ended due to racial tensions.  1973: JROTC programs starts enrolling females to participate. DEA (School of Educational Alternatives) Program is established, based on Summerhill 'Learning without Walls'. 1975:
Poly North opens at Big Bear Lake as a weekend human relations camp. 1976: PACE (Program of Additional Curricular Experiences), the school's oldest academy is first started by Nancy Gray, a language teacher, brings in students for college-prep classes.  1977:  Badminton comes to Poly. 1978: Girls Track and Gymnastic Teams are formed.
1982 - 1984
1982:  CIC (Center for International Commerce) is co-founded by Greta McGree. This program brings in gifted students for college-prep with an emphasis in international studies and commerce.  1984:USA Today recognizes Poly with #1 ranking in the Nation with titles from Moore League, CIF and State.
1986 -1989
1986:Poly is one of six California schools that year to receive the Distinguished School Recognition Award, the California Department of Education's highest honor.  1989:  Poly becomes a 4-year high school.
1993 - 1995
1993:New Science Building is built. Poly becomes the first LB school to have two principals. 1994:Tardy Sweep is implemented. Huong Tran Nguyen, a Poly teacher, is named Teacher of the Year by the Walt Disney Co.  1995:  Poly celebrates 100 year anniversary.
2000 - 2003
2000: Poly wins 5 CIF championships - Football, Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Track & Field. Poly's music program is recognized as a Grammy Signature School Gold, among the top ten music programs in the country.  2003: A $15 million building-by-building campus modernization process begins (completed in Fall 2006). Music Program again named Grammy Signature School Gold.
2004 - 2005
2004:  PACE Student Sumner Arano (grad 2005) scores a perfect 1600 on SAT and a perfect 36 on ACT college entrance exams. Poly Boys football and basketball teams capture the CIF crowns. 2005:Harvard recognizes Poly as the Most Successful High School in California in the number of graduates.  Sports Illustrated names Poly as the #1 Sports High School in the nation. 704 Advance Placement tests yields an overall pass rate of 81%.
2006 - 2008
2006:School ID to be worn all the time - implemented in all of the school district.  PACE student Samantha Larson has climbed the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on every continent. 2007:  Every student required to complete 40 hours of community service to graduate. 2008: Poly Varsity Football win CIF Pac-5 Division. Girl's Basketball wins CIF, Girls Varsity Track and Field win CIF.

 More to come. We'll keep you updated on what is happening on the Poly campus