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
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.
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.
Burcham Field, the Poly Athletic field, is dedicated on January 18.
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.
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.
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
"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.
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: The library is built at
a cost of $500,000. 1954: Basketball wins its fifth consecutive CIF title.
Neil W. Phillips coins the phrase "Home of Scholars and Champions" as a second school motto.
Our 'great' class graduates
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.
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.
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.