THE SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS
Compton High is known with pride as the school of champions. These achievements bring with them local and national recognition and promote institutional prestige. Our accomplishments, character and pride went before us and that is what was and still is respected and associated with Compton High . Once you know the history, it’s THAT history that we answer to.
Dr. Michael L. Hopwood, Compton Recognition Advisory Committee
It is the purpose of the Compton High School Hall Of Fame to honor those who have combined the highest levels of individual and collective achievement with the ethics and values that are deeply rooted in Compton High’s global mission. Compton High administration, alumni, faculty, staff, and student body seeks to formally recognize those individuals or teams who have made outstanding contributions to the school and community.
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A National League (NL) All-Star eight times. Helped lead the Dodgers to six World Series , and championships in 1955 and 1959. Snider was elected to he National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. Played basketball, football, and baseball at Compton Senior High School, class of 1944
An All-NBA Team member in the National Basketball Association (NBA). NBA All-Star in 2018 for the fourth time in five years. Member of the United States 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics team. Compton Senior High School, class of 2008.
Professional Basketball Official
National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The first female official in any of the four major professional sports. NCAA Division II National Champion in 1985 and 1986 with Cal Poly Pomona. Compton Senior High School , class of 1982.
Member of the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts, and Washington Redskins. Named to the All-Pro team three times. Participated in Super Bowl V and VII, beating Dallas in SB V while with the Baltimore Colts and losing to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in SB VII as a member of the Washington Redskins. Cousin of NFL great Marvin Fleming. Played basketball alongside Compton’s great Freddie Goss and football at Compton Senior High School, class of 1961.
Member of the National Football League Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the undefeated ’72 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins. Played in five Super Bowls and seven NFL championships. All American at the University of Utah and the first African American Associated Student Body President in the University’s history. Played on the 59′ CIF Basketball Championship team. All League and All American in Football at Compton Senior High School, class of 1959.
Dr. Timothy Wright served as President William Clinton’s first Director of Domestic Policy and in various capacities in the administrations of Presidents Clinton, George H. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district Bobby L. Rush, Special Counsel. Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Compton Senior High School, class of 1973.
National Football League Commissioner
National Football League (NFL) Commissioner on January 26, 1960 as the youngest Commissioner in the history of all four major sports. Retired as Commissioner of the NFL in 1989. Known as the father of The Super Bowl. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Lettered in basketball and baseball at Compton Senior High School, class of 1944.
A charter member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Hall of Fame. Two-Time “National Coach of the Year” (’68 &’69) and Four-Time CIF Southern Section “Coach of the Year (’61 ’63, ’68 & ’69) with an overall coaching record that included undefeated back- to-back National Championships in 68′ and ’69
Coach Armstrong’s record of 66 consecutive wins is still a CIF State record.
Member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic soccer team and 1971 U.S. Pan American Games team. Head soccer coach at Whittier College. In 1978, he became an assistant coach at UCLA. In 1976, he joined the USSF Board of Directors and has held positions in USSF, FIFA, and Major League Soccer. Compton Senior High School, class of 1965.
Member of the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers famous “Steel Curtain”. Two-Time Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers in SB XIII and XIV. Member of the New York Jets in ‘88 Baltimore Colts, and Washington Redskins. Named to the All-Pro team three times. Named to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) All-CIF football team in ’72 & ‘73. Compton Senior High School, class of 1973
Appointed Chief of Staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the US Department of Education by President Barack Obama in 2010. Vice President Emerita from the University of Southern California, Carolyn has served as Senior Associate Provost at the University of Southern California and Vice President for University Relations in January of 2002. Chairman of the Board of the Community Coalition in Los Angeles in 2017, while continuing to serve as Chairman of the Board of Partnership For Los Angeles Schools. Compton Senior High School, class of 1965.
Judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California. He was appointed by Governor Gray Davis on August 8, 2002. Filer received a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Santa Cruz in 1977 and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1980. Compton Senior High School , class of 1973 .
Olympian Track N Field
President of Compton Community College, Dean of Students and professor. A member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic gold medal 1,600-meter relay team as the United States 4×400 meter team set a “new” World Record. Williams was also a member of the 1963 Arizona State University world record mile relay team. He was also the NCAA champion in 1963 and tied for first in 1964. Ulis set a National High School Prep Record in the 440 yard dash of 46.1 at age 17 and nearly won the 1960 Olympics 400 meter race championship before losing to Otis Davis. Ulis was the Coast League Track & Field Athlete of the Year in ’60 & ‘61 for Compton High earning him the name “Compton Comet.” He was a Charter Inductee into the 1975 ASU Hall of Fame. Compton Senior High School, class of 1961.
Teamed with Joseph Barbera in 1937 at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer television animation studio to produce Tom and Jerry cartoons. In 1957 they co-founded Hanna-Barbera producing The Flintstones, The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear while winning seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Reached a global audience of over 300 million people speaking more than 20 languages. His family moved to Watts, Ca. Compton Senior High School, class of 1928.
Singer, Song Writer, Guitarist
Kevin Roosevelt Moore “Keb’ Mo’ ” is a four-time Grammy winner to date.
Grammy nominated for Country Song of the Year for ‘I Hope’, a song he co wrote with the Dixe ChIcks. His songs have also been covered by such artists as BB King, Wynonna, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, Robert Palmer and Tom Jones. He has been a featured guest on other artist recordings including India Ari, Marcus Miller, Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Solomon Burke , Amy Grant, and Willie Nelson. Compton Senior High School 1969
Olympian Track n Field
Competed in the 1968 Olympic high jump in Mexico City as a high school senior while leading his Compton High basketball team to an undefeated season and National Title. All-American, Collegiate Athlete of the Year award winner. Member of the President’s Physical Fitness Program. The first high school athlete to jump seven feet. Set the small college, Cal Poly and NCAA record with a 7’4″ jump in 1973. Won both the NCAA Division II and Division I High Jump Championship in 1971 and 1973. Compton Senior High School, class of 1969.
Superintendent of the Rialto Unified School District starting in 2015. The first Mexican American and youngest Latino school chief ever hired by the Rialto Unified School District (Rialto USD). Served as the Assistant Superintendent For Educational Programs for the Los Angeles County Office of Education 2012. Director of educational services and principal of alternative education for Glendale Unified. Compton Unified a high school principal, middle school principal, elementary principal, curriculum specialist and middle school teacher. Compton Senior High School, class of 1987.
Datone Wayne Jones 2018
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft playing for four seasons. Completed the 2017 season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Played football at UCLA. Named to the Rivals.com All Pac 10 Freshman Team. College Football News (CFN) All Sophomore Defensive Team in ’09, “Ted Hendricks” Award for Best Defensive Lineman. Participated in the 2013 Senior Bowl Game. Compton Senior High School 2008.
Drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the second round of the 1973 NBA draft playing 7 year. Started two years with the New Orleans Jazz and was the team’s second leading scorer. Pac 8 “Hall of Fame” at the University of Washington. All-Pac 8 First Team. All American at Compton High. First Team All CIF. MVP CIF vs. Los Angeles City Section All Star game. Member Compton High 68′, 69′ back-to-back undefeated National Championship Teams. Academic All American. Asst. men’s coach Cal State Dominquez Hills. Women’s head coach Los Angeles Harbor College. In 1989 he led the Compton High boys to the semifinals of the state playoffs. Compton Senior High School, class of 1969.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams as a Safety and Kick Returner in the 7th round of the 1961 NFL Draft playing four years for the Rams two with the Detroit Lions until 1966. Played football at UCLA. All-Pac 8 Conference. All Coast League First Team performer in Football and Track ’56 & ‘57 at Compton High. California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Long Jump Champion ‘57. Served as Director of the “Upward Bound & Talent Search Program” at UCLA, 1971 thru 1982 for disadvantaged students seeking to enroll at UCLA. Compton Senior High School, class of 1957.
Track and Field Coach
Coach Hartmann won 5 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Track Titles and 11 CIF Southern Section Cross Country Titles in his illustrious coaching career at Compton High School. Coach Hartmann won both the CIF Southern Section Track Title and The CIF State Track Title in 1958. On May 1, 1965, Mr. Hartmann was given the “Gold Life Pass Award” by the CIF Southern Section. This award is symbolic of significant contributions to interscholastic athletics or who had a long and outstanding record of service to athletics in their community.
Drafted by the National Baseball League Houston Astros on June 7th 1966 as a pitcher. Once pitched a “no hitter” in class AAA NBL Minor League. Made his major league debut September 6th, 1969 for the Astros vs. San Francisco as a 21-year-old. Appeared in all the games of his big league career that season. Played baseball and basketball for Compton High School. All Coast League Team Baseball 1965,1966. California Interscholastic Federation All (CIF) Basketball Team in 1966. All Coast League Basketball 1st Team 1965, 1966. Led Compton HS to the CIF Basketball Playoffs both years. Graduated from Compton HS as the 2nd All Time Leading Scorer in school basketball history. Compton Senior High School, class of 1966.
Harvey Dillon 2018
All CIF Southern Section Team in 1964. Helped lead Compton High to the 1963 California Interscholastic Federation Basketball Championship.
All-Coast League First Team ’64 & ‘65 basketball. All-Coast League First Team Football in ’64 as a right cornerback
Played Varsity Basketball, Track, and Football at Compton High School.
After graduation from Compton HS, Harvey accepted a full basketball scholarship to the University of Southern California where he played from ’65 – ‘68. Graduated from Compton Senior High School, class of 1964.
Listed in the “Guinness Book of Records.” Won three consecutive national basketball championships with the UCLA Bruins from 1971 to 1973, and helped the school to a record 88-game consecutive win streak. Hollyfield played one season at Compton Junior College, averaged 22 points and earned California JC All-State honors. The JC team went undefeated at 33–0, and won the state JC title. California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Player Of The Year 1969 at Compton High School as a senior. All Coast League First Team Basketball ’68 & ‘69. All (CIF) Basketball First Team in ’68 & ‘69. CIFSS Tournament First Team in ’68 & ‘69. Helped lead CHS to undefeated back- to- back National Championships in ’68 & ‘69. National High School Player of the Year ‘69. Drafted by the Seattle Pilots of Major League Baseball. All Coast League Baseball First Team. Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1973 NBA Draft. Graduated from Compton Senior High School, class of 1969.
Ronald “ron” Knight 2018
Played Varsity basketball and Baseball at Compton High in ’64 & ’65. Named to the All-CIF Major Division Basketball team in ’65. Helped lead CHS to the CIF Major Division Basketball Playoffs in ’64 & ’65. Named to the All-Coast League Basketball First Team in ’64 & ’65. Received a scholarship to CSULA. All-Conference in Basketball. Inducted into the California State University Los Angeles Hall of Fame. Drafted by the NBA Portland Trail Blazers in 1970. An original member of the team, Ron was a starter in the first game of the franchise history and scored the team’s first two points. Played two years. He played with the Harlem Globetrotters for seven more seasons from 1973 to 1978 alongside fabled “magicians of the hardwood,” Marquis Haynes, Geese Osby and world‐renowned Meadowlark Lemon.
As a rookie “Trotter,” Knight saw the world as he visited Brazil, Holland,
Austria, Egypt and other exotic ports with his famous teammates. Boxing Promoter for the Inglewood Forum. Compton Senior High School, class of 1965.
National Prep Basketball All American ’68. All-CIF Tournament First Team 1968. Captain of CHS undefeated National Championship Basketball Team ’68, 32-0. Listed among ESPN’s FAB 50 All-Time Winningest #1 Prep Basketball Teams in America. All Coast League First Team Basketball ’66,’67 & ‘68. All (CIF) First Team Basketball in ’68 & ‘69. Selected as the Most Valuable Player of the CIF Tournament ’68. Played 4 years at Arizona State University, 2 years for Athletes in Action before opting to play 5 years Professional Basketball in Europe averaging 27pg, and once scoring 55 points in a playoff game vs. Racing Club De Paris . Named to the first ever European Converse All-Star Team. Dr. Hopwood has served as President of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees, Member Board of Directors of the Associated Pomona Teachers, member of the California Teachers Association State Council. A graduate of the Association of California School Administrators Principal Academy, he was Awarded Senior Associate by the California School Leadership Academy (2004). Appointed to the Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relations Council in January of 2007 and served as the council’s only African-American male member in the second largest school district in the nation. He held the leadership positions of Administrator Employee Relations Investigations Unit and Administrator of Operations Education Intensive Support and Innovation Center, one of only four such positions in LAUSD before retiring in 2013. Compton Senior High School, class of 1968.
Played Varsity Basketball at Compton High where he was the star of the team, All-Conference three consecutive years and then went on to attend Texas Southern University. In 1957 he was drafted in Round 8 by the NBA Philadelphia Warriors (now the Golden State Warriors). The following year in 1958, he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year — the second African American ever to win the award and becoming the lowest overall draft pick ever to win the award, a record he still holds. In 1959 he played in the NBA All-Star Game. Later in his career he played for the St. Louis Hawks, Chicago Zephyrs and 1966 NBA Champion Boston Celtics. Woody also played with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters from 1955 thru 1957. Compton Senior High School, class of 1952.
George A. Selleck, Ph.D. 2018
Basketball Player/ Sports Educator
George A. Selleck, Ph.D., M.Div., M.A., is a member of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor 2010. Stanford All-American & Athletic Hall of Fame 1958. Two-time Los Angeles Times High School Coach of the Year at Brentwood High School. He went on to serve as an NCAA referee for 15 years. College All American, High School All American, California Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year 1952 leading his team to a 32-0 record and the state championship. He chose to go back to school instead of playing professional basketball for the Philadelphia Warriors in the NBA or baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Earned a master’s in educational psychology at Stanford, a master’s in theology at Princeton, and a doctorate in counseling psychology. Dr. Selleck is the founder/co-founder of three non-profit organizations most recently, Leading2Play–designed to improve the youth sports experience for young people throughout the U.S. and beyond. Named one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America” by the Institute for International Sports, University of Rhode Island, 2007. California State Athletic Director’s Distinguished Service Award,1998. Los Angeles Times High School Coach of the Year 1975, 1981. Compton Senior High School, class of 1952.
Named to the Parade Magazine High School All-American First Team in ’61. Led Compton High School to the 1961 CIF Major Division Basketball Championship. Named to the AII-CIF Tournament Team and the Most Valuable Player of the ’61 CIF Tournament. Established a new CIF and State Scoring record. All Coast League First Team ‘60 and ’61. Coast League Most Valuable Player in ’60 and ’61.Upon graduation, Goss enrolled at University California of Los Angeles (UCLA) on a full athletic basketball scholarship, playing for the legendary College Hall of Fame Coach, John Wooden from ’62 thru ’66. Named to the All-Pac 8 Conference Team starring in the backcourt alongside Los Angeles Laker great Gail Goodrich to form one of the most dynamic duos at the guard position in collegiate basketball history. Won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball Championship in the 1964-1965 seasons. Goss was named Head Basketball Coach at the University of California at Riverside (UCR) from ’68 – ’79. He also coached Division 1 Basketball at United States International University (USIU) – San Diego from ’79 – ’85 (Now Alliant University). Compton Senior High School class of 1961.
Basketball Coach/CIF Commissioner
J. Kenneth Fagans coached basketball at Compton High. Fagans basketball career at Compton High School was incredible from 1950 through 1953. His Tarbabes won 53 straight games and they were crowned the CIF-SS Champions in 1951 and 1952 and lost in the finals in 1953. His 1952 team had a record of 32 – 0 and National Champions. He coached George Selleck, Ed Tucker, Woody Sauldsberry and Jim Marshall (later manager of Chicago Cubs). He later became an assistant principal at Compton’s Centennial High School before joining the CIF Southern Section to become Commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section. Fagans built the CIF Southern Section into one of the country’s largest and most powerful high school athletic associations. When he retired as commissioner in 1975 after 21 years, the section had grown from 218 schools to 458. The number of sports had expanded from 11 for boys to 22 for boys and girls. The Southern Section held the first girls’ athletic event in the state, a swimming invitational at Beverly Hills High in 1970, two years before Title IX was passed. Fagans was a basketball star at Huntington Park High and Oregon State University. In 1927 he led Huntington Park HS to the Southern Section basketball championship as a player. A few years after graduating from college, Mr. Fagans became an Assistant Basketball Coach at Stanford University before accepting the Head Coaching position at Compton High School.
Ron Richardson 2018
Professional Basketball Player
The 6ft-10inch Ron Richardson played varsity basketball his senior year 1969 at Compton High under Hall of Fame coach, William “Bill” Armstrong on the 30-0 undefeated CIF and National Championship team. The second of the 68 & ’69 back-to-back undefeated CIF and National Championship teams. Ron attended Compton Community Junior College and help lead the Tartars to the California State Junior College Championship going 33-0 in his very first year. The team set the Junior College State single game scoring record of 166 points, a record that still stands. Ron accepted a basketball scholarship to Texas Tech University where he averaged 13.3 points a game to go along with 9.2 rebounds to be among the leaders in those two important categories. Selected to the 1972-1973 Southwest Conference First Team as a senior, Richardson’s team won their conference for only the second time in school history. After a successful collegiate basketball career at Texas Tech, Ron was among the first players drafted in Europe by what was originally called the International Basketball Association where he played professionally. Compton Senior High School class of 1969.