Tom Brady, John Elway and Aaron Rodgers among 100 players in inaugural California High School Football Hall of Fame class

From Hugh McElhenny at Washington to John Elway at Granada Hills, Tom Brady at Junipero Serra and many more, California has been a hotbed for high school football for more than a century.

There has been an abundance of California prep stars who have gone on to celebrated NFL careers and many of them were recognized Monday when the 100-player inaugural class of the California High School Football Hall of Fame was announced at the Rose Bowl by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation.

The aforementioned McElhenny, Elway, current San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (Torrey Pines), Marcus Allen (Lincoln), Ronnie Lott (Eisenhower) and Anthony Munoz (Chaffey) were among the 29 Pro Football Hall of Famers on the list, according to NFL Research.

That number will undoubtedly climb with Brady and Aaron Rodgers (Pleasant Valley) in the distinguished class.

Current Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera (Seaside) is also in the class, as is legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who was a multisport start at John Muir High in Pasadena.

Two NFL Network analysts also made the cut: Willie McGinest and Maurice Jones-Drew. McGinest is one of six Long Beach Poly products on the list as the Jackrabbits have a long history of producing NFL talent. Jones-Drew, who starred at Northern California powerhouse Concord De La Salle, is one of three Spartans to be recognized.

Jones-Drew is joined by his high school coach, Bob Ladouceur, who is accompanied by California coaching luminaries such as Mike Herrington, Bill Redell, Kevin Rooney and Harry Welch, among others, in a 13-coach group.

The class of 100 players is emblematic of the Rose Bowl Stadium's 100th year. In the future, classes will be enshrined every other year and of a smaller size. The first class was selected by a 26-member committee that included members of the media and administrators from California.

The California High School Football Hall of Fame will be located at the Rose Bowl and is set to open in late-November, with an induction ceremony for the inaugural class set for the spring of 2023.

A full list of the class members is below:

California High School Football Hall of Fame inaugural class of players

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Player (High School)Player (High School)Player (High School)Player (High School)
Frankie Albert (Glendale)Marcus Allen (Lincoln)Jon Arnett (Manual Arts)Matt Barkley (Mater Dei)
Steve Bartkowski (Buchser)Dick Bass (Vallejo)Gary Beban (Sequoia)Hal Bedsole (Reseda)
Ricky Bell (Fremont)Tom Brady (Serra)John Brodie (Oakland Tech)Tedy Bruschi (Roseville)
Reggie Bush (Helix)Mark Carrier (Long Beach Poly)Chris Claiborne (J.W. North)Randy Cross (Crespi)
Randall Cunningham (Santa Barbara)Sam Cunningham (Santa Barbara)Anthony Davis (San Fernando)Glenn Davis (Bonita)
Jack Del Rio (Hayward)Morley Drury (Long Beach Poly)Henry Ellard (Hoover)John Elway (Granada Hills)
Nello “Flash” Falaschi (Bellarmine)Tom Fears (Manual Arts)Vince Ferragamo (Banning)Kai Forbath (Notre Dame)
DeShaun Foster (Tustin)Dan Fouts (St. Ignatius)Mike Garrett (Roosevelt)Toby Gerhart (Norco)
Frank Gifford (Bakersfield)Tony Gonzalez (Huntington Beach)Pat Haden (Bishop Amat)Michael Haynes (John Marshall)
John Huarte (Mater Dei)DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly)Jimmy Johnson (Kingsburg)John Henry Johnson (Pittsburg)
Maurice Jones‐Drew (De La Salle)Napoleon Kaufman (Lompoc)Lincoln Kennedy (Morse)Billy Kilmer (Citrus)
Eddie LaBaron (Oakdale)Matt Leinart (Mater Dei)Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach Poly)James Lofton (Washington)
Ronnie Lott (Eisenhower)John Lynch (Torrey Pines)Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Tech)Gino Marchetti (Antioch)
Ollie Matson (Washington)Bruce Matthews (Arcadia)Bill McColl (Hoover)Tim McDonald (Edison)
Hugh McElhenny (Washington)Willie McGinest (Long Beach Poly)John McKay Jr. (Bishop Amat)Mike McKeever (Mount Carmel)
Freeman McNeil (Banning)Ron Mix (Hawthorne)Warren Moon (Hamilton)Don Mosebar (Mt. Whitney)
Harold “Brick” Muller (Oakland Tech)Anthony Munoz (Chaffey)Ernie Nevers (Santa Rosa)Ken O’Brien (Jesuit)
Carson Palmer (Santa Margarita)Joe Perry (Jordan)Jim Plunkett (James Lick)Les Richter (Fresno)
Ron Rivera (Seaside)Jackie Robinson (John Muir)Jerry Robinson (Cardinal Newman)Aaron Rodgers (Pleasant Valley)
Rashaan Salaam (La Jolla Country Day)John Sciarra (Bishop Amat)Junior Seau (Oceanside)Richard Sherman (Dominguez)
Jeff Siemon (Bakersfield)Alex Smith (Helix)Dennis Smith (Santa Monica)Bob St. Clair (Poly)
Lynn Swann (Serra)Amani Toomer (De La Salle)Gino Torretta (Pinole Valley)Norm Van Brocklin (Acalanes)
Gene Washington (Long Beach Poly)Kenny Washington (Lincoln)Bob Waterfield (Van Nuys)Charles White (San Fernando)
Russell White (Crespi)Ricky Williams (Patrick Henry)D.J. Williams (De La Salle)Roy Williams (James Logan)
Ron Yary (Bellflower)Charles Young (Edison)Luis Zendejas (Don Lugo)Gary Zimmerman (Walnut

California High School Football Hall of Fame inaugural class of coaches

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Coach (High School)
Bob Ladouceur (De La Salle)
Marijon Ancich (St. Paul)
Kevin Rooney (Notre Dame)
Gene Vollnogle (Banning, Carson)
Bob Johnson (Mission Viejo, El Toro)
Herb Meyer (El Camino)
John Barnes (Los Alamitos)
Dwight “Goldie” Griffin (Bakersfield)
Harry Welch (Canyon, St. Margaret’s, Santa Margarita)
Dick Bruich (Fontana)
Bill Redell (Crespi, St. Francis, Oaks Christian)
Lou Farrar (Charter Oak)
Mike Herrington (Hart, Bellflower)

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