The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced on June 17 their 16 state academic team champions for the 2019-2020 school year.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 during the spring, only fall and winter sports were recognized. The CIF state academic team champions program was initiated in 1996 to reward teams with the highest collective grade point-averages, based on an unweighted 4.0 scale, in their respective sport.
CIF State Academic team champions will receive a banner, suitable for display in their school gym, to recognize this accomplishment. All nominees were their respective CIF Section Academic Team Champions.
Section offices forwarded their winners in all sports to the state office for consideration. The Southern Section had eight teams represented, followed by three teams from the Central Coast Section.
The North Coast and San Diego Sections had two teams each, followed by the Central Section with one team.
Poly Pasadena (SS) was the only school with two teams (girls golf and girls water polo) to accomplish a state-high team GPA. The girls’ volleyball team from Joshua Springs Christian (SS) was the only team to achieve a 4.0 GPA. The rest of the top team GPAs in each CIF approved sport for fall and winter are Calvary Chapel girls basketball from Santa Ana (3.98), Providence boys cross country from Santa Barbara (3.98), Webb girls cross country from Claremont (3.96), Poly girls golf (3.96), Whitney girls tennis from Cerritos (3.95), Poly girls water polo (3.94), Lynnbrook boys basketball of San Jose (3.91), Head Royce girls wrestling of Oakland (3.90), Nueva boys soccer of San Mateo (3.86), boys water polo of Hanford (3.86), La Costa Canyon girls field hockey of Carlsbad (3.82), Salinas traditional competitive cheer (3.67), Mission San Jose boys wrestling out of Fremont (3.67), Sage Hill football of Newport Beach (3.66).