Incredible history in a brand new league

The Vine Valley Athletic League “VVAL”, starting in the 2018/2019 school year, will be anything but without history.
Three of the seven schools comprising the brand new VVAL are three of the oldest schools in California history.
Petaluma High School was founded in 1883 and is one of the eight oldest in California.
Sonoma Valley High School was founded in 1891 and Napa High in 1897.

Petaluma High picked up it’s first state track championship in 1922. The first year California had a state meet was 1915.
Petaluma’s standout was “Les” Schwobeda who must have been the big man on campus as he was also the President of the Senior Class.

As a junior (1921) he was the NCS Champion at 880 yards in 2:04.6, breaking the Meet Record, and then took second at state in that event.
His senior year (1922) he was NCS Champion in both the Mile (4:44.0) and the 880 (2:02.4 MR).
At State he became the Empire’s only State Mile Champion running 4:40.0 into gale winds. He followed that with a second place finish in the 880.

Schwobeda is standing to the far right with his Petaluma team.

Old schools
Oak Grove Elementary School in Sebastopol, the Oak Grove Union School District the second-oldest school district in California.

Petaluma High School, the oldest high school in Sonoma County.

Santa Rosa High School is founded, opening the doors to its current location in 1924. It is the 9th school chartered in California history.

Healdsburg High School opens.

San Rafael High School, oldest High School in Marin County.

Sonoma Valley High School opens. It was meant to be a feeder school for UC Berkeley.

Cloverdale High School opens.

St Helena High opens.

Napa High opens.

Ukiah was incorporated in 1876 and some time before 1900 opened it’s High School.